We are looking into replacing the carpet in the den and family room, in which the main hallway also is. Possibly considering replacing the carpeting on the stairs and upstairs hall/balcony to do bad wearing, visible seam the width of the stairs in the upstairs hall.We have a 13 year old black lab, and 7 and 8 year old boys. My husband and boys like to go barefoot, and I have pretty much given up on trying to get them to wear socks. We also have several neighborhood kids, usually barefoot, over to play primarily in the den. At least they take their shoes off, but barefoot probably isn't much better. As far as vacuums go, I have upright Simplicities in Symmetry and Synergy that are only a few years old.
As far as carpets go, I am looking for a stain resistant, durable, easy to clean, tight twist, short cut pile with a berber fleck or multi-tone look. I am looking for a warm medium light beige shade. Something that will help hide foot prints, vacuum marks, wear patterns, and potential stains. Since labs naturally have oily coats, and my boys like to go barefoot, I am assuming a nylon is better choice since the Sorona, Smart Strand, etc fibers seem to have more of an affinity to oil based stains than nylon (per my research). I would also like to get about a 15 year life (or longer) out of the carpet before having to replace it.
The carpets I am considering are all nylon R2X with the softbac in the Shaw Family and are as follows:
Tuftex Move on Up in Brown Rice, 46.8 oz/sq yard face weight
ShawMark AG Cloud Spun in either Condensation, Pileus, or Billows, 56.6 oz/sq yard face weight. Shaw's website states this is a loop style, but appears to be a cut loop.
Shaw Unrivaled Beauty in either Spice, Sandstorm, or Maize, 37.1 oz/sq yard face weight
The Unrivaled Beauty appears to be the exact same carpet as the Pisa I and the Meet and Greet I samples I have and have with a performance rating of 3.75. And both the Pisa II (4.0 performance rating) and the Meet and Greet II (4.25 performance rating) seem to be the exact same thing but what I was told slightly more dense. And all of these, aside from face weights, seem to be the same exact thing as the ShawMark AG Cloud Spun.
I have only gone to local, independant flooring stores, not big box stores. Two places recommend a 7/16" 8lb rebond pad, one place says he uses a full 1/2" 8lb rebond instead of a cheater 7/16' pad, but this guy was also steering me in the direction of Shaw's TripleTouch pad. I don't know if 1/16" makes any difference, but from what I've researched, the 7/16" is what is recommended. I have also been told by one retailer (that also cleans carpets, restores floors, etc) if there are previous pet urine stains that I need to paint the underfloor with 3 coats of paint to keep the urine stain from seeping up thru the carpet. I don't know if there are any pet urine stains from previous owners, and I don't see how the stain could seep into the new carpet unless it was clean via hotwater extraction, but I still don't know if this is possible.
So my question is, which, if any, of the above carpets should I chose from. They all seem to be comparable, except for face weight, and I'm not sure if face weight should be the deciding factor. I was also just planning on going with a standard 7/16" 8lb rebond pad, unless there is a better choice. I want good products without paying an arm and leg, or paying for features that are not really necessary (ie, Shaw's pad which doubles the warranty of the carpet). I should also state that both my son and I have asthma, and my asthma is also triggered by chemicals and off-gassing, so I'm not sure if paying the extra money for green label products is worth it or not. And by more money, I mean if spending $2,000 vs $2,300, but I am not interested in spending much more than 15% more.
Any opinions/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.