Carpet

Will I see the joins in my carpet?

Like the joins you can see in furniture fabric, the same is happening for your carpet when two cut edges come together to make one surface. Different styles of carpet join better and are less visible than others. Unfortunately, nobody can guarantee joins that are completely invisible.

Who will install my new carpet?

At Parrys, we supply and install carpet and floorcoverings in all suburbs as far as Yanchep down past Mandurah including all Perth suburbs. Our carpet installation service is part of the sales package or after-sales service. You can discuss details of our carpet installation service with one of our Parrys sales consultants during the sales negotiation.

Note that all Parrys carpets should be installed on a new underlay that is compatible with the quality, and proposed use of your carpet.

Why does the carpet colour in stores look different at home?

Lighting can change your perception of carpet colour, making particular areas look like they are lighter or darker than others.

In addition, foot traffic applies pressure on your carpet causing the piles to lie in different directions which creates the effect of “shading”. Note that shading does not have any detrimental effect on the performance of your carpet.

How wide are carpet rolls?

In Australia, the standard width of a carpet roll is 3.66 metres. However, it happens that some carpet styles are produced in widths of 4 metres. Width measurements mainly depend on the types of machines used to produce carpet rolls and most machines are built to allow 3.66 metres of carpet to be manufactured.

Does having carpet in a house increase airborne dust levels, thus increasing risk to people suffering from asthma and other dust-related allergies?

It has yet to be proven that there is a significant increase in the levels of airborne dust between carpeted and non-carpeted homes. More significantly, there is a misapprehension that having carpet in the home will increase in the exposure to dustmite allergens when in fact there are a range of other triggers in the home that can increase exposure and cause a respiratory reaction.

The Carpet Institute of Australia has provided an information sheet to assist consumers to better understand the issues related to Allergens in the home.

Hybrid Flooring

How hardwearing is hybrid flooring?

It is outstandingly hardwearing. The superior wear qualities of hybrid flooring make it ideal for both commercial and residential use. Whether it’s in the bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, or entryways, you can’t go wrong with the hybrid flooring option. It simply eliminates the common complaints of the regular laminate and vinyl floors.

How much is hybrid flooring?

Hybrid flooring pricing is mainly driven by the technology and features that go into this revolutionary product. Parrys’ hybrid flooring options start from as little as $34.90/m2! Visit our Super Specials page for our latest floorcovering deals and pricings.

How to clean and maintain hybrid flooring?

You should vacuum or use a soft dry broom to sweep the floor regularly in order to remove the loose dirt. Also, make sure to clean it using a neutral PH cleaner solution once a week to remove any footprints, scuffs, or stains. Alternatively, you can use white spirit with a damp cloth to get rid of the scuffs and stains.

Read our guide on how to care for hybrid flooring.

What is hybrid flooring made of?

Hybrid flooring uses a cutting-edge technology that combines the best features of the after-sought vinyl and laminate flooring options, creating a hardwearing, stylish, and 100% waterproof hardwood-like flooring solution. It is engineered to merge multiple layers: UV coating for high-impact resistance, a pre-adhered acoustic backing for improved underfoot comfort, and a decorative layer that mimics the look and feel of natural hardwood floors.

Read more on why hybrid flooring is so revolutionary.

What makes hybrid flooring 100% waterproof?

One of the hybrid flooring layers features a limestone composite core board that gives the product the waterproof properties. The same technology feature makes hybrid flooring odour-proof and resistant to scratches and stains. These combined properties make hybrid flooring a perfect option to hold up foot traffic even from pets as well as kids.

What makes hybrid flooring so different?

This innovative rigid product is not only waterproof but also experiences minimal expansion and contraction even at extreme temperatures. This is a great feature, which helps prevent cracking and buckling when the temperatures keep fluctuating.

Laminate Flooring

How much is timber laminate flooring?

Laminates vary in cost. Pricing is mainly driven by the thickness and the Abrasion Class rating (AC). Parry’s laminate flooring options range from as little as $19.90m2 to $36.90m2 for our premium options. Visit our Super Specials page for our laminate deals and pricings.

Is there such a thing as waterproof laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is typically not waterproof. This being said, manufacturers have embraced advanced technologies to make laminate flooring more water-resistant. Today, you will find many laminate floors with moisture protective core and surfaces, but they’re not fully waterproof.

Note: laminate combined with vinyl can form hybrid flooring, which is 100% waterproof.

What is better laminate or vinyl plank flooring?

It depends mostly on your taste and preference. Generally, if you want a cost-effective option, then you’ll choose timber laminate. However, when it comes to the waterproof aspect, vinyl plank flooring wins. As for looks, you can find authentic wood-like in both types. Both choices are great options and the final decision can often come down to the look you are going for in your home.

Read more on laminate versus vinyl flooring.

