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Style: There are basically 6 different styles of carpet available, each with their
own unique characteristics and performance capabilities:
Textured: Cut Pile carpet with alternating twists of yarn creating a two toned appearance.
This style helps in hiding vaccuum marks and footprints and is a very popular carpet
style. Textured carpet is available in a broad price range and is great for everywhere
in the home.
Saxony/Plush: Offers a more formal or elegant appearance. Saxony carpet has a velvet
plush look and luxurious feel. It is made with uniform twists and has a uniform
finish. This style of carpet is perfect for a formal living room or for a master
bedroom. Please note however, that this carpet style does show footprints and vaccuum
Frieze: Great for active areas in the home. This carpet is a cut pile style with
a very high twist level so that the twists actually curl over at the ends. This
carpet performs great in high traffic areas and are available in varying pile heights,
creating different looks.
Cable: This style of carpet is typically constructed of thicker longer yarn, is very
comfortable under foot. It works well in areas that are not high traffic areas as
this carpet can tend to crush and matte if used in high traffic areas.
Looped/Berber: Very durable and long lasting carpet. The tips in this style of carpet
are not cut, creating a highly durable carpet. With looped carpet, you can see each
individual loop. Looped carpet comes in solid colors, patterns created by varying
loop heights, and flecked, and are great for active family rooms . Seams are usually
more visible with this type of carpet.
Cut and Loop: this style of carpet is created by combining cut pile with looped carpet
to form patterns through varying surface textures. This style of carpet is also
referred to as patterned carpet. Performs well in any room. This is a low profile
carpet and as with looped carpet seams may be more visible.
Color: There are an abundance of colors to choose from. All carpet appears lighter
in color once it is installed than it appears in the sample you see in the showroom.
Lighter colors tend to open up a room, while darker colors will bring the walls
in, creating a more intimate space. Neutral colors will fit most decorating schemes,
and therefore are a very popular choice. They are also great if you change your rooms
often, or if you are planning to re-sell your home.
Construction: The main thing you are looking for in a well constructed carpet is
a yarn with a tight twist. A firm, dense pile is also the sign of a well made carpet.
To check the density of the carpet, bend a corner of it back and see how much of
the carpet's backing you can see. The more backing you can see, the less dense and
durable the carpet is. Lower profile carpet tend to hold up better in high traffic
areas because they resist matting and crushing. As you go up in quality of construction
of a carpet, you also receive additional warranty coverage and stain resistance.
These items help extend the life of your carpet.
Upgrading: Some of the benefits of upgrading your carpet include a larger selection
of styles and colors available to you. A higher level carpet will be better constructed
and will look better longer. Upgraded carpets afford you extended warranty coverage
over basic carpet styles.
Care and Maintenance: In order to help maintain the beauty of your new carpet flooring,
use walk-off mats at all entrances to absorb soil and moisture. Use a quality pad
under your carpet, especially on stairs. This will give you better cushioning under
foot, and can also add to the life of your carpet. The most important step in caring
for your new carpeting is vaccuuming often, especially in high traffic areas. Prompt
attention to spills is a must. No carpet is "stain-proof", although many carpets
today are stain resistant. Always remember to blot liquid spills with a white towel
or rag, never rub, as this may cause that area of carpet to become fuzzy. Use a professional
cleaner when necessary.