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Carpet Choices

There is no floor covering more popular than carpet: it is installed in nearly two-thirds of American homes. The two most common types of carpet are cut and loop, but there are many options available to suit any taste. Newer carpets are also combining materials and styles, so homeowners have even more options.

Cut. Cut pile carpet, also referred to as tufted, is recognizable by the spring-like shape of its twisted yarn. A high-quality cut pile carpet will be densely tufted and have textured variations, making it a good option for covering a high-traffic area.

Loop. Loop carpet, named for the loop-style of construction, is excellent for high-traffic residential and commercial needs because of its durability and stain resistance. This style of carpet often works best in a less-formal room. Berber, one of the most popular carpet styles, is a loop carpet favored by busy households.

Carpet Materials

Carpet can be made from many different materials to fit any homeowner’s needs, taste, and budget. And styles now include “green” options made from recycled plastics.

Wool. The most commonly used natural fiber in carpet production, wool has a low flame spread rate and is also naturally resistant to static electricity. A variety of non-allergenic wool carpets is also available for people sensitive to the material.

Nylon. Worldwide, nylon is the most common synthetic type of fiber used in carpets. Nylon carpets are noted as being very soft to the touch, and they come in a wide range of colors. This fiber will tend to stain unless treated with stain-resistant chemicals, but it is otherwise extremely durable.

Polypropylene. Referred to as Olefin by carpet manufacturers, carpets made from polypropylene fibers have a tendency to be less durable than carpets made from nylon or natural fibers, but they are nonetheless a good choice for specific environments. Berber carpets are often made from polypropylene.

Polyester. Because of how it is manufactured, polyester is inherently stain resistant. For those wanting a “green” option, polyester carpets, specifically polyethylene terephthalate or PET, are made of recycled plastics from bottles and tires. Polyester carpets are popular mid- to low-priced options and work in most traffic areas.

Carpet Installation

Carpet is generally easier to install than hard flooring. However, no matter what kind of carpet is chosen, it is important that the installation be handled by a skilled professional. This ensures that the homeowner will get the best durability and longest life out of the carpet.

The subfloor. One of the most important aspects of installation actually happens before any carpeting is put down: it’s the assessment of the subfloor on which the carpet is to be laid. In fact, the condition and quality of the subfloor will affect the installation of any floor covering. If a skilled contractor is performing the carpet installation, he or she will make sure that the subfloor is in good condition before continuing with the installation process.

If the home’s subfloor is in suspect condition and needs to be repaired or perhaps replaced, it may add to the cost of the installation. However, these up-front costs are worth it in the long run. A damaged subfloor can compromise any flooring material installed on top of it, regardless of how well-made the flooring is. Following common sense, then, it’s wiser to fix the subfloor now rather than pay for both a new subfloor and more carpeting later.