FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Usually the lifespan of carpets is around 5years for base range and 15 years for mid and higher ranges depending on the fiber. However, this also depends on the amount of foot-traffic it borne over the years. Usually they are good to go until they tear and become a slip hazard or the fibres get worn out. If you experience at least one of the following you should consider replacing your carpet:

Signs that my carpet needs to be replaced:
  • A tear or a slip hazard
  • Fibers are worn out in high traffic areas which leads to thin patches in some places
  • Subjected to water damage
  • You are experiencing asthma/allergies
  • Stains or odour even after steam cleaning
  • Dampness over long time due to vomit, urine etc can create a sanitation hazard
  • Growth of mould
  • Carpet no longer feels soft under feet
  • Wrinkles or bumps in carpet

1. Triexta Carpets from Redbook Green

Ideal combination of plushness, wear and stain resistance makes it a low-maintenance flooring option. The eco-friendly product is suitable for households with children and pets. They are allergy and asthma friendly and some ranges come with 20 year limited residential warranty from the supplier.

Key features:
  • Lifetime Pet Guarantee*
  • Stain protection
  • Strength
  • Enriched Softness
  • Wear and Tear resistance
  • Warranties

Vinyl tiles, planks and Hybrids:

The 100% waterproof vinyl products are ideal for wet areas or places that require frequent sanitation. They are highly durable and resistant to scratches and stains. With proper installation, they can last for many years with very minimum maintenance. Even if a particular portion of the floor is damaged, we can replace that particular plank or set of planks instead of the entire floor.

Key features:
  • Durable
  • Minimum maintenance
  • Waterproof
  • Only replace single planks/tiles
  • Available in different styles and colors
  • Pocket friendly

3. Luxury Sheet Vinyl

The vinyl sheet flooring has been popular since the 1970s which provides a great flooring option with designs to suit the requirements of different spaces and settings. Its low maintenance makes it a popular choice among many commercial settings. They come in various designs like patterns, timber, ceramic looks etc.

Key features:
  • Durable
  • Available in different designs
  • Soft step
  • Waterproof
  • Minimum maintenance
  • Slip resistant
  • Pocket friendly

Yes, like any other floor underlay performs some important functions:

  • Insulation from external noise and heat
  • Provides a moisture barrier to recede the dampness/moisture from reaching the floor boards
  • Covers up minor imperfections
  • Reduce the noise generated by foot-traffic
  • Required to cover manufacturer’s warranty
For subfloors with variations less than 1-2mm this can be overlooked but anything higher would need a floor-prep. If the subfloor has rough surface like concrete exposed it is recommended to prep the floor to improve its standard. This can improve the life span of any flooring.
Engineered Timber Solid Timber Laminate
Only wear layer is genuine timber and other layers are processed timber Entire plank is solid timber It is completely processed timberwith a photographic layer on top
It can be sanded and polished few times depending on wear layer It can be sanded and polished multiple times It cannot be sanded or polished
Moderately expensive Most expensive Least expensive
Bamboo flooring Hardwood flooring
Less expensive More expensive
Eco-friendly and sustainable Not very eco-friendly
Harder than some hardfloors and hence highly durable Highly durable with proper maintenance
Easy maintenance Can be refinished multiple times
  • Highly durable
  • Environment friendly
  • Less expensive compared to hardwood flooring
  • Very low formaldehyde emissions
  • Allergy and asthma friendly
  • Easy maintenance
Every commercial vinyl comes with slip rating specifications in accordance with Australian Standards. Typically based on this slip rating, at Mikes Carpets we offer vinyl sheets specific to the area and application.

Commercial vinyl flooring is specifically designed to withstand high wear and tear. The primary difference between residential and commercial vinyl is the thickness of the wear layer and the slip rating. The higher the wear layer, higher the durability of the vinyl. It is ideal choice for areas where sanitation and hygiene are a priority like commercial kitchen and hospitals. The wear layer is composed of a polyurethane based compound coating that protects the floor from scratches and stains.

