When buying a carpet for your home, you can choose a lot from different styles and types. There are a variety of carpet styles, patterns, and colors to choose from to satisfy any personal style and match any décor. When considering affordability, carpet is one of the most economical flooring products to have installed in homes and offices. They provide benefits to homeowners and office workers. Carpets are non-slip surfaces that are safe underfoot and provide a cushion to prevent breakage when delicate items are accidentally dropped. Also, carpets’ cushioned surface absorbs sound and is less noisy to walk on than hard surface flooring.
Types of Carpet Fibers
Nylon is the most durable and stain resistant carpet fiber available when treated with stain protection. It is the fiber of choice for homes with pets and children and for those who entertain a lot. Nylon is perfect for heavy traffic in hallways and stairs.
Polyester is known for its luxurious look, feel and a wonderful selection of colors and styles. It’s a good value for homes with a normal amount of traffic.
Olefin offers good stain and moisture resistance, but scores below nylon and polyester for wearability. It is best suited for loop pile construction or high, very dense cut piles.
Wool is favored for its natural beauty. Wool carpet has natural soil resistance qualities but is not inherently stain resistant. Wool looks good for a long time and is well constructed.
Stain Resistant Carpets
Consider how you live in each room. If you have kids, pets and high traffic areas or entertain a lot, you might want to choose a carpet with stain resistance. The desire to protect your home with quality stain resistance won’t limit your choice of carpet styles and colors.
The primary factor in determining stain resistance is carpet fiber type: nylon, polyester, olefin, or wool. Beyond fiber type, most manufacturers apply post-production stain protection treatments to enhance the natural stain resistant properties of any fiber.
Generally speaking, there are three types of carpet textures: cut pile, loop, and cut-loop.
- Cut Pile
Cut pile carpet consists of yarns that are cut at the ends. The soft feel of cut pile carpet makes it a perfect choice for the most comfortable areas of your home. There are five basic styles of cut pile carpet: Velvet, Saxony, Frieze, Shag, and Cable. Each provides a different look and texture.
Loop carpet has yarns that are looped and uncut on the carpet surface. The pile height can vary from low, tightly constructed to a more luxurious high-level pile. Loop carpet has strength and soil hiding capacities. This style is ideal for heavy traffic areas. Berber is the most popular style of loop carpet that can be constructed as a level-loop or multi-loop carpet.
This carpet has a combination of high cut tufts and lower loops in a variety of sculptured patterns. Cut-loop carpets offer good performance but are slightly less durable than loop carpets.