So much needs to be considered when you’re looking to invest in carpeting for your home. What purpose will the carpet serve you? Will it be installed in a high traffic area? How long are you planning on keeping it, if say, you want to replace it with hardwood floors in the future? How much are you willing to spend? These are just a few things to think about when looking into purchasing and installing new carpets. It’s a good thing this guide will tell you everything you need to know about buying a carpet.

Rug Construction

The structure of a carpet reflects how it’ll wear regarding your needs. This means that, if you’re looking for a carpet type to install in high traffic areas, you might want to avoid cut pile carpeting, where the loops of yarn are cut and the fibres exposed. It’ll end up looking worn out fairly quickly.

Loop carpets feature natural-tone fibres that are uncut. There’s a wide selection of loop sizes and materials available, including wool, nylon, and polyester. The carpet is more densely packed and highly resistant to staining. However, avoid this option if you have pets, as their claws will rip the fibres. The fibres of shag carpets are short and durable for high traffic areas. Because the fibres curl in every direction, you don’t have to worry about footprints being visible.

Pattern carpets come in both loop or cut pile options. This just means the loops that make up the carpet are either intact or have been cut to give a fluffier effect. Patterns and different tones are often cut into the rug to create some interest and help disguise stains and fading.

The yarn of a plush carpet is packed together to create a smooth surface for more formal settings. Because the fibres are so short, you’re more likely to see footprints, furniture markings and vacuum streaks. On the other hand, textured carpets are extremely soft and provide an uneven surface that fits well with casual spaces. Especially high traffic areas, as the tight twist construction of the yarn helps it’s resistance to staining and soiling.

Materials

Nylon fibres are the most common among carpeting. It’s extremely durable for high traffic areas, easy to clean and easier to maintain. Nylon is resistant to staining, mildew and is non-allergenic.

Olefin (or polypropylene) is the master of resistance. You never have to worry about moisture, mildew, water damage, pilling, staining and static with this material. It has a wool-like feel, but as it’s a dyed fibre, it can fade in direct sunlight over time.

Polyester is stain resistant, but not as durable as nylon. While a wide variety of colour and textures are available, it’s vulnerable to pilling. But on the bright side, it’s non-allergenic, resistance to moths and mildew.

If you have children or pets, Triexta fibre carpets are the carpet material for you, as it’s durable and stain resistant.

Acrylic is the closest alternative to wool you’ll find. Because it’s made for commercial use primarily, it’s easy to clean and resistant to stains, moths, mildew and static. With a wide variety of colours available, it’s less likely to fade in sunlight compared to nylon and polyester carpets.

Located in Langley, British Columbia, New Trendz Flooring offers a wide variety of flooring options for your needs. Whether it’s carpeting, laminate, hardwood or tile, we’re sure to have what you’re looking for. We also sell high-quality granite and quartz countertops and cabinetry. Providing installation services throughout the Greater Vancouver Area, visit our store or call for more information.