There has definitely been carpet trends and now it seems wood flooring is in full swing. Whatever you choose or prefer the one thing is to be certain of is quality. There are so many things to consider when deciding on materials for floors. A quick education and some research is always helpful as well as a well versed designer or sales representative.
I recently had the pleasure of having Tom Walker of Central Carpets & Interiors located in Beavercreek assist me with a project and found him to be quite knowledgeable.
Tom revealed to me the ABC’s for selecting carpet. He says, “when making a carpet choice first consider the use of the room. Choose carpet according to the amount of traffic expected, the desired look, and lastly choose the color. Most carpet styles offer a wide color selection, so that choice can be made later in the buying decision. One more thing… quality. With carpet quality is important. When you are buying carpet several things affect the price and performance. If you purchase a lower end carpet your performance expectations may be disappointing.”
Having someone with Tom’s wealth of knowledge is valuable when making an important decision such as purchasing materials for your floor.
Important facts to consider:
1. Shading is normal in luxurious cut pile constructions with heavy weight carpets such as Textures, Plush/Velvet and Saxony’s. These carpets normally have a luxurious look and feel. The carpet tufts are usually fine and blend together with a low to medium height that create a sweep of color. These styles are generally used in more formal areas to create a rich look.
2. Frieze or Twist are highly textured cut piles. The yarns are twisted to the point that they actually curl back on themselves in random directions. This is an excellent style for high traffic areas, hallways, and steps. They will outperform most other styles and have a relaxed look that is perfect for family rooms, bedrooms, and less formal areas. Frieze is available is solids, multi-tones and tone on tone colors. The use of multi-tones or tone on tones help hide soiling and wear.
3. Loop style carpets come in many variations and have loops that are all the same height. Berbers are examples of loop construction. Multilevel loop is the term given to styles that have different loop heights. This style is generally seen in basements or commercial locations and are constructed to withstand heavy traffic. This look was popular in the eighties and has become dated for use in residential decors.
4. Cut Loop is a combination of cut pile and loops which is generally a patterned carpet. The cut tufts look darker than the loops when the same dye lot color of yarn is used. Pattern carpet makes a design statement since it will appear multicolored and more daring than most styles. The patterns can vary from checkerboard, basket weaves, dot patterns, circles, foliage vines and numerous others.
5. Patterned carpet can be created as stated above or printed on the carpet surface.
6. Fiber Choice: Nylon carpets perform better than poly’s or olefin’s… hence nylon carpets generally cost more. Brand name fibers such as Anso Nylon and Tactesse are known for quality in softness, performance and stain resistance. BFC nylons (continuous filament) is better than staple nylons. These terms are used in the manufacturing process… how the nylon is made.
7. Weight: The amount of fiber per square inch. You certainly do not have to buy the heaviest carpet in the store and weight does not reflect performance, but you will want something that has a good hand feel.
8. Stain Resistance: Stainmaster is a house hold name and speaks for itself; however you will pay more for this brand. Shaw offers R2X and it is comparable to Stainmaster. When purchasing a carpet pay attention to the stain resistance quality of a carpet, but do not make this your deciding factor in your purchase. Today’s carpets have improved over the years. You should always inquire about maintenance for the carpet after purchase.
9. Keep in mind you don’t have to have the best carpet in the store, but if you want to have a carpet that is going to look good for a number of years it may cost you a little more. If you divide the additional cost over a 12 year period it becomes minimal. Also, if you have to replace a low end carpet every five or so years have your really saved money?
If the room will be used for cooking, food consumption, or extremely high wear…. read my next segment on hard surface flooring choices with tips and information from Tom Walker.
If this seems a little overwhelming contact one of Dayton’s finest at (937) 426-9311–he’ll help you sort it out.