Carpet / April 18, 2018 / Hollie Sweeney
Density Matters. Out of all of the factors that determine quality in a carpet, density has to be among the most important. The denser a carpet is, the more resilient and durable it's going to be. This makes all kinds of sense and doesn't really need a lot of explanation. When the tufts that make up carpeting are packed closely together, it is considered to be dense; when they are spaced far apart, the carpeting is considered to be sparser. When you are looking at a sample, bend it back. If the backing is easy to see, it's not dense carpeting. You should also press into the carpeting; if you can feel the backing with ease, you're not holding very dense carpeting.
It is also a good idea to visit the homes of others that the fitter has worked on in the past, as this will give you an idea of the quality of their work before hiring them. If this isn't possible, then you should at least ask to see some photos of their work. You must remember that although private contractors may offer a lower price for carpet fitting than your retailers service, after service in many cases can be poor. If problems are encountered, you'll probably find that your options are very limited. If you do choose an independent carpet fitter, you should always insist that the fitter carry out the work to the standard for installation of residential carpets CRI 105.
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