Carpeting is perhaps the most widely used form of flooring and is offered in the widest variety of colors, styles and textures.
Color: The selection of carpet color is a very personal choice. You will want to select a color that unites your decor and creates the atmosphere you desire. Lighter colors make the room seem larger; darker colors provide coziness. There are also practical considerations in color selection. New stain and soil resistant technology makes today's lighter color carpet much easier to clean, allowing more decorating options. Medium and darker colors, tweeds, and textures will help disguise common soil in your home's high traffic areas.
What are the facts about different carpet fibers?
Fiber selection affects carpet end use performance. These are the basic types of carpet pile fibers.
Nylon: Two types, Nylon 6,6 and Nylon 6, are typically used in carpet. Nylon features include the ability to produce a variety of color schemes, luxurious soft “hand”, excellent resiliency, durability, abrasion resistance and texture retention. Other features include good resistance to stains and soils. Nylon is considered to be suitable for all types of traffic. Solution dyed nylon provides excellent color fastness and increases stain cleanability.
Olefin (polypropylene): Olefin features include its inherent and permanent resistance to water-based stains, its colorfastness and resistance to static electricity. Olefin is resistant to moisture, making it the primary fiber used in indoor/outdoor carpet.
Polyester: Polyester features include its luxurious soft “hand’, inherent and permanent stain resistance, and ability to produce bright colors. Other features include good abrasion resistance, fade resistance, and cleanability.
Triexta: Triexta features include its luxurious soft “hand”, excellent colorfastness and bright colors, inherent and permanent stain resistance. Other features include durability, resistance to fading, cleanability, texture retention and resiliency. Marketed under the name SmartStrand™.
Wool: Wool is a natural fiber noted for its luxury and performance. Its features include soft “hand”, high bulk, color variety and inherent flame retardant characteristics.
The StrengthThe type of fiber used and the way the carpet is constructed (loop, cut, etc.) determines the basic performance of the carpet. Quality can be enhanced by the way the fibers, or yarns are twisted and heat set, and by the density of the tufts.
The FeelTextures: Carpet construction - how the yarn is "tufted" into backing affects its texture and ultimately, the long-term durability and appearance of the carpet.
Level loop pile: Loops of equal height. Generally offers long lasting wear for high traffic areas. Many of today's popular Berbers are level loop.
Multilevel loop pile: Usually have two to three different loop heights to create pattern effects. Provides good durability.
Cut Pile: Loops are cut, leaving individual yarn tufts. Still one of today's most popular constructions, it's durability is achieved with factors including the type of fiber, density of tufts, and the amount of twist in the yarn.
- Saxonies - Various surface finishes; versatile performance and appearance.
- Textures - Informal atmosphere; suitable for whole house application. Minimizes footprints.
Cut and loop pile: Combination of cut and looped yarns. Provides variety of surfaces textures, including sculptured effects
The Clean up
There are many kinds of carpet and new carpet stain resistant fibers. It would be best to ask one of our consultants about the best care solution for your style of carpeting.
Your budget and your needs are two key elements in selecting carpet. There is a wide range of choices and costs from which to make your selection. Ask yourself how long you expect to keep your carpet before replacing it. A better grade of carpet will give you a greater length of service than one of lesser quality. Buy the best carpet you can afford for the heavy traffic areas of your home - halls, stairs, and family rooms. A Medium grade will provide good service in rooms with less traffic-bedrooms and guest rooms.