Choosing the right carpet involves a lot more than just finding a color to match your paint or wallpaper. Here are some basic factors to consider before you shop for your new carpet.
Carpet is specifically engineered for high traffic areas, beauty, softness and appearance. Be sure to inform the sales agent of your specific needs including location, children, and pets, so they can assist you with the perfect choice.
Stain and Soil Resistance
Most carpets offer stain resistance, but those who enjoy entertaining or have children and pets should consider carpets with high levels of stain resistance. Soil resistance is just as important as stain resistance for maintaining a beautiful carpet. Soil resistant products protect against soiling and staining by repelling dirt and spills from penetrating the fiber, making cleaning easier. Ask our flooring consultants about soil and stain warranties on each carpet.
You may wish to choose a carpet with permanent anti-static protection built into the fibers. This will create a more pleasant living environment during cold and dry seasons.
Make the right choice for your lifestyle and budget by examining carpet construction.
- Texture: The textured surface of this carpet helps hide footprints and vacuum marks, and is the preferred style for busy households.
- Saxony : This luxuriously smooth, soft finish adds distinctive elegance to any room.
- Berber Loop-Pile: Berber’s subtle patterns fit a variety of room styles while hiding footprints and vacuum marks. Berber is the ideal choice for contemporary to cottage and country furnishings.
- Berber Cut-Pile: This carpet has the plush feel of thick, cut pile carpet. It is decoratively versatile, and ideal for casual rooms and kid’s rooms.
- Cut & Loop: Cut & Loop features carved definition, and accent colors spice up floor surfaces. The multicolor effects hide soil and stains while looking great between vacuuming.
- Commercial: This durable, long-wearing surface pile is engineered for high traffic areas and is perfect for professional and practical installations.
Carpet color and texture affect the character of any room. Rooms that lack sunlight can be brightened with yellows, apricots or warm beiges. Cool colors, like blues and greens, soften a room with a sunny exposure.
- Light colors show fewer footprints; dark colors show less stains and soil.
- Dull yarns show fewer footprints; while shiny yarns show more highlights and accents.
- Minimize maintenance by restricting light colors to less-used rooms.
- Multicolored carpets minimize the appearance of everyday stains and soil.
Fiber Selection and Performance
All of our carpet manufacturers construct their carpets using premium yarns and fibers made from PTT, 3GT, nylon, wool, polyester and polypropylene. All fibers used by must meet strenuous certification testing.
The performance and quality of a carpet is directly related to the amount and quality of fiber that goes into the pile. The better the fiber and the denser it is packed, the better the carpet will perform. Thin, less dense carpet will lose its surface appearance faster. It is best to buy the highest quality you can afford.
At the Store
If you have room plans, paint chips or color swatches, take them (and the overall dimensions of your room) with you when you shop. To be certain of your room dimensions, you will want to ask our flooring consultant to take final measurements of your home.
Don't skimp on cushion.
Selecting the right cushion can add years of wear to your carpet. Professional installation will assure you of worry-free enjoyment for as long as you own your carpet. For residential installation, we recommend a cushion of no more than 1/2” thick and no less than ¼” thick. Our flooring consultants will explain the features and benefits to help you select the appropriate density and thickness of your cushion.
Care & Cleaning.
Proper maintenance of your carpet will extend its lifespan and keep its fresh appearance. You should vacuum regularly, remove spills and provide long-term care and cleaning. Refer to the Carpet Floor Care section for more detailed information and guidelines.