Indoor/Outdoor Carpet: The Guide To Quality
Looking to spruce up some of your outdoor areas for the fair-weather days? Or maybe you want to find a more comfortable flooring option for your screened porch? Whatever the reason, Georgia Carpet is here to guide you through the whole process. From choosing an indoor/outdoor carpet that suits you to installation and everything in between, we have some great guidelines to share. When it comes to choosing quality, you want to know all the basics first.
It’s important to explore all the different types of indoor/outdoor carpet that are available. Many are made from synthetic fibers that are specifically treated against mold and mildew. Others are made from recycled materials for those who want to reduce waste and ensure sustainability when decorating their homes. Another great type of carpeting is the natural fiber ones like sisal. All of these can be installed using various methods. Typically a glue or adhesive tape is used to make sure the carpet does not slide around. If you are dealing with carpet rolls, the glue-down option might be a bit more tedious. With carpet tiles, it is much easier to lay and cut everything out. As with all carpet placement, make sure to pack down all the areas and edges for a sealed-in effect. Once you find the type of indoor/outdoor carpet you want, it is time to find a brand that offers what you are looking for. Georgia Carpet Industries offers many brand options like Stanton, our own private label, and Shaw Philadelphia. Each one has its own pros and cons but Shaw is backed by some of the best warranties and quality. It is the best overall with the widest selection of styles and designs. Now that we’ve gone over brands and types of indoor/outdoor carpet, you are probably thinking to yourself, “so what’s the big deal? Is there really a difference from regular carpet?” The answer is yes! The main differentiating factor between indoor and outdoor carpet is durability. Almost all outdoor carpet can be used indoors but indoor carpet cannot be used outdoors. An indoor/outdoor carpet is made for high traffic and is easier to clean. Typically there are more berber and woven styles with indoor/outdoor carpet since a style like shag would not do well in various weather conditions. Many of these carpets have UV stabilization which is essential to keeping your carpet colors vibrant and resistant to fading. Along with this added fiber protection, these carpets don’t retain dirt as easily so cleaning up after having some fun in the sun is hassle-free.
Unlike indoor carpet, indoor/outdoor carpet can battle the elements. It is resistant to mold and mildew which is important for keeping your porches, decks, patios, and sunrooms safe and comfortable. It is also important to maintain your carpet as you would indoors. If you have a rug that is fairly easy to remove, it is always good to wash it out every so often. Just make sure to leave it out in the sun and dry both sides completely before you put it back. This ensures no mildew or mold spores get trapped in your beautiful carpet. For areas that are completely carpeted, a good vacuum and spot treatment will do the trick. If you are worried about fading in the sun, make sure to cover or bring your rugs in when you are not out actively enjoying their use. In areas where the entire floor space is covered this is a bit more difficult. Its so resistant to the elements that most indoor outdoor carpets are rated to go over boat decking. Generally, places that are fully covered are under some kind of overhang that will provide enough protection. We hope that these tips and information will help guide you as you choose your indoor/outdoor carpet. To learn more, visit our page, everything you need to know about indoor outdoor carpet. Here at Georgia Carpet Industries we offer a wide variety of carpets and flooring so make sure to check us out online at georgiacarpet.com or in-store.