Louisville Magazine

MAR 2012

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[ H+D>> Trends ] Tuft Choices Synthetic materials have made carpet shopping a less-weighty — and less- pricey — experience. R etail sales of wood, tile, lami- nate and resilient — aka vinyl — flooring have been rising for more than a decade. Even 2008's real estate crash hasn't stemmed the stam- pede to hard-surface floors. Te popu- larity of wood and natural stone in home decor has helped fuel the trend, but the housing downturn itself is also making homeowners take a closer look at the longevity of the products they buy. Depending on installation, quality and traffic, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2000 Residential Rehabilitation In- spection Guide rates the average life expectancy of carpet at 11 years. Com- paratively, wood and stone — oak, pine, slate and marble — are projected to last a lifetime. Still, despite its shorter shelf life, carpet has carved out a place in most homes, whether it's wall-to-wall or bound into area rugs or runners. It's soft underfoot. It's great at absorbing sound, especially on stairs. It doesn't get slippery when wet. Strategically placed rugs and runners can save wear-and- tear on wood and tile. And with the many textures and patterns available today, carpet can dramatically change the look of a room in the time it takes to install it. If you haven't purchased carpet in a while, here's what you need to know. Naturally synthetic: The tone- on-tone leafy-branches pattern of this carpet exemplifies loop- cut-loop style. [102] LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.12 By Donna Andrews Russell Photos from HGTV & Shaw Carpets

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