What are the pros and cons of laminate flooring?

Pros:

  • Laminate is simple to install, easy to clean and maintain.
  • Laminate is also more impervious to dents and scratches than hardwood.
  • It is available in a variety of designs to meet your unique taste and preference.
  • Installation of laminate does not require a huge amount of floor preparation.
  • Laminate is an inexpensive flooring option.

Cons:

  • Damaged timber laminate planks cannot be sanded or refinished.
  • Laminate cannot be cleaned with excess water.

What is a good thickness for laminate flooring?

You’ll find laminate flooring in different thicknesses, including 8mm and 12mm. It’s important to note that thickness does not translate into quality and durability, however, thicker options are less prone to warping. Read more on laminate thickness.

Timber Flooring

How much is engineered timber flooring?

Engineered timber flooring products vary in cost. Pricing is mainly driven by the thickness, materials and finishes. Parry’s timber flooring options range from as little as $75.90m2 for our entry level options. Visit our Super Specials page for our timber flooring deals and pricings.

What is engineered timber flooring?

Engineered timber flooring (also known as engineered hardwood flooring) is a magnificent product, and a great alternative to laminate and solid timber flooring. Unlike the synthetic components in laminate flooring, engineered timber has a natural, hardwood veneer finish. The middle and bottom layers of each plank is made of plywood, with each plank being a little bit thicker than laminate.

How to clean timber floors?

You can use soft brooms (or the right vacuum attachment) to pick up any dirt or dust on your timber floors without scratching them. Mopping up spills as soon as they happen is important, as any excess moisture that soaks into the seams between your hardwood planks can cause warping or damage. For the same reason, avoid mopping your floor with too much water – use a mop that retains less water and make sure you wring it out thoroughly. Timber floors cannot be steam cleaned, and should only be sanded and refinished by professionals.

Read more on how to clean timber floors.

What are the differences between solid timber and engineered wood?

Solid timber flooring is made of complete, single pieces of timber. Each plank is unique in look and characteristics to the trees that they have been sourced from. While the durability of hardwood makes it an attractive option, the slow-growing nature of these trees means that this type of flooring can be an expensive option.

Engineered timber flooring retains the look of solid timber flooring while being more affordable for budget-conscious owners. It features a layer of genuine hardwood, such as Blackbutt, Jarrah and Spotted Gum, over layers of sturdy plywood, topped with a protective finish. Just like solid timber flooring, any scuffs or scratches on engineered timber flooring can be sanded down and refinished.

Vinyl Flooring

What is vinyl flooring made of?

Unlike old linoleum flooring, sheet vinyl flooring is made of PVC and synthetic compounds, which is what makes it so durable and easy to care for. Vinyl planks, and luxury vinyl planks, are made of fiberglass mesh, UV coating, a protective wear layer, a decorative layer, and a firm core which makes it stable and durable. All vinyl flooring is water-resistant and safe to use in moisture-prone rooms. It’s also extremely hard wearing and low-allergy – perfect for growing families and boisterous pets.

How much is vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring pricing is mainly driven by the technology and features that go into making this versatile product. Parrys’ vinyl flooring options start from as little as $17.90/m2 for sheet vinyls and from only $39.90/m2 for more luxurious options! Visit our Super Specials page for our latest vinyl flooring deals and pricings.

How to clean and maintain vinyl flooring?

As with all flooring, doormats are your first line of defence and will keep your floor looking as good as the day it was installed. Make sure you shake-out your doormats (outside of course) and vacuum them to minimise rocks and dirt from being tracked into your home.

For sheet vinyl, it’s best to use a broom and mop (rather than vacuum) to keep it in place and looking in top condition. Vinyl plank and luxury vinyl plank can be cleaned gently with a broom or a careful vacuum and mop.

Although vinyl flooring is water resistant, don’t get too excited and over-soak when mopping. Make sure you avoid steel wool, harsh scrubbing implements, or harsh chemicals. Avoid furniture with castor wheels, or if that’s not an option use wooden planks to help move these items. Carry furniture carefully (don’t drag) to prevent scratching or scuffing your vinyl. The gentler and more careful you are during cleaning will ensure your floor continues to look its best.

Read more on why hybrid flooring is so revolutionary.

How to install vinyl flooring?

Sheet vinyl can either be installed DIY or with a professional. As sheets can be heavy and cumbersome to manage, as well as challenging to cut to size, we recommend using a professional if you have not had experience with vinyl previously. They will have the tools and experience required to ensure your new flooring is installed correct and flawlessly.

Read the instructions that come with your vinyl flooring to understand how to prepare your rooms or read our guide on how to install vinyl floors.

What are the difference between vinyl sheets, planks and luxury vinyl?

Sheet vinyl comes in a roll and is typically laid on top of concrete without the use of adhesives.