Luxury vinyl plank flooring products are a highly durable option and a popular choice for residential homes. Their features include high levels of scuff, scratch and stain resistance making them suitable for busy family homes with active pets and young children.

Our vinyl plank collections offer fabulous residential wear and tear warranties of up to 25 years, highlighting their durability when cared for, installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Vinyl planks are laid as a floating floor over the subfloor using a click-and-lock-together technique. If you are installing vinyl plank flooring yourself, closely follow the manufacturer's installation guide to ensure a professional-looking finish.
At Mikes Carpets, all our products come with warranties from the manufacturer with some products having lifetime residential warranties and some limited commercial warranties. Contact one of our stores to know more.
Yes, vinyl floors can be installed over any other floating floor provided the surface is relatively flat.
  • High durability with very low maintenance
  • Enhanced digital photographic layer offers more authentic timber finish
  • 100% waterproof and come with slip resistant surfaces
  • Anti-static and hygienic

Luxury vinyl flooring is one of the best ways to upgrade your interiors. These are flexible tiles/planks manufactured from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)with very high durability and resilience. These are of the most maintenance-free floors and can provide a softer step compared to tiles. They do not need any underlay and are 100% waterproof. The planks are flexible and hence can withstand varying climatic conditions. Most often these are glued down to the floor.

The hybrids are among the latest innovations in the flooring industry that blend the characteristics of vinyl planks and floating floors. The most important aspect of hybrid boards is that they can be easily installed using click-lock mechanism. The hybrid planks also include an inbuilt underlay that provides enhanced insulation against heat and sound.

While choosing the type of finish and color for a laminate flooring itis important to consider the interior décor. Dark colors on matte finish are ideal for high foot-traffic areas while light colors with glossy finish can reflect more natural light and provide a more spacious effect on the room. The glossy finishing also provides a smooth step for the foot. The color and finish can be chosen to blend-in or standout with the wall colors and furniture in the room depending on your style.
The beauty of a natural timber flooring remains a luxury for many. Laminate flooring enables to get the aesthetic looks of a natural timber floor on a more affordable price. Sometimes depending on the wood, the HDF laminate boards can endure wear and tear better.The laminates also offer better stain and fade resistance. This is a great choice for a house with lot of foot traffic such as hallways and lounge rooms etc. This also remains a popular choice for investment properties due to its ease of maintenance and durability.

A laminate floor is a budget friendly floating floor that is manufactured using glued HDF (High-Density Fibre) planks. Most often these are click-locked and are supported by an underlay. At Mikes Carpet we offer a range of underlay options that vary in thickness and insulation in compliance with BCA standards and fire rating requirements of different Body Corporates. Different manufacturers adopt different methods to manufacture the laminate floor boards. Most of them include three main layers:

  • Wear Layer: This is the top-most transparent layer that is primarily designed to withstand scratches and regular wear and tear.
  • Design Layer: This layer lies underneath the wear layer and depicts the photographic imitation of timber
  • Core Layer: This layer consists of the HDF core that provides the structural strength to the floor.

Laminate floors are generally water-resistant but not waterproof. This is one of the primary reasons that it is not recommended for wet areas.

Laminate Engineered Timber
Budget friendly Comparatively expensive
Good scratch resistance and fade resistance Susceptible to scratches
High resilience and ease of maintenance High resilience andease of maintenance
Not suitable for wet areas Not suitable for wet areas
Offers good finish but cannot match a timber floor Offers great finish and sophistication.
  • Eco-friendly choice: These floorboardsare more sustainable and eco-friendly.
  • Authentic timber finish: The top wear layer consists of authentic timber and hence provides the same finish as luxurious timber flooring.
  • Better resilience: These floors are more strong and sturdy owing to the engineered construction of the mid-layers. They can withstand higher moisture and temperatures.
  • Light on the pocket: Due to the engineered core construction, theyare more economical than traditional solid timber floors. Their locking mechanisms also reduces the installation costs

An engineered timber is the next innovation in timber flooring after solid timber. These have been in use for some time now. They offer the advantages of timber flooring while eliminating some of its disadvantages. An engineered timber plank contains several layers and supplier adopt different methods in manufacturing them.

