There are many great features that make carpet the most popular choice for floor covering today. Carpet products can be inexpensive, soft under your feet, easy to install and replace and comes in a wide variety of colors, tones and hues which allow for it to be a neutral foundation for furniture and accessories as well as the main focal point of the room. With a wide range of inherent qualities, it can be difficult to make a decision on what carpet is right for you. Here are 4 easy characteristics you will need to consider when choosing a carpet: durability, stain resistance, texture, and location in your home. The type of use will be a key factor in the choice you make for your carpet installation.
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Most versatile of all fibers, providing excellent flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles.
Nylon can be found in a wide range of both cut pile and loop styles.
It is durable, resilient, and receptive to dyeing for color versatility and uniformity; many new nylon yarn systems are also exceptionally soft.
Though not inherently stain resistant, most nylon carpets are treated with stain-resist carpet treatment for protection against household spills and stains.
Polyester offers exceptional softness and color clarity, and it is also naturally stain and fade resistant.
While polyester is not as inherently resilient as nylon, carpets made of polyester fiber will perform well if appropriately constructed. “PTT” (Polytrimethylene terephthalate) , also called Sorona or 3GT (Dupont)or Corterra (Shell), provides more durability.
Carpets of polyester are generally available only in cut pile styles and are usually less expensive than nylon in comparable weights.
Polypropylene will not absorb water and must therefore be solution dyed (pigmented) to impart color. Solution dyeing is a pigmentation process in which color is actually built into the fiber when it is formed, or extruded, thereby becoming an inherent part that cannot be removed from the fiber. The color will not fade, even when exposed to intense sunlight, bleaches, atmospheric contaminants, or other harsh chemicals or elements.
Not as resilient as other fibers, so used in loop pile constructions in which there is less need for superior resiliency.
An inexpensive alternative to Nylon and Polyester
Doesn’t have the stain and abrasion resistance of some of the man-made fibers, but it has an enduring quality, and many wool carpets and rugs are said to “age gracefully.”
Soft underfoot, wool also offers the somewhat intangible consideration of prestige.
More expensive than most synthetic carpets and represent less than 1% of all broadloom carpets sold.
Saxony: Uniform twists create a more formal and elegant look. Best used in formal living and dining rooms. Will show footprints and vacuum marks
Frieze: High twist level creates higher durability. Great for high traffic areas and hides footprints well.
Textured: Alternating twists of yarn creates two-tone appearance which hides footprints and vacuum marks well.
also known as Berber
great for high traffic areas. Seams can be more visible and backing may show on stairs
combinations of cut pile and looped carpet
creates a variety of textures and patterns
good for high traffic areas
seams can be more visible
(What to expect from the product)
carpet adds warmth and is soft under feet. Insulates better than hard surface.
carpet offers better noise reduction than hard surfaces floors.
carpet can hide many sub-floor irregularities that would not be permitted with hard surfaces floors.
carpet can go over a variety of substrates and on all grade levels including concrete slabs in basements.