CARPET BUYING GUIDE


Why Choose Carpet:

Choosing a carpet for your space can be slightly overwhelming, especially with the vast selection available. Carpet should be a comfortable and welcoming addition to your home or office. It adds warmth and is soft underfoot making your space a place where you want to be. Carpet is much quieter than hard surface floors and is non-allergenic. It can be installed on a variety of substrates and on all grade levels, even concrete slabs in basements. DownRight Floors offers a wide assortment of colors, tones and hues from various manufacturers such as Stainmaster, Shaw, and Karastan making it easy to coordinate your current room décor or create a whole new look.

Carpet Guide Terms:

  • Fiber – This is what carpet is actually made of. There are five main types of material used: Nylon, Polyester (PET), Polypropylene (Olefin), Wool and Triexta. All make excellent carpets and the choice comes down to which features work best for you.

 

Nylon

Style:Excellent
Color:Excellent
Soil Resistance:Excellent
Stain Resistance:Excellent
Texture Retention:Excellent
Resistance to
Household Cleaners:
Very Good
Fiber Strength:Excellent

Polyester

Style:Good
Color:Very Good
Soil Resistance:Fair
Stain Resistance:Excellent
Texture Retention:Good
Resistance to
Household Cleaners:
Excellent
Fiber Strength:Good

Polypropylene

Style:Fair
Color:Fair
Soil Resistance:Poor
Stain Resistance:Excellent
Texture Retention:Fair
Resistance to
Household Cleaners:
Excellent
Fiber Strength:Good

Wool

Style:Fair
Color:Fair
Soil Resistance:Very Good
Stain Resistance:Very Good
Texture Retention:Excellent
Resistance to
Household Cleaners:
Good
Fiber Strength:Good

Triexta

Style:Very Good
Color:Excellent
Soil Resistance:Excellent
Stain Resistance:Excellent
Texture Retention:Excellent
Resistance to
Household Cleaners:
Very Good
Fiber Strength:Excellent

Fiber:


Style:
Color:
Soil Resistance:
Stain Resistance:
Texture Retention:
Resistance to
Household Cleaners:

Fiber Strength:

Nylon


Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent

Very Good

Excellent

Polyester


Good
Very Good
Fair
Excellent
Good

Very Good

Excellent

Polypropylene


Fair
Fair
Poor
Excellent
Fair

Excellent

Good

Fiber


Fair
Fair
Very Good
Very Good
Excellent

Good

Good

Fiber


Very Good
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent
Excellent

Very Good

Excellent

 

  • Pile – This is the height of the fiber. There are three main piles of carpet: Cut Pile, Loop Pile, and Cut and Loop Pile. Images courtesy of CRI.

 

Cut Pile
Cut Pile Swatch
Fiber ends are cut evenly across the carpet.
Cut Pile
Cut Pile Swatch
Yarn is looped and fastened to the carpet backing.
Cut Pile
Cut Pile Swatch
Combination of the two creating more textures and designs.

 

  • Density – This measures how close the strands of fiber are packed together. Higher density means stronger carpet.
  • Carpet Weight – Measured in ounces per square yard, this refers to the amount of fiber on the surface of the carpet. This differs from total weight as total weight includes any backing and latex. Weight determines the quality of the carpet. When comparing by weight, similar fiber and backing materials should be used otherwise the weight comparison is invalid.
  • Texture – Simply put texture is the way a carpet looks and feels. This is determined by the way fibers are cut and looped.

Carpet Types:

Now that you are familiar with some of the terms we use, now we should go over some carpet types. There are two main types of carpet types: Residential and Commercial.
  • Residential Carpet –These are recommended for use inside your home. There are four main carpet types to choose from. Your selection will depend on which room of your home you are carpeting and which features are most important to you. As always our recommendations for rooms are only a starting point for your design.

 

Texture

Textured Plush Style


"Whole-house" Carpet. Most versatile and hides most footprints and vacuum marks. Preferred for high traffic areas. The smooth surface of the pile offers a traditional aesthetic. Similar styles include Saxony and Cable. Recommended for: Main living areas, Hallways, Living rooms.


Loop

Loop Style


Also known as Berber carpet. This carpet provides maximum durability for high traffic areas. Perfect answer for active rooms. Recommended for: Recreation rooms, Basements, Workout rooms.


Pattern

Pattern Style


Also known as Cut and Loop or Sculptured carpet. The unique visuals of a pattern carpet will set any room apart. Recommended for: Formal rooms, Dining rooms, Basements.


Twist

Twist Style


Twist or Frieze carpet is casual and stylish and durable too. This carpet will give your room a fresh modern and updated look. Recommended for: Bedrooms, Sitting rooms, Media rooms.

 

  • Commercial – Most commercial carpets will be made of Nylon. Olefin and Wool are also available options. These carpets are either tufted or woven. Images courtesy of CRI.

 

Tufted

Tufted Style


Most commonly manufactured commercial carpet. Created on specialized multi-needle sewing machines.


Woven

Woven Style


Created on looms interlacing carpet fiber and backing yarns.


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