What To Look For When Buying Carpet

There are two basic elements, other than price, to consider when buying carpet

Aesthetics: Color, Style and Texture

Performance: Ability to retain original look


Flooring is the foundation for home decor. Selecting the right color and texture should be central to the decision making process in buying carpet.


The advent of carpet fiber stain technology brought about a revolution in color possibilities. Homeowners, no
longer fearing the use of light colored carpets, began to demand wider color choices. Generally speaking, darker shades create drama; lighter shades create a sense of spaciousness.


There are basic construction types: cut pile, loop pile, and cut & loop pile. Every carpet style available is a variation of these constructions.


Carpet texture establishes the character of a room or home, from the formal look of cut pile velvet saxony to the casual look of berber. The texture of carpet allows
you to express your personality and lifestyle. A heavily textured carpet will also help hide foot prints.

Performance & Durability

Generally speaking, carpet does not wear out. Carpet performance is the ability of the carpet to retain the original look and feel of the carpet over time. Better performing carpet will look new longer but it is not going to wear out!

There are six factors which affect the performance and durability of carpet:

1. Fiber Type

Nylon - The most popular fiber. Durable and resilient brands of nylon such as Dupont StainMaster Plus™, Monsanto Wear-Dated™, and Allied Anso CrushResister™ add value to your purchase.

Polyester - Inherently stain and fade resistant. Good color clarity.

Polypropylene - Excellent stain and fade resistance. Best in loop products.

Wool - Natural fiber.

2. Face Weight

Face Weight is the number of ounces of fiber per square yard. The amount of fiber is directly related to performance and durability.

3. Twist

Twist is the number of times the fiber is twisted together in a 1-inch length. How many times the yarn is twisted, particularly in cut pile, is critical to carpet performance.

4. Density

Density is how tightly together the fiber
is stitched into the carpet backing. Higher density affects the look of the carpet and improves resistance to crushing and matting.

5. Cushion

Adds comfort and improves durability.

6. Carpet Cleaning

Regular vacuuming and professional cleaning every 12 to 24 months with
hot water extraction will help maintain the original look of the carpet and improve performance.