Keeping a car in top shape can be quite a chore. It involves constant work on different car parts and systems. Obviously, the priority sits with those parts that keep the car going. It’s far more important to invest proper care in automotive parts, than in your air conditioning, for example. While we appreciate a reliable car system able to take us to our destination safely, sometimes we want to get more. And who can blame you for wanting a better driving experience? Improvements to your driving experience relate to different aspects of operating a vehicle, and each of them plays an important role. Carpets, for example, serve many functions and though you might not readily consider any of them, they are all worthwhile.
The frame and The chassis of a car are mostly made of metal sheets. These are central to ensuring structural integrity and are practically a lifesaver in case of collision. At the same time, having metal floors, doors and roofs does not fare well in regards to dealing with noise and heat sources in a car, which is why using a moulded car carpet designed for your model will significantly increase both acoustic and thermal insulation.
Car floors are a primary source of noise because they sit on top of the undercarriage. Axles, wheels, and moving parts in the engine box are connected as one unit through the undercarriage. This creates a structurally solid car and contributes to efficient movement, but at the same time, it provides a surface that can transmit vibration. A car floor will inevitably bring all those sounds into the passenger cabin. Putting a carpet in the cabin will actively suppress incoming noise (more than 30% of it) especially if you have loop car carpet typical for older vehicles. Since the ’90s, vehicles have cut pile carpets, and their noise dampening properties can be further enhanced by using insulation layers.
Aussies are predominantly concerned about heat generation under the harsh sun. The sources of heat in a car are the roof, engine box and tubing. Placing automotive carpet padding will absorb some of the heat coming from the pipes, but its function has more to do with the prevention of heat loss through the floor. Historically, floors in vehicles were made from wood panels or bare metal sheets (think of floors in warehouse vehicles). You can imagine the effects of such floors on the thermal profile in a car. Fitting an automotive carpet will definitely provide thermal insulation below your feet.
We are creatures of comfort and apparently, we want to make our surroundings more pleasant everywhere we go. As far as car floors are concerned, nothing beats the visual appeal of a carpet. They are so prevalent in the automotive industry and that is a cost-effective manufacturing business. So if there are cozy carpets for cars it’s because people want them.
And it can get quite cozy if you decide to pamper up your car interior. In essence, it’s quite similar to what you can do to the interior of living spaces. Some people are well versed in mixing and matching materials, color pallets and designs to transform a passenger cabin in a car. Taking good care of upholstery and car interior carpets will really change the mood. Using automotive LED lights in combination with these other elements will also make your vehicle eye candy.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Truth be told, vehicle carpets aren’t easy to clean. Especially if the carpet has tight-knit and you bring mud inside the cabin. On the other hand, loop moulded auto carpets with loose-knit are conducive to vacuum cleaning. If you choose the style and color of your car carpet rug wisely, then you can make your life much easier. And don’t forget that you can add layers.
These days its fairly common for vehicles to have several layers on the car floor. Of course, many of us would prefer only one piece of material that will be an insulation piece with visual appeal and easy to clean, but for the time being, we have to make peace with having more than one material down there. Does this mean that auto carpets are somehow inferior? No, because each layer has a specific function.
For example, rubber mats are very easy to clean because of their grooves. They are lightweight and durable, but they don’t perform as well as carpets and insulation layers when it comes to sound dampening. Speaking of which, you can use all sorts of van liners, sound deadeners and peel stick sheets below your car carpet to decrease the level of noise. They will absorb, block or deaden sounds, and some of them will also provide thermal insulation.
If you don’t go for a universal vehicle carpet, you can go with a carpet that is made specifically for your model, ensuring the rug will fit snugly. This is great in terms of function because a properly installed auto interior carpet will sit securely while you drive. Be mindful of this when you add an extra layer, particularly those on top like car mats. At the end of the day, it’s on you to make your car interior cozy and easy to clean while ensuring adequate insulation and durability.