Shopping for carpet in your home is a lot like shopping for a car. They are both going to hit your wallet and all the different styles, colors and brands can make your head spin. Let’s not forget the joy of dealing with high-pressure salespeople that both experiences promise.
Flooring is one of the largest investments you’ll make in your home. By doing some basic homework, comparison shopping and working with a reputable retailer and installation team, you’ll find carpet that fits your specific needs and gives you the confidence of getting a quality product for a good price.
This article will provide you with a basic background in carpet styles and quality and discuss the primary things to think about when you’re shopping for new carpet in your home. The article provides tips on what to look for, as well as what to avoid. The focus of the article is on synthetic fibers. While natural fibers like wool are absolutely beautiful in the home, they are out of most peoples price range.
The majority of carpet produced in the United States contains one of seven pile fibers: nylon, polypropylene (olefin), acrylic, polyester, triexta, wool, or cotton. Each fiber has strengths and weaknesses that will help determine which carpet fiber is best for you.
Nylon outperforms all other fibers in durability, resilience and easy maintenance. Nylon is a good choice if you want your carpet to last a decade or longer, for high-traffic areas, and in homes with children and pets. The strongest and softest type of nylon is 6.6, which is the most expensive.
Triexta is a newly classified fiber derived partly from corn sugar. It has excellent, permanent anti-stain properties. It also has good resilience, but it’s to soon to tell whether it will match the durability of nylon in high-traffic areas. Due to triexta’s superior stain resistance, this is a good choice if you have young kids or pets.
Also called PET, polyester is stain resistant, very soft and luxurious underfoot, and is available in vibrant colors. The down side of polyester is it’s harder to clean, tend to shed and it isn’t as durable as nylon. Polyester is best used in low-traffic areas such as bedrooms and in households without children or pets.
Olefin is an attractive, inexpensive fiber that’s strong and resists fading. However, it’s not as resilient as nylon. Olefin is most often made into looped Berber with a nubby weave that conceals dirt. It has good stain, static and mildew resistance. Olefin carpeting is most often selected for high-traffic areas such as family rooms and play areas.
BCF or Staple Fibers
Carpet fibers can be either Bulked Continuous Filament (BCF) or staple. Staple fibers shed more than BCF fibers. This does not affect the long-term quality of the carpet, but it does mean you’ll have to vacuum more often until the initial shedding stops, which can take up to a year. This can also be an issue for allergy sufferers.
Prior to purchasing carpet for your home check the quality. Determining the carpet density will help determine the quality of the carpet. Low-density carpet is low quality and will crush more easily. The higher the density, the better the quality. Density is determined by the thickness of the fibers and how tightly packed they are. The thicker and heavier they are, the better quality the carpet and less susceptible to crushing.
Face weight is the number of ounces of fiber per square yard. The range is generally from 20 to 80, and the higher the number, the heavier and more resilient the carpet. Look for a carpet with at least a 34 to 40 ounce face weight.
Tuft twist is the number of times the tufts are twisted together in a 1-inch length. The higher the number, the more durable the carpet. Look for a tuft twist of 5 or higher.
Look for carpet that has at least a 10-year “texture retention” warranty. This covers how well the fibers return to their original shape after being walked on.
Many carpet problems stem from poor installation. Bad seaming, thin carpet cushion (padding), and inadequate stretching can make a carpet look terrible within a few short years. Flowers Flooring has expert, skilled carpet installers who take pride in each and every carpet they install.
Prior to installation, Flowers Flooring will send a flooring expert to your home free of charge to measure your carpet job. Our expert will tell you exactly how much carpet and pad to order. Once you have your estimate it’s time to pick out your carpet at the Flowers Flooring showroom, located in Cornelius, NC. The carpet will be delivered to your home on installation day.
While selecting the right carpet for your home can be a daunting task, Flowers Flooring makes it easier with our team of flooring experts. From salesperson to estimator to installer – we’ll help you select the carpet and padding that’s right for your lifestyle and your budget. Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your free in-home carpet estimate.