Carpet manufacturers produce different qualities of carpet to fulfil the diverse requirements of consumers worldwide. In simple terms, the level of quality is determined by the carpet’s construction, fibre type and fibre weight
Some carpet manufacturers take a proactive approach to protect the environment. Manufacturers such as Godfrey Hirst and Feltex Carpets have achieved ISO 14001:2004 compliance, which demonstrates the organisation has an environmental management system across its operations.
Godfrey Hirst and Feltex Carpets also have a range of carpets that are environmentally certified under the Australian Carpet Classification Scheme. Inclusion of the label below indicates that the carpet in question has achieved this external accreditation.
The easiest way to measure carpet quality is to look at the performance rating from an independent certification body such as the Australian Carpet Classification Scheme. This information should be on the back of the carpet sample. In general, one of the following performance ratings is given to a residential carpet:
- Residential Extra Heavy Duty suitable for Stairs
- Residential Extra Heavy Duty
- Residential Heavy Duty suitable for Stairs
- Residential Heavy Duty
If you intend to live in your home for a long period of time or you have a busy household, it is recommended that you purchase a carpet independently certified and rated Residential Extra Heavy Duty suitable for Stairs.
There are a large number of carpet warranties/guarantees being offered in the marketplace. It is imperative that you read the full warranty information before you make your final decision to ensure you fully understand your entitlements. At The Flooring Foundation, we are supported by local carpet manufacturers such as Feltex Carpets and Godfrey Hirst who offer a 'Plain English Warranty' and after sales support, which you can rely on.