Choosing the Right Carpet

Selecting carpet for your home can be a difficult task and sometimes might feel like learning a new language. There are many things to take into consideration when choosing the right carpet such as different fibers, textures, styles, patterns, and colors.

Carpeting brings quiet and warmth to any setting. Carpet reduces sound levels and makes a noisy room more quiet. Carpet is also an excellent insulator. It helps keep rooms warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Carpeted floors are great in any climate.

Carpet has the ability to drastically change the atmosphere of a room. When you install wall-to-wall carpet it becomes the room's main focal point. Therefore, it is important to pick a color that fits your style. In most situations we recommend choosing neutral tones which work well all areas. If you feel your room could be spiced up a bit you might consider a more colorful carpet. When you install darker shades it makes a room feel warmer and cozier while lighter shades can brighten a room, making it seem larger.

Carpeting comes in a variety of different "piles", which refer to the height of the individual carpet fibers.

The three main styles are:

  1. Loop Pile: These fibers are looped and then attached to the backing. This creates a stiff and even texture. Examples are Berber and Level Loop.
  2. Cut Pile: Fibers are looped and then cut. Such as plush carpeting, which is dense and evenly-cut. Saxony and Frieze are also Cut Piles that have a shaggier texture.
  3. Cut and Loop Pile: Is a mixture of the two, these fibers are both looped and cut.

When selecting carpet another important factor to consider is durability. Loop pile carpets are the most durable because there are no open ends, making it less likely to pull or shed. Nylon, Olefin (polypropylene) and Wool fibers resist wear much better than other fibers such as acrylic and polyester.

Although it is often an afterthought, padding is a very important part of your carpet's durability. In addition to cushioning your feet and insulating your house from cold and noise, this sub-layer can increase the life of your carpet.