How To Choose Carpeting
Before you begin shopping for your new carpet, answer the following questions:
Where in your home will the new carpeting be installed?
Keep in mind that you’ll need a durable type of carpet in rooms that see a lot of activity and have high-traffic areas, especially family rooms, hallways and game rooms. You can use our Flooring Estimator to help determine the right carpet for you and your family.
Do you have children and/or pets?
If you have a flock of little ones or furry four-legged family members, you’ll need carpet with high stain resistance.
What do you like or dislike about your current carpet?
If your carpet isn’t as soft as you’d like, or if you feel the color or style is outdated, then you have some options to consider that will deliver the characteristics you desire.
How quickly do you need your new carpet installed?
Special order carpets can take up to two weeks to arrive, but we carry a number of carpet types and styles to accommodate our customers who need a quicker turn-around.
View our full carpet assortment online at homedepot.com/carpet, and our downloadable carpet buying PDF.
Five Carpet Considerations to Keep in Mind Before You Buy
|1. Carpet weight and fiber: Ounce weight is the biggest
factor in determining the cost of carpet. A lower ounce
weight will affect thickness and softness. Durable fibers,
such as nylon and polyester, normally are priced higher
but you get better carpet for your money.
|2. Carpet pad: A better pad will result in greater comfort
and aid in durability.
|3. Warranty coverage: No one can match The Home Depot
comprehensive warranty coverage. You’ll enjoy peace-of-
mind with lifetime stain warranties, wear warranties of up to
25 years and lifetime installation warranties.
|4. Financing options: We offer a variety of carpet financing
options. homedepot.com/credit for additional information.
|5. Installation options: We offer lifetime installation
warranties and you’ll only pay for the services you
need. Furniture moving, removal and disposal are
priced separately, so we can customize your
installation based on your needs and budget.
Carpet Fibers and Types
Carpet fibers are the specific type of material that comprises carpet. Because different fibers react to wear and tear in varying degrees, it’s important to understand each type of fiber and what they offer in terms of durability, stain resistance and fading.
There are five primary carpet fibers that comprise most carpet types:
Nylon: The most popular fiber that is also the strongest and most durable
Polyester: Offers superior stain and fade resistance while delivering vibrant coloration
Triexta: Comprised of 39 percent corn sugars, which translates to extreme softness
Olefin: Least expensive carpet fiber that repels UV rays
Wool: The premier carpet fiber with excellent durability and a soft, luxurious feel
When deciding upon the type of carpet that is right for your home, keep in mind that whatever type you choose, it will become a focal point for the room where you install it. You can choose to have your carpet accent your décor, or provide contrast, depending on your personal taste.
There are four main carpet types to choose from:
|Texture (Saxony/Cut Pile): Offers a smooth surface and traditional look. Great for high-traffic areas such as living rooms and hallways.|
|Twist (Frieze): Delivers a modern, casual and stylish look with great durability. Recommended for bedrooms, sitting rooms and media rooms.|
|Loop (Berber): Provides maximum durability for active family rooms and high-traffic areas, such as recreation rooms, basements and workout rooms.|
|Pattern (Cut & Loop/Sculptured): Offers distinctive looks with patterns for a stunning visual impact. Recommended for formal rooms, dining rooms and basements.|
Collections and Warranties
Reference the following charts to find features, benefits and helpful information for the specific brands we carry and their warranties.
|RECOMMENDED CARPET PAD||Scotchgard™ or Memory Foam||Memory Foam or StepAhead™ with Nike Grind®||StepAhead™ with Nike Grind® or TrafficMaster™|
|WARRANTY||Platinum Plus® Lifetime Stain and Soil, 25-Year Wear and Texture Warranties||Select, Deluxe and Premium Warranties available ranging from 5 to 15 years||A variety of warranty coverages available (up to 10 years)|
|FIBER||Nylon or Triexta™||Polyester||Polyester, Olefin and Nylon|
|THICKNESS||Medium to High||Low to Medium||Low|
|BENEFITS||Durability, stain resistance and wear warranties||Broad selection at great value||Commercial applications available|
|Martha Stewart Living™ and the Martha Stewart Circle Logo™ are trademarks of Martha Stewart Living
Omnimedia, Inc. Copyright ©2013 Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
|FOOD & BEVERAGE||Lifetime||Lifetime||10-Year||5-Year|
|PET URINE||Lifetime||Lifetime||Not included||Not included|
|STAIRS||Included||Not included||Not included||Not included|
Having a durable carpet pad will increase the comfort level of your carpeting. We carry four exclusive types of padding.
• ½-inch thickness
Memory Foam with Teflon
• 8-pound density
StepAhead with Nike Grind
• 8-pound density
TrafficMaster 6 pound and 8 pound
• Hypoallergenic, designed for use in commercial and
Recommended Carpet Pad
RECOMMENDED CARPET PAD
|STEPAHEAD™ WITH NIKE GRIND®|
|TRAFFICMASTER™ 6LB. & 8LB.|
Our certified carpet installers deliver professional results, giving you a worry-free installation that you’ll be proud to show to friends and family.
Our carpet installation includes:
Quick-Install Options: Select styles and colors can be installed seven business days after measurement and payment are completed. In many stores, certain carpet options can be installed in as little as 72 hours.
Lifetime Installation Warranty: We stand behind our quality installations performed by our independent flooring professionals. These insured, licensed (where applicable) and certified specialists have been chosen for providing exceptional craftsmanship and customer service that meets or exceeds industry standards.
Digital Technology Measurement: We are the only retailer to offer advanced digital measurement technology to our customers. Our technicians use proven digital measurement pads to quickly and accurately map your installation. You can schedule a measure for a time that’s convenient for you.
Customizable Pricing: We only charge for the services you want. We offer competitive basic installation pricing and add-ons like old flooring removal/disposal, furniture moving and stair/step installation. You decide which services you want and we’ll take care of the rest.
Proven Customer Satisfaction: Customers give our installation services a 5-star satisfaction rating, with 9 out of 10 reporting they were “completely satisfied” (Voice of Customer Survey, March 2013).