Best Carpeting for Your Home
Every home has unique needs when it comes to carpet styles and fabrics. Whether you have pets, small children, or a big family, choosing the right carpet means having carpet that lasts longer, resists more, and is easier to maintain.
Choosing the Perfect Carpet Style
The first choice you should make it what kind of carpet style you would prefer in your home. Each one has varying levels of durability and each has unique aspects that make them good for some rooms and maybe not ideal for others depending on factors like foot traffic.
For high-traffic areas (and outdoors), textured carpet might be the perfect choice for its durability. Though it will not be the softest, it is very resistant to tracks and very durable against stains like mud, dirt, water, and more.
Cut Pile Carpet
This soft carpet style consists of twisted strands of fabric. Since it is so soft, it is common for foot traffic and vacuums to leave visible streaks in it.
An immensely popular style of carpet, plush carpet is trimmed so that yarn ends poke upward. These short tufts of fabric are thickly packed and typically incredibly soft. Plush carpet is not as durable as other types of carpet such as loop styles.
Level Loop Pile
Level loop pile is another great choice for high traffic areas because it will not show footprints and it’s known to be durable. This carpet style is made up of many small loops of carpet fiber which are glued so that each loop is the exact same height.
You can also get this style in what is called ‘multi-level loop pile’ where the loops are of varying heights.
Which Fiber Should You Choose?
Choosing the carpet fiber is just as important as the fiber and makeup of the carpet has a big impact on how the carpet feels and how it will fare against typical wear and tear like spills, stains, and traffic.
This is the most popular fabric used for carpets because it is strong, durable, and resistant to mold and mildew. It is a great choice for high-traffic areas of the house because it will not leave marks or tracks.
With many similar traits as nylon, polyester is a popular alternative because of its low cost and resistance to moisture, stains, and visible wear.
Olefin is another popular choice because it also offers many of the benefits of the materials mentioned above. It has a low cost, it is easy to maintain, and it is very resistant to moisture. Olefin is also a popular option for outdoor carpets such as on patios.
What may be the best overall carpet fiber, wool is comfortable, durable, and brings a natural feel that synthetic carpet fibers cannot. But, unlike synthetic fibers, it usually comes as more of a premium cost-wise.
Cotton is the softest option available for carpets but, like wool, it generally costs more than synthetic fibers. Cotton is also more prone to stains and fading after time and with lots of traffic.
Every home is unique and requires a carpet that fits it best, to find the perfect carpet for your home, reach out to the flooring specialists at Scharm Floor Covering.