Choosing carpet for your home can be confusing if you've never been through the process before. There are more things to consider than color, including the different fibers, construction, density, and other factors that affect both the quality and price. For example, some fibers are better for homes in cold climates while other flooring is perfect if you just want the hottest look in home decorating. The final choice usually comes down to price, comfort, quality, and appearance.
Since it has a lifespan of seven to fifteen years, investing some time in making a good choice is worth it in the long run. This article provides an overview of choosing new carpeting for your home.
Durable Fibers And Construction
Carpet is made up of fibers, mesh, cushioning, and adhesive, but the most important part is the fibers. Wool fibers are extremely durable, but they require a lot of maintenance, including mothproofing. For this reason, wool is less popular than synthetic. Nylon fibers are the most popular because they are durable and low maintenance. Naturally soil resistant, nylon flooring is usually the perfect choice for areas of your home seeing heavy traffic.
Mildew resistant polypropylene is also a popular, easy to clean, and durable synthetic choice. Lastly, carpets made with acrylic fibers feature durable construction, but are more geared toward industrial or office installations.
The Many Kinds Of Pile
Although all types begin as loop pile, the finished flooring is either loop pile, cut pile, or a blend of both. Loop pile comes in two different types called level loop and Berber. Level loop strands are made of nylon, polypropylene, or wool. The loops have a uniform height, giving a more formal feel. Berber strands are also made of nylon, polypropylene, or wool with some looped strands being longer than others are. While both level loop and Berber are durable, the lack of uniformity in the strands provides Berber with exceptional durability.
Cut pile comes in three different types called Frieze, Saxony, or textured. Frieze stands are twisted and loosely packed. Saxony strands are individually wrapped and packed tightly. Saxony provides a smooth, even look while Frieze and textured offer a more casual look. Since Frieze and textured flooring is looser and less uniform, it provides more heavy wear durability than Saxony.
Paying For Quality
The price and quality are often the two most crucial aspects of choosing new flooring. Quality is usually measured by the pile density, as denser pile equals more durable carpet because it supports heavy traffic better. Spending the money on a denser pile typically pays off in the long run, as it will last longer.
Keep room use in mind when choosing new carpet for your home. For example, while Frieze is durable and its casual style may be perfect for your basement game room, it may not be fancy enough for your formal living room. In addition, if you have small children or pets, keep stain resistance in mind when choosing your flooring.
Take the time to shop around and consult a professional to ensure you make the best choice for your budget and for your home.
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