Flooring Samples: Testing Carpet, Laminate and Hardwood Flooring
The first process in shopping for a new floor is acquiring flooring samples. These can often be free, but depending on the quality of the floor can require payment. Whether you are trying to find the right carpet, laminate or hardwood flooring, you should never make a final decision before taking it for a test drive in your home. So many factors in your environment could change how you feel about your chosen options. Today, we will be discussing how to test your flooring samples to the max, so that you can feel completely certain of your final decision.
Carpets have a much larger range of color than laminate and hardwood. They also aren’t hard surface floor giving you a completely different look, feel and texture to your flooring. Keep this in mind. Here are the basics of testing your carpet, laminate and hardwood flooring samples.
- The biggest test will be an all day affair, different lighting as the day passes into night is essential to knowing if your floor will be aesthetically pleasing to you at all hours of the day. So get up early while it is still dark, place the sample in a room with windows. Throughout the day, check the flooring samples often and determine if your chosen color looks good in all lighting. At night, don’t forget to use inside lighting such as lamps and chandeliers to see how it looks under unnatural lighting. Hopefully you will like what you see, but doing this will assure your happiness with your flooring choice.
- Comfortability is a must in testing. Feeling up your hardwood, laminate and carpet samples is a must to range how you feel about them. Walk on them or try to stand on them and see how it feels under foot. Even though it will not be the exact same feel because it isn’t installed, it will give you a basic idea of what to expect.
- Next is the stress testing the flooring samples, which can be fun. You know all of those benefits your choice flooring specifically states under it’s specifications? Simply put them to the test! Stomp on them, scratch hard surfaces with keys, scuff them up with a scratch pad, destroy (or try to) in anyway that they boast extra protection in under the specifications. If you are staining up a flooring sample don’t forget to try to get the stain out to see how well the stain resistance really is. Coffee and Grape Juice are great stains if you are really looking for a tough cookie of a carpet.
- Now that you have tested the flooring samples, weigh them out against one another and see which one best suits you. I find it best to write down results as I go so I do not get confused later. If you are not happy with any of your chosen samples, time to start again or perhaps think of another flooring type that my better suit your needs.
I hope that this will help on your journey to finding the best flooring option for you. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them as soon as possible.