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Things to know before you purchase that new carpet.

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It just makes sense that, the more you know about something the better able you are to make a smarter purchase decision. Information about the construction of carpet is good, but knowledge about carpet specifics and characteristics, about its traits and subtle differences can be invaluable.

For example, looped Berbers and high twist friezes perform wonderfully in high traffic areas in your home, but an elegant saxony in the same area may show footprints. Isn’t that good to know?

Understanding Seams
Carpet is available in 12’ & 15’ widths. Unless the room to be carpeted is narrower that this, the carpet will have to be seamed.

With looped or low-profile patterned carpet you may have a visible or peaked seam. The degree of their visibility depends on texture, color, lighting and furniture placement.

Backing & Loops
Be aware that as carpet bends over stairs, its backing may show depending on texture, density and color.

Plus, you should know that looped carpet could snag, particularly at a seam or transition. But never fear, we can provide helpful information to properly care for looped carpet.

Every Carpet has a chosen course

The nap of all carpet runs in one direction. Pile reversal, or shading, is a normal characteristic of many cut pile carpets. This can be particularly apparent with plush carpet. If this becomes an issue, consider window treatments and furniture placement as a way to minimize this affect.

Durability is a function of quality
Higher quality carpet will typically have a greater pile density and tighter twist construction, which will result in better durability.

Twist
Describes the winding of the yarn on itself. The tighter the twist the more the carpet will resist changes in appearance and texture.

Color Rules

Color has a big impact on any room in the home. Carpet covers a large area of any room, so it’s important to keep some basic rules in mind when selecting your carpet.

An important fact is that once carpet is installed in your home, it will often look lighter than the sample you saw in the store. This a natural optical effect and you should be aware of this when making a carpet color selection.

Another thing to keep in mind is how the color of carpet affects the apparent size of the room. Lighter colors will visually expand the room while darker carpet tends to bring the walls close together and create a more intimate feeling.

Neutral colors are the best choice if you expect to frequently change the decorating scheme or if you are trying to incorporate existing furniture. Using neutral colored carpet is a good idea your home will be on the selling market any time soon. It’s easier for a prospective buyer to imagine their furnishings in a room that is decorated with neutral colors.

Fiber is carpets basic ingredient
The three basic fibers used in carpets today all have their individual strengths. Your ultimate choice will be determined by the characteristics that are most important to you.

Nylon
Nylon is more expensive than other synthetic carpet fibers and has been the most commonly used carpet fiber since the early l960’s. In overall performance characteristics, nylon is the most versatile of all fibers, providing excellent flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles. It is durable, resilient and receptive to dyeing for color versatility and uniformity. Many new nylon yarns are also exceptionally soft. Though not inherently stain resistant, most nylon carpets are treated with stain-resist treatment for protection against household spills and stains.

Polypropylene (aka Olefin)
Since 1980, the use of polypropylene fibers has grown dramatically. Unlike the other fiber types, polypropylene will not absorb water and must be solution dyed to impart color. Solution dyeing is a pigmentation process in which color is actually built into the fiber when it is formed, thereby becoming an inherent part that cannot be removed from the fiber. The color will not fade, even when exposed to bright sunlight, bleaches, other harsh chemicals or elements. Since it is not as resilient as other fibers, polypropylene is normally used in loop pile constructions in which there is less need for superior resiliency.

Polyester
Polyester offers exceptional softness and color clarity and it is also naturally stain and fade resistant. While polyester is not as resilient as nylon, carpets made of polyester fiber will perform well if appropriately constructed. Carpets of polyester are generally available only in cut pile styles and are usually less expensive than nylon in comparable weights.

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