They primarily consists of:

  • A top wear layerof authentic timber
  • Multiple mid-layers compressed filler boards
  • Base layer which serves as backing

The specific design of engineered timber means it offers a range of performance benefits over solid hardwood, such as stability and sustainability. Engineered timber floorboards can be incorporated into your home in exactly the same way as any solid hardwood, from basic flooring to feature walls, joinery or countertops.

Two different ranges of timber are dissected below:

Construction of European Oak:

Construction of Rigid Core Timber:

Construction of Australian Hardwood Range:

Note: The layers can vary depending on the supplier.

Hybrids tend to have two kinds of finishes:
  • Smooth finish: This type of hybrids are very smooth and can be slippery and hence not recommended for wet areas.
  • Embossed finish: This type of hybrids have a brushed texture which runs along the grains which improves their slip resistance and also attempts to imitate a timber’s texture.

Yes. Hybrid can be installed on other hard floors provided the surface is fairly flat without much variations. If there are variations then a floor prep may be needed. A floor prep can be done by adding a layer of leveling compound or using Masonite boards.

A hybrid flooring is made predominantly from PVC (vinyl) and limestone powder. Its expansion is the least compared to any other type of flooring.

Pros

  • Better resilience than laminates and other floating floors
  • Has great scratch resistance
  • 100% waterproof
  • Easy maintenance
  • Easy installation. The boards can be click-locked together
  • Built-in underlay.
  • Stable with temperature variations and waterproof

Cons

  • Compared to laminatesthey can be expensive
  • The subfloor needs to be fairly flatwithout bumpsor variations. If not, a floor prep is needed before hybrid installation
  • The click-lock systems are sensitive and needs to be installed with care. Once installed properly they can last several years.
  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight for several years can lead color variations/fading.

Hybrid flooring is one of the recent trends in the flooring industry in Australia which can be installed throughout the house including wet areas. It's a fusion between vinyl planks and laminate floors. These are imitation of timber floors on synthetic materials that improve the durability and resilience of the floor.

It's completely waterproof and suitable even for bathrooms and laundry. It's one of the most rugged flooring and highly resistant to scratches. Hybrids are heatproof and stable even in extreme temperatures. The hybrids are floating floorboards with a click-lock system which makes its installation easier. The hybrid planks come with their own layer of underlay which enhance the insulation and sound proofing properties. Among floating floors, hybrids are among the ones with the best acoustic properties. A hybrid plank construction is illustrated below.

With proper maintenance, a carpet can last several years. If a carpet shows signs of wear and tear and becomes a slip hazard it needs to be replaced.

The underlay plays an important role in the comfort a carpet offers. It serves as a cushion under the carpet which also offers a layer of insulation from the bare sub floor and greatly enhances the comfort and user experience. The two most common types of underlay include rubber and foam.

They come in a range of thickness and density. The higher the thickness and density, better the insulation against temperature and sound. A good underlay also increases the lifespan of the carpet as serves as a protective layer.

At Mike’s Carpets we offer more than 6 grades of foam underlays and 3 grades of rubber underlays to suit your specific needs.

Most carpets come in 3.66m or rarely 4m wide. One square meter = 1m x 1m = 1sqm One linear meter = 1m x 3.66m = 3.66sqm It is essential to know the prices for comparison.

Most carpets come in standard 3.66m wide and rarely 4m wide. We recommend to add about 5% -10%for wastage if any. Following is a simple rough estimate of how much carpet for your room.

