When it comes to choosing carpet, there are many elements to consider. Luckily, our expert team at Floor Coverings International® of Austin can help guide you through the choices so you find the right carpet for your home. The following is a beginner’s guide covering some of the most common carpeting styles in Austin:
The first aspect to consider when choosing carpet is the type of fiber that would work best for the room in which the carpet will be placed. The following are the fiber types or styles most often used:
- Nylon: This is the most stain resistant and durable fiber option available (assuming that it has added stain protection, which is fairly standard for nylon). It is also the best choice for heavy traffic areas like stairs and hallways.
- Polyester: This fiber has a luxurious look and feel and comes in an abundance of styles and colors. For normal traffic areas, it is a good choice.
- Olefin: Though it doesn’t do as well when it comes to longevity as polyester and nylon, olefin is moisture resistant and provides good stain protection.
- Wool: This fiber is well liked due to its natural beauty and the fact that it’s pretty resistant to soiling.
The next element to consider when choosing carpet is the construction. Some 90% of all residential carpet is constructed using a tufting machine. Therefore, in most cases, this will be the only choice for how a carpet is constructed. However, the longevity of the carpet and appearance of the carpet will be most affected by its twist and density, which are explained below:
- Twist: The twist of the carpet refers to how tight the fibers are twisted during construction. The tighter the twist, the better the carpet will endure matting and crushing.
- Density: This refers to how densely the carpet fibers are woven within the carpet. A carpet with tightly placed fibers will be thicker and perform and wear better.
The final element to consider is the texture of the carpet. The following is a breakdown of each style available:
- Cut Pile: This is carpet where the yarns are cut at the end. Cable, shag, frieze, saxony and velvet all fall in this category.
- Loop: This type of carpet has looped, uncut yarns on the surface of the carpet. The pile can be high-level or tight and low. The most common carpet that uses loop is Berber.
- Cut-Loop: A combination of both lower loops and high cut tufts is used to create cut-loop carpeting. It is often used to fashion patterns in carpeting.
There are other aspects to consider when purchasing carpet, like its stain resistance and color, but the above are the basic elements that combine to create the look and feel of any carpet. Becoming familiar with these is a good idea for a beginner who wants to purchase carpet. For more information and a wide selection of carpeting, contact Floor Coverings International® of Austin today!