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Carpet is a great flooring option to transform your home. It’s warm underfoot, gives a room a softer feel, is a great insulator, absorbs sound, and is easy to maintain. With thousands of styles to choose from, it’s important to choose the right carpet for your lifestyle. For example, you may want white carpet. However, if you have kids, pets, and live on a farm, it might not be the best choice. When you visit our showroom, you’ll be asked some questions to make sure that you are guided to the best carpet for your home.
These are some items to consider when thinking about carpet as a flooring option:
Do you have children or pets?
If so, it will be important to choose a fiber type and carpet that is stain resistant. You may also want to consider selecting a carpet that is closer to the color of your pet’s fur to help disguise it.
How long do you want your carpet to last and how much traffic will the areas get?
If you are carpeting a high traffic area and wanting a long term option, you will want to select a carpet that is durable and suitable for high traffic areas.
What type of style do you like?
There are so many style options that the selection process can seem overwhelming. It’s helpful to have an idea of what style you would like. Do you want to make a statement with a geometric pattern or want a more subtle, casual feel?
What’s your budget?
It’s helpful to have an idea of what you want to spend in mind. Carpet is typically priced by the square yard. There is carpet, pad, and installation to factor into the pricing. We offer free estimates and have no interest financing available.
Carpet 101-School is officially in session!
Let’s start with carpet terminology-
When comparing different carpet styles, these are some commonly used terms to help inform you about the construction of the carpet.
- Fiber refers to what the carpet is made of. Single fibers are spun together to create two-, three- or four-ply yarn, which is then attached to a woven backing.
- Pile refers to the height of the fiber. Pile is also referred to as “face” or “nap.”
- Density is the measure of how closely packed the strands of fiber are to one another. The higher the density, the stronger the carpet.
- Weight is measured in ounces per square yard. Face weight refers to the amount of fiber on the surface of the carpet, while total weight includes the backing and latex as well. High face weight is a good indication of quality.
- Texture comes from the style in which fibers are looped, twisted or cut. This determines the look and feel of the carpet, and plays a large role in its durability.
- Twist refers to the number of time fibers turn in a 1-inch length. Higher twist counts are typically more resilient and better resist traffic and crushing.
- PAR rating is a 1-5 rating scale for Performance, Appearance and Retention; the higher the number, the more easily it retains its appearance.
Now, onto styling-
There are countless styles and patterns to choose from. Below are the main carpet styles.
Berber Loop – Features large, uncut loops of fibers varying in size. It’s denser than most other carpets, highly stain resistant, and very durable. If you have pets, you need to consider that claws can potentially snag on the loops.
Twist/Frieze– Go for a soft, casual look. Many people think of long, shag carpet. This is the younger cousin. It has a short, durable, twisted pile well-suited for high traffic areas. The fibers curl in different directions so are very resilient which helps hide footprints.
Cut/Loop Pattern- Create dramatic visuals with varying loop and cut height. Offers a combination of cut and loop pile, allowing more options of textures and patterns. Advances in tufting technology gives unique patterns and texture. The change in color helps disguise wear and soiling.
Textured/Plush– Tailored look with smooth, twisted yarns. Textured carpet has a very soft feel. Its tight-twist construction helps resist soil, so it’s a good choice for family rooms.
Next is Fiber type-
Now that we’ve gotten terminology and style out of the way, determining fiber type is another important consideration. There are several different fibers used to make carpet. Below are brief attributes of each fiber.
Nylon Carpet – Nylon is the most common fiber choice. It’s known for both stain resistance and durability so is a great option for high traffic areas.
Polyester – Polyester is known for stain resistance, but is not as durable as nylon. Standard polyester looks great when it is new, is comfortable, relatively inexpensive, and is non-allergenic. It is also made of recycled materials.
Triexta – Triexta is a newer yarn know for durability, stain resistance, and softness. It’s a great option for households with pets or children.
Wool – Wool is all natural, sustainable, extremely durable, and has great stain resistance. If cost isn’t a concern, there aren’t many drawbacks to wool carpet. However, it does require a little more attention to its care as certain treatments can ruin wool.
Olefin – Olefin (polypropylene) is typically used in commercial carpets. It resists moisture, mildew, water damage, and staining. It is also less expensive to manufacture so the most cost effective option. It is not as durable as other fiber types.
Now that you’ve graduated, let us help you select the perfect color and style of carpet that best fits your lifestyle!