Sunday, June 7, 2009

How Thick Should My Indoor Outdoor Carpet Runner Be?

By Zak Stanislawski

Indoor outdoor carpet is a type of carpet. It is resilient enough to survive things like harsh weather, moisture, and chemicals. This is why people like to use it around pools, walk ways, decks, patios, play rooms and porches. This carpet doesn't tend to be as expensive.

The best kind of indoor out door carpet to choose is one that is made with Olefin. Carpet made with this material is usually treated so it will be stain resistant and moisture resistant. Some are even treated to protect against fading in the sun and harsh pool chemicals. This special treatment prolongs life of the carpet. Every few years the chemicals need to be reapply because over time the resistance wears down.

The thicker the carpet the higher the quality tends to be. Higher quality indoor outdoor carpet usually has marina backing. This is especially important if you plan to use your carpet in areas where it will be exposed to moisture. It is the backing that stops problems mold and mildew.

Indoor outdoor carpet comes in a large variety of colors. Most consumers agree that brown, grey, green and black are the better choices.

Many homeowners prefer plush carpet for areas that are completely covered. It looks and feel is unlike the other types of carpet. Like the other outdoor carpets it is best to choose a thicker carpet for areas that will have high activity.

Another type of indoor outdoor carpet is astro turf. This type of carpet is made from polyethylene, Polypropylene or nylon. Polyethylene is often found in children's play areas. Nylon is also used in playgrounds golf courses. Polypropylene is the least expensive and is often found in golf courses.

Outdoor carpet runners are small pieces of indoor outdoor carpet placed in entrance ways. This carpet needs to be at least 5/16" thick. It should have a backing that keeps it in place and prevents people from slipping. It like the other carpet should be treated to prevent stains and moisture builds up.

Before purchasing compare density and backing. The thicker the carpet the longer it will last and it will feel better to walk across. Make sure it has a moisture barrier if there is any chance that it will get wet. You would want to choose a higher quality thicker carpet if you plan to use it in areas with a lot of activities

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