Hello Friends and Neighbors,
Pet friendly carpet. I get asked this question a lot... What kind of carpet
will hold up better if I have cats, dogs or other pets and animals? If you are talking mostly bedrooms (lower foot traffic
areas), then a good stain resistant carpet is a good option. If you are talking higher foot trafic areas such as a living,
room, dining room, family room, hall or stairs then you want to consider a stain resistant carpet of better quality construction.
In a nutshell, a carpet made from continuous filament yarn will
look newer much longer than carpet made from cheaper staple yarns. Get a carpet with high twist yarns or a good quality
Berber. Lower pile carpet (as opposed to thicker pile carpet) will also look newer longer. Depending on the dogs,
(size, age, color of fur etc), I would go with a medium or darker color. I would stay away from light colors.
PADDING: If you have a pet that is older or not housebroken, you want to prevent the possibility of pet urine
from getting into the subfloor. If that happens, it will be a major inconvenience and expense to try to remove the smell later.
If you want to reduce the possibility of unwanted liquids from soaking into your subfloor, get a 8 lb 1/2" thick rebond
pad with a moisture barrier.
When you are ready, make a sketch of
the entire (to insure you don't forget a room or a closet) area(s) you want to replace the carpet with the measurements
of each room. Be sure to measure from door to door (as opposed to wall to wall), because the installers finish the carpet
right under where the door closes so if you measure from wall to wall, you will be 6 inches short
on every wall where there is a door.
You need to figure exactly how much carpet you need to do the job properly (without having too much left over). The amount of square footage is great for
tile or hardwood but when it comes to materials that come in a roll (such as carpet), we need to consider the width of the roll so the room sizes are critical.