Lately we’ve had a lot of customers approach us for a cheap carpet option. We all like to save money, but carpet is definitely one of the purchases where quality is reflected in price. Carpet is an investment, so thinking long-term pays off. If you want your carpet to stay down and look good for more than 1 to 2 years, cheap is not the way to go. The difference between a cheap carpet option and a higher quality option is the length of time the carpet will look good for. Sure, two carpets could both have a 10 year warranty but a carpet that is domestically rated vs extra heavy duty domestic or commercial rated will look better for longer which means a longer time between replacing. This is especially important in investment and rental properties. A small increase in price – usually between $5-10 per metre can mean double the “looking good” time on the floor. Some perks of choosing a higher quality carpet are:
- Holds up to professional cleaning better
- Will look better for longer
- Less likely to fray or hold stains
- A better long-term investment
- You save time by not having to replace as often
- Less prone to damage from regular use
That being said, there are some times where a cheap option is the best. For instance, if you’re fixing up a property to sell and just want a good looking option for a short time. Other than that, it’s important to look at the quality as well.
My final suggestion is, when looking for new carpet, don’t be afraid to ask about the quality or ask for more than one quote. You might be surprised at how little the difference is between a cheap carpet and a higher quality one that will last twice as long!