Is it time for you to get a carpet kit for your ride? Before you head out shopping, it pays to do a little research first so you won't go wrong with your purchase. You see, not all carpet kits are the same. One kit may have different contents than the other. The material of the carpet on each kit may also differ. So prior to your purchase, make sure you have a clear idea of the kind of carpet you need and the things your kit must contain.
Here are some of the important things you need to consider when choosing a carpet kit for your vehicle:
Type of carpet material
The materials used in making a carpet have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages that you need to weigh first before making a decision. Here are the common types of materials used for automotive carpeting:
This is one of the most popular types of materials used in automotive carpets because it can be easy to cut and shape to fit the floor layout and space of a particular vehicle make and model. This material is also waterproof and stain resistant, making it more capable of protecting the vehicle's floor against the elements that can cause rust formation.
Another advantage of rubber mats is they are easy to clean. All you need to do is to take them out of your ride, hose them off, air dry them, and presto! You can put them back in place and make them ready once again to deal with shoes and slippers of all sizes and shapes.
This type of carpeting is often placed on top of existing mats to protect them against dirt and all types of damage without concealing their design. For a more stylish looks, some vehicle owners purchase attractive mats and just top them off with this clear vinyl carpet. It is usually shaped and cut to match the specifications and dimensions of the vehicle's floor before it is added into the carpet kit.
These are usually used along with the vehicle's existing carpet. Made of synthetic polyethylene material covered with cloth, this type of carpet is very absorbent, so it's ideal for use during rainy days. It also helps protect the vehicle's floor and the first layer of carpeting against spills and rainwater carried inside by your shoes.
The carpet included in the carpet kit may come in universal or pre-formed construction. Preformed carpets are specially tailored to fit the specifications of a particular vehicle make and model. A kit may include different preformed pieces to cover the floor panel on the driver side, front passenger side, and on the back. Universal carpets, on the other hand, are molded to fit almost all types of vehicles. Most of the time, you need to do some cutting and reshaping just to make this type of carpet fit your interior.
The backing material is also important as it helps in the vehicle's insulation. Automotive carpeting is usually available in mass-back and plastic carpet backing. The former type of backing material is more popular as it also provides extra cushioning underneath the carpet besides insulating the interior.
Of course, it's important that the color and appearance of the carpet included in the carpet kit match the overall looks and design of your interior. Remember, a pleasant interior ambiance and feel can help reduce stress even on long-distance driving.
These are the main factors that should affect your choice of carpet kit. Other things you should look into are your budget, the price of the kit, and the warranty coverage.