How To Choose The Best Carpet For Your House?

8 May 2017
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It is a good idea to replace the old, worn carpet that you have inside the house. When choosing a new carpet, it is a good idea to make sure it holds up to its construction. There are factors that ensure good durability of a carpet, such as its latex glue, backing, fiber material, density of pile, twist level, pile height, dyeing method and resistance to stain. The carpet should have excellent latex glue quality, because when it fails, the fiber will start to disintegrate and fall out. The backing of the carpet is usually a weave that contains plastic, jute, urethane or foam rubber. Affordable carpet usually has foam rubber as the secondary backing and better quality carpet usually has urethane backing instead. If the carpet has this kind of backing, the fiber is usually tighter and bond well to the primary backing. Jute is used on carpet with even higher quality and the supply of jute can be quite limited, contributing to the high price of these carpets. A good carpet manufacturer will provide us detailed specs about the carpet, so we should determine whether the carpet is good enough for our needs.

Face weight is easy enough to understand and it’s the weight of the fiber, at ounces per square yard. It is important to know that this doesn’t include the weight of the backings and the latex. Be sure to ask the salesperson about this detail, if he doesn’t provide that to us. It is also a good idea to know more about carpet density, which is a measure of how close each fiber strand to one another. The carper is denser if these fibers are closer to one another. If we want a carpet that lasts for a long time, we should choose a carpet that has enough density. Another factor is known as twist level and it tells us about the twist level of the piles of fibers. We could determine the number of twists by checking the carpet closer. The carpet is considered as superior and denser when the twist is tighter and shorter. Textured plush carpet is known for its elegant look and exceptional wear life due to its excellent twist, so you should ask the salesperson whether this kind of carpet is available. Instead of crimped, the fibers can also be sheared, depending on the density, the carpet may look and feel like Saxony, plush or velvet.

You may use velvet-like carpet on areas of the house that are considered as more formal, unfortunately this type of carpet may easily show foot imprints and vacuum marks. Plush carpet is more like velvet, but the twist isn’t as tight and it’s also not as dense; but they should still feel soft just like velvet. Berber style carpet is also a good option for residential purposes and they usually have colored texture. Berber carpets usually have textured appearance due to the presence of air in the loops and in some cases, they don’t wear well.

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