Nothing adds warmth and comfort to a room like new carpet. Carpet flooring will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It makes rooms in your home more inviting and distinguishes them as a good place to relax with friends and family. Carpet comes in a wide variety of colors, styles and types. Carpet is also one of the easiest flooring options to install and maintain.
Carpet Pile Types
A carpet’s pile is the fiber yarns which are tufted or sewn into the backing. The way in which these yarn are cut and twisted determines what kind of texture the carpet has and how durable it will be. There are three basic styles of carpeting: cut pile, loop pile and cut & loop pile.
Cut Pile Carpeting
With cut pile the loops that are created during the weaving process are cut to the same height and allowed to slightly tuft in order to create different textures and patterns. Cut pile is the most popular type of carpeting for homeowners. Plush carpet is a popular example of cut pile carpet.
Loop Pile Carpeting
All carpets begin as loop pile. The loops of this style are left uncut in the manufacturing process. A popular example of a loop pile carpet is Berber.
Cut & Loop Pile Carpeting
Cut & loop pile is simply a combination of both cut and uncut carpet yarns. The way in which some yarns are cut and others are not is what creates the various patterns in this style. This kind of carpeting is durable, stylish and easily hides stains.
Synthetic Carpet Fiber
Synthetic fibers make up 99% of the American carpet industry. Synthetic carpet is inexpensive and is also extremely durable and stain resistant. Thinner synthetic carpet is more affordable while thicker styles with more intricate patterns are pricier. Most synthetic carpet is made with polypropylene or olefin fiber. Both of these materials are basically hard plastics. Since these fibers are made of non-porous plastic it is almost impossible for stains to set in them.
Natural Carpet Fiber
Natural fiber offers a more unique look and feel, setting it apart from synthetic. The greatest benefit of natural fiber carpets, especially wool, is their longevity. The natural fiber has a memory that resists crushing and wear from traffic. The same quality protects it from spills by locking the liquid outside and on the surface of the yarn. Natural fiber carpets require more cleaning than synthetic in order to keep the carpet in the best condition.
Carpet Buying Suggestions
Some styles of carpet are better suited for certain situations. The following will help you select a style of carpet that will best match the kind of feeling you are trying to create in a room.
High Traffic Rooms
Frieze and Berber both go really well in rooms with a high traffic volume. Their durability and resilience make them well suited for playrooms, workrooms, basements and other active areas.
For rooms where people spend a lot of time relaxing together or laying on the floor, like family rooms, Cable carpet offers a thick and soft texture. Cable carpet offers comfort and durability and wears better than other styles.
If you are interested in adding new carpet flooring for your home or business, go with the Bay Area’s flooring experts, Floortex Design. Our sales staff will help you sort through the many kinds of carpet to help you find a carpet style that is best suited for any application you desire. So please fill out our free estimate form or give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did.