Where can you install Carpet
- Carpet is a great choice for everyone, from first time homeowners, to families with kids and pets, to retirees.
- Living rooms
- Basements or Dens
- Provides a rich warmth & comfortable feel to your home, has a high acoustic value to help reduce sound transfer in your home, is allergenic; will hold dirt and dust until vacuumed, so it is not stirred and circulated into the air as it’s walked through. Unlike other types of flooring‚ carpet is a natural insulator‚ providing additional warmth in cold seasons.
- Adds warmth & comfort to your home.
- Carpet is a natural insulator
- Allergenic; carpet will hold dirt and dust, allowing it to be vacuumed up, as opposed to settling on a hard surface, to be stirred and circulated into the air as it’s walked through.
- Can last decades when properly maintained.
- Has a high acoustic value to help reduce sound transfer in your home.
- Is commonly made with recycled material, or natural materials
Things to be Aware of:
- Can stain if not cleaned and maintained properly.
- Depending on how it’s manufactured, some carpet threads will run and pull.
- Some carpets require special vacuums.
- Carpet can trap odours.
- Colours may fade in direct sun exposure
Care and Maintenance
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Types of Carpet
- A carpet with a cut pile is one of the best-selling types of carpet.
- A cut pile carpet is created by producing a carpet with a loop pile, and then shearing the top to create the cut look.
- Pre-shearing cut pile several times creates a luxurious appearance.
- Cut pile is less resistant to crushing than other types of carpet.
- Fibres are lightly twisted and generally have a uniform color.
- More level than a textured carpet.
- This type of carpet is ideal for formal areas because of its luxurious appearance.
- Plush carpets can show footprints and vacuum-cleaner marks.
- A highly twisted cut pile carpet suited well for high traffic, informal areas.
Has fibres that tend to curl in different directions at the surface which help hide footprints and vacuum marks.
Cut and loop pile:
- Combines cut and looped fibres.
- Provides a variety of surface textures or sculptured effects for medium durability.
- Are available in solid or multiple colors, and often available in many patterns. - The different levels in this type of carpet can hide dirt and footprints in formal and informal areas.
- Berbers limit footprints and vacuum tracks in informal areas.
- They can have thicker yarns than other level loop pile carpets for high durability. -
- These loops can retain dirt and may be damaged from snags.
- Berbers come in expensive wool fibres or less expensive nylon, olefin, or nylon-olefin fibres.
Types of Carpet Fibers
Almost all carpet (97%) is made from synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibres are more resistant to stains and much less expensive. However, natural fibres tend to resist crushing from traffic.
Major carpet manufacturers will produce carpets with brand names. These brands are generally made from one or a combination of 6 types of fibre: acrylic, nylon, olefin (polypropylene), polyester, wool, and recycled materials. The basic fibres used in carpets today all have their individual strengths. Even more importantly, they all make excellent carpets. Your ultimate choice will be determined by the characteristics that are most important to you.
Acrylic fiber Commonly known as art, art wool, or man-made wool because it is an artificial fibre. This fibre provides the look and feel of wool at a fraction of the cost. It resists static electricity, moisture, mildew, fading, crushing, staining, and sun damage. However, acrylic fibre is not recommended for high traffic areas due to being less resistant under abrasion, when compared to other fibres.
Blends Typically made from nylon and olefin, this blend is resilient but the different fibre types often resist stains unevenly. Stains will often stand out where the blended fibres do not have an even concentration.
Nylon About 90% of residential carpets and 65% of all carpets make Nylon one of the most popular fibres. Nylon is a good choice for all traffic areas because of its durability and static free status. It maintains fibre height, and resists soiling, staining, and mildew. Nylon fibres, which are dyed after production, maintain their color. Nylon carpets can vary from $8 per square yard and up. Nylon is available in a continuous fibre, which are less likely to unravel, or a spun fibre which is made of short lengths of fibres that are spun together.
Olefin (polypropylene) Otherwise referred to as Polypropylene, Olefin would be the next best seller after nylon, used in about 80% of commercial carpet. These fibres are colorfast due to the production process of mixing polypropylene fibres with dyes. It is resists abrasion, is mildew resistant, moisture resistant, and easy to clean. However, it has less resistance to crushing, depending on the pile. This fibre can be produced for both indoor and outdoor applications, like artificial sport turfs. Olefin carpets are the most inexpensive fibre.
Polyester A luxurious fibre, durable against abrasions, easy