Vinyl planks and luxury vinyl planks look like hybrid flooring (aka “floating floorboards”) and come in a variety of sizes (length, width and thickness). They are installed the same way as hybrid flooring. Vinyl planks and luxury vinyl planks are closer in look and feel to timber flooring, meaning they have a more realistic finish and texture than sheet vinyl. Luxury vinyl planks have a thicker wear layer, which also makes for better acoustic reduction (and great for apartments!).

General Questions

Do you need a special vacuum cleaner for different types of carpet?

It is important to vacuum your carpet thoroughly and frequently, particularly in high traffic areas. Vacuum cleaners fitted with micro filter systems ensure fine particles (such as dustmite allergens) are removed and stay in the collection bag, which is particularly important if you are dust sensitive.

We recommend that you use a different vacuum cleaner for different styles of carpet. For low cut pile carpets, we suggest a vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush that agitates the pile and loosens the soil for easier carpet maintenance. When vacuuming loop pile, cut-loop pile or berber carpet, we recommend that you turn the brush off or change the head to prevent excess fuzzing.

Ensure the vacuum is kept in sound mechanical condition and brushes are cleaned and replaced when worn. Regularly check and adjust the height of beaters (if fitted) to ensure the carpet is not damaged by excessive beating. Suction efficiency of vacuum cleaners is reduced considerably when bags are half full. Change or empty dust collection bags frequently and replace filters as recommended by the manufacturer.

How do I know how much I need ?

Ideally, a copy of an architects floor plan of your home will help our sales consultants achieve an extremely accurate quantity and price. Alternatively, you could follow our simple “how to measure” guide and bring in your measurements. If you don’t have any sizes at all, that still is no hurdle for our experienced sales consultants. All of the above allow you to be able to make your selection, get accurate pricing*, and secure your sale on the spot.

* some estimations could be subject to a physical site measure prior to finalizing pricing, cutting and installation.

What is the best carpet?

Carpet selection is based on your personal taste and the needs around your home or office. A clear understanding of your needs will help you choose a carpet that is best for you. By considering the following factors, you will be on the right path to making an informed decision.

Fashion vs function

  1. What is your style or décor theme?
  2. Do you want the latest colour options?
  3. Do you want a plain or textured effect?
  4. Do you want a functional, hardwearing carpet?

Outdoor/indoor environment

  1. Are the paths around your home or office sealed or unsealed?
  2. What is the likelihood of dirt and soil being tracked in?
  3. Do you entertain in some rooms more than others?

Children and pets

  1. Do you have a family that spends a lot of time at home?
  2. What are the high traffic areas around your home?
  3. What is the likelihood of staining (from mud, pets, food, etc)?

Who will install my new carpet?

Parrys will offer installation as part of the sales package or after-sales service. Installation should be discussed with your sales consultant during the sales negotiation.

Parrys offer a LIFETIME GUARANTEE on the installation of their floorcoverings*

All carpet should be installed on new underlay that is compatible with the quality, and proposed use of your carpet and otherwise in accordance with Australian Standards Association Carpet Installation Recommendations AS2455.

* The only condition of our carpet installation guarantee, is that your carpet must be installed on brand new underlay.

What is your budget?

  • This is one of the most important questions of all!
  • Parrys prides itself in achieving great selections within all types of budgets.

Why does the colour of carpet look different at home?

Lighting can change your perception of carpet colour, making it look like particular areas are lighter or darker than others.

Also, during use, pressure on carpet pile causes the pile to lie in different directions creating the effect of “shading”. This shading is a characteristic of cut-pile carpets (particularly solid colour). While affecting appearance, it has no detrimental effect on the performance of the carpet.

How wide is carpet?

The standard width for carpet in Australia is 3.66 metres; however, some styles of carpet can be produced in widths of 4 metres. The reason for this width measurement is that the machines used to produce carpet are constructed to allow 12 feet (or 3.66 metres) of carpet to be manufactured.

Is the carpet for a home or business environment?

Do you want to create a certain style? In a business environment, does the carpet have to comply with any building regulations such as flammability?

Will I see the joins in my floorcoverings?

Like the joins in your clothes and furniture fabric, this is the same for your carpet. Two cut edges coming together to make one surface. Different styles of carpet join better and are less visible than others. Unfortunately, nobody can guarantee joins that are completely invisible.

Does having carpet in a house increase airborne dust levels, thus increasing risk to people suffering from asthma and other dust-related allergies?

It has yet to be proven that there is a significant increase in the levels of airborne dust between carpeted and non-carpeted homes. More significantly, there is a misapprehension that having carpet in the home will increase in the exposure to dustmite allergens when in fact there are a range of other triggers in the home that can increase exposure and cause a respiratory reaction.

The Carpet Institute of Australia has provided an information sheet to assist consumers to better understand the issues related to Allergens in the home.