There are millions of carpet options available out there; however, there are typically only two actual styles of carpet, which are loop pile and cut pile. In the “loop-style” pile, each of the ends is connected into the backing so there one, long, continuous loop. If In the “cut-style” pile, the loops are actually cut so that there are individual ends sticking up through the backing. It is like a sheer cut pile. Fiber is a critical area when it comes to carpet. There are three basic fibers used today in the carpet industry:
- Polypropylene, which is the loop-style pile.
- Polyester, which is created from recyclables.
- Nylon, (which is the most durable & popular).
The most popular fiber style today is wool. Wool is a traditional carpet fiber, but it is very expensive, which is why it isn’t used as often as the other options. Cut pile carpet can go throughout the house. It is comfortable underfoot and makes for a very attractive floor. Loop pile styles are used in heavy traffic areas, such as where children play. This style carpet lasts for a very long time.
Olefin is a product that is naturally stain resistant; if it does stain, it is exceptionally simple to clean. Polyester is naturally stain resistant because it doesn’t accept those kinds of dyes either. It is a critical product in applications where staining will be an issue. Nylon is treated for stain resistance; there is an over treatment that you put in that will allow you to take stains out. Wool takes more care and cleaning to get stains out.
Pricing changes from one carpet to another because of the various weights and structures. The very low end of the scale, in most cases, is olefin. Polypropylene is the cheapest product, polyester is the second and nylon is the highest quality of the synthetics. Wool is considerably more expensive than the others. A few key questions can help a carpet salesperson help you find the best choice for your needs:
1. What type of room will the carpet be used in?
2. What do you expect of carpeting for this space?
3. How do you want the carpet to feel underfoot?
4. What’s your carpeting budget?
5. How much effort do you want to put into maintaining it?
Berber carpeting is made of continuous loops of fiber, and is a popular choice. It is available in nylon, wool and polypropylene. Olefin or polypropylene Berber is extremely stain-resistant. Its high density, determined by the number of stitches per inch, makes it a durable choice, especially good for commercial settings.
A trackless carpet is a good option for almost any room in the house. Its textured, crimped fibers are cut to different heights and reflect light in such a way that tracks don’t show, making it a particularly good choice for high-traffic areas.
Luxurious plush carpet has its drawbacks. Because this type of carpet is so thick and plush, footprints and vacuum tracks are always visible. It’s best for use in low-traffic areas such as formal living rooms and master bedrooms. When selecting a carpet style and fiber, realize that the cost of the carpeting doesn’t necessarily reflect the quality of it; just because it is expensive does not necessarily mean that it is better.