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Understanding a few simple basics about carpet construction will help you make the right choice for your lifestyle and budget.




TEXTURE

Create a less formal look
with the smooth, level finish of twisted yarns.




PATTERN

Go for dramatic, unique
visuals with loops and cuts of varying heights.




LOOP

Create texture with uneven
loops, or choose uncut level loops for high-traffic
areas.




 
TWIST

  Go for a soft, comfortable,
casual look with this longer cut pile, also 
known as Frieze.

 

Fiber is carpet's basic
ingredient.

The four basic fibers used in carpets today all have their
individual strengths. Even more importantly, they all
make excellent carpets. Your ultimate choice will be
determined by the characteristics that are most
important to you.
Although some carpets are made of blends, most are
made entirely of one of the following four fibers:

Nylon


Nylon is the most widely used carpet fiber, preferred
primarily for its strength. Nylon is incredibly
durable and resilient. Because of its resistance to
matting and wear, you will never see a visibly worn
carpet path in even the busiest spots of your home.
Nylon carpet fiber is soft yet strong, shows color
brilliantly, and cleans well. Though not inherently
stain resistant, most nylons are treated with a
stain-resist carpet treatment for protection against
household spills and stains.

Polypropylene (also called
Olefin)

The use of polypropylene in carpet has grown dramatically
over the past ten years due to the popularity of
Berber style loop carpets. Polypropylene is extremely
resistant to stains, fading, and moisture.
Polypropylene, a value-oriented fiber, is also notably
colorfast because it is solution dyed, which means the
color is added during production and not dyed later.
The color is such an inherent part of the fiber that
you can even clean polypropylene with bleach.

Polyester


Appreciated for its versatility, polyesters popularity
continues to grow. Polyester offers exceptional
softness, making it ideal for thick, cut pile styles.
Polyester is also naturally and permanently stain
resistant and fade resistant. It has excellent color
clarity, color retention, strength, and abrasion
resistance. Carpets made from this fiber are easily
cleaned and they resist water soluble stains.

Wool

The preeminent natural fiber, wool yields a soft, warm, comfortable feel. Although wool does not possess
natural resistance to moisture or abrasion, it ages
well and is easy to clean. Because it is the most
expensive carpet fiber, wool is generally used only in
luxury carpets and area rugs

Carpet Pad

The importance of carpet pad

Much attention and energy is
devoted to selecting carpet, but pad is a crucial part of
your flooring and should not be forgotten.

Pad makes carpet feel better.

Every step you take creates
hundreds of pounds of pressure per square inch in your floor
covering. Carpet padding, or cushion as it is sometimes
called, helps alleviate that pressure. The decrease in
pressure helps make your carpet feel richer, thicker, and
softer.

It will make your room quieter and
warmer.

Carpet cushion can significantly
improve a carpet's sound-absorption and improve its thermal
insulation properties.

It will help you keep your carpet
cleaner

Dirt can grind down carpet fiber
the way sandpaper wears down wood, and thus shortens carpet
life. A quality cushion makes cleaning more efficient
because it raises carpet off the sub floor and provides an
air space underneath, allowing the carpet to breathe. When
you vacuum, that space allows more air to come up through
the carpet, carrying more dirt along with it. The result is
more effective cleaning every time.

And most importantly, it will make
your carpet last longer.

A quality carpet cushion helps
decrease pile crushing, the acute compression of fibers in a
high-traffic area, particularly in hallways. The pad allows
the carpet to maintain its pile height and stay looking new
for much longer. Industry studies have shown that quality
cushion can actually increase the useful life of carpet as
much as 50%.