Carpet Types and What to Consider

Carpet in your home or business can be a very economical, comfortable, and smart decision.  Carpet can dull and better insulate sounds, which can help to better keep noises in the rooms that they originated in. There is none of the echo that might come from hard flooring choices, and carpet floors offer a feel of real coziness and comfort.  In a place of business, carpet can quiet the distracting clicking and clacking of heels and shoes across the floor, and be more comfortable for rooms where standing for long periods of time might be the norm.  It can also be safer, by limiting liability for slipping, such as on hard flooring.

Carpet Types and What to Consider

Certainly, there are benefits to both hard flooring and to softer options such as carpet.  Newer technologies have helped expand the market options for carpet flooring, and those looking to carpet all or part of their homes or businesses will find a wide variety of types, colors, materials, and so forth when it comes to carpet flooring options.  Some of the most important differences come through the material used, and the way it is cut, known as the carpet pile.  Let us walk you through just a few of the most common:

Materials:

  • Nylon.  Nylon is soft and durable and currently is the most popular choice among manufacturers and owners.  It is not great at resisting stains by itself, so most nylon carpet choices are made with a stain-resistance treatment to mitigate this shortcoming. It is resistant to wear-and-tear, but can fade over time in direct sunlight.
  • Polyester.  This material is a less-expensive option than nylon, and so has been gaining in popularity.  It can even be eco-friendly, with some options being made from recycled post-consumer goods.  Depending on how it is looped and cut, it can feel soft and hold some bright colors; however, it is not as durable as nylon and is not good for highly trafficked areas or walk-ways.
  • Olefin.  This is a great option for outdoor areas or basements, as it is resistant to mildew and fading.  However, it is not quite as durable as nylon and is not as soft for bare feet.
  • Wool.  Wool is generally the most expensive, but is also eco-friendly and soft on bare feet.  It is the only natural fiber currently used for carpets.

Carpet Pile:

  • Loop Pile. Here, the fibers are bent into small loops.  This type of carpet is durable and good for high-trafficked areas, but is not as soft or comfortable.  It is common for workplaces and/or areas where you are not as interested in high cushioning.
  • Cut Pile. Here, the loops are cut at the top, creating a denser and softer feel.  The denser the cut pile, the more cushion you will feel when walking.

Depending on your particular needs, any of these different options might appeal to you.  Call us today so we can talk you through more detailed options, or come in and visit our showroom, so you can see and feel for yourself our wide variety of carpet options to fit your needs.