Selecting Carpet For Your Lifestyle

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Whenever you select carpet, you have to consider many

aesthetic as well as technical areas. With well over

a hundred thousands styles and colors being released

every year, selecting the right carpet to match your

needs can be a very challenging task indeed.

Carpet is available in several different textures,

constructions, colors, and designs – which will open

the doors to virtually any interior design that you

can imagine. The combination of texture and color

will complement the look of both formal and casual

environments, while helping to bring continuity to

the overall room designs.

The most important thing to consider when you shop

for carpet is the amount of traffic that will be

on the carpet that is going to be installed as well

as the area you hope to use it in. The construction

and the texture are both key aspects when you

select a carpet for a specified area and use.

Nylon, polyester, and olefin are the mosty widely

used fibers with carpet manufacturing, with each

one displaying qualities that make themselves great

with specific applications and uses. Even though

nylon is the most expensive type of fiber, it is

also the softest and most resilient, which makes

it great for any room in your home, including those

areas that have a high level of traffic.

Polyester fabric is less resilient than nylon,

although it more cost efficient and offers a

high level of resistance to stains, which makes it

a great choice for areas such as bedrooms or dining

rooms that are not subjet to a lot of traffic.

The fiber olefin is solution dyed, which results

in a highly resistant stain carpet that can be

cleaned easily using a water and beach solution -

without any loss to the color.

Unlike the other types of fibers, olefin is fade,

mildew, and mold resistant, which results in a

carpet that performs well indoors and outdoors.

Keep in mind however, that olefin isn’t very

resilient and as a result, it should only be

considered with berber construction.

You can get carpets in either plush or berber

construction. The berber type of carpets are well

constructed with a continuous level loop, while

plush carpets are constructed of loops that have

been sheared, which results in the strands standing


Berber construction carpets don’t crush or matt,

due to their high level loops. They are however

harder underfoot, uncomfortable to sit on or lay

down on, and they can easily become damaged by

pets with long nails. Berber carpets are well

suited for high traffic areas, which include walk

ways, living rooms, and entrance areas. They aren’t

popular with bedrooms, as their hard texture makes

them a less than attractive option.

The plush type carpets are much softer to walk or

lay on and they offer better sound and thermal

insulation. They tend to crush and matt though

when they are subjected to high levels of foot


The use of nylon fiber paired with a tight low pile

construction will help to limit the amount of pile

and matt crushing, due to the high resilient nature

of the nylon fiber and the added support that is

gained from tight construction.

The warranties for carpet ranges from 5 – 30 years,

with the general rule being that you don’t cover

the stairs. Most carpet warranties will require

the installation of new carpet padding as well at

the time of installation in order for the warranty

to become valid.

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