Let’s start with a simple room; if your room is 4M by 5M, we would use the below formula to get the area:

Length in Metres X Width in Metres

5.0mx 4.0m = 20sqm + 2.0sqm (10% wastage)

Total area required = 22.0sqm or approximately 6.01 Lineal Meters (22÷3.66)

How to calculate for multiple rooms

Let’s say you have a room that is a bit more complicated, that isn’t a simple rectangle or square, or you want to use the flooring across multiple rooms. You can still use the calculation as above, but you will need to section off areas of the room using the masking tape so that you have multiple rectangles to get m2 of each area individually. Once you havemeasured each section, you can then use the calculation above to get your square or lineal meter area:

Length in Metres X Width in Metres

Bedroom A 4.0m x 5.0m = 20m2

Bedroom B 3.5m x 4.0m = 14m2

Passage X 3.5m x 1.0m = 3.5m2

Passage Y 2.0m x 2.0m = 4m2

Total = 41.5m2 + 4.15m (10% wastage)

Total required = 45.65m2 or approximately 12.5 Lineal Metres (45.65÷3.66)

We have compiled the following into give you 4 easy steps in choosing a carpet.

1. Choose the fiber

  • Purpose of the room.
  • Amount of foot traffic.
  • Budget
  • Pet friendly?

2. Choose the style

  • Matching your interior décor and lifestyle.
  • Texture you would like to have.
  • Amount of foot traffic

3. Choose the color

  • Want the carpet to blend into room or stand out from the rest?
  • Want the room to look spacious?
  • Want the room to be calm or active?

4. Pricing

  • Book a free measure and quote with us. Our consultants will bring samples. Get your carpets done from the comfort of your home.

Cut Pile:

The cut pile carpets are the ones where the fibers are looped into the carpet backing and the top of the loops are cut off leaving flat tufts of fiber.

1. Cut Pile Plush:
  • Shorter pile length and the piles are twisted together.
  • Twisting of fiberscreates texture under light
  • Soft and offer a formal look
  • Prone to footprints and vacuuming
  • Suitable to medium to low traffic areas
2. Cut Pile Twist:
  • Piles in this type are twisted and hence the pile get oriented along different directions
  • Offer superior comfort and feel
  • Compared to cut pile, they are less likely to show footprints or tracking
  • Suited for areas with high foot traffic

Loop Pile:

In this type, the fibers are looped into the backing of the carpet to form continuous loops.

1. Level Loop Pile:
  • All the loops are uniform in length
  • Textures are produced in these by varying the tightness of loops
  • Doesn’t show footprints
  • Best suited for high traffic areas
2. MultiLevel Loop:
  • Loops are in different heights
  • Loops in different sequences are used to create patterns
  • Well suited for medium to high-traffic areas.
  • Alsocalled High-Low loop pile

Combination Cut and Loop Pile

They contain combination of cut and loop pile to create patterns. They can also create sculptured effects under different lighting conditions.

1. Textured Cut and Loop Pile
  • Combination of cut and loop tufts
  • Soft and smooth textured feel
  • Different patterns which give a great appeal
  • Less prone to foot prints
  • Suited for medium to high traffic
2. Level Cut and Loop Pile
  • Combination of level loop and cut fiber tufts
  • Suited for medium to high traffic
  • Less prone to foot prints and vacuuming
Wool:
  • It’s a natural fiber which is warm, luxurious and durable.
  • Its hard wearing and can last for several years with good maintenance.
  • It has excellent noise and heat insulation.
  • Its superior properties places it on the expensive side of pricing.
Triexta:
  • It's blend of natural corn sugar and synthetic polymer.
  • It is extremely resilient, durable, luxurious and soft
  • It has very good stain resistance. Most stains can be cleaned using cold water.
  • It is highly resistant to fadingof colors
  • It is pet friendly.
Nylon:
  • It’s a synthetic fiber known for its toughness and durability
  • It inherits some of the stain resisting properties of triexta at a comparatively lower price
  • It has a wide variety of colors and available in different styles
  • It is well suited for busy living areas with pets and offers plushness and comfort.
Wool Blend:
  • It gives the natural and luxurious feel of wool along with toughness and resilience of synthetic fibers
  • It often consists of 80:20 with 80% wool and remaining synthetic fiber.
Polyester:
  • It’s a more affordable synthetic fiber which offers value for money
  • It’s better suited for low traffic areas such as study, guest room and child’s room.
Polyester:
  • Its also a more affordable synthetic fiber
  • Its ideal for investment properties or play rooms.
  • Its better suited for low traffic areas.
The carpets can be easily classified based on:
  • Fiber
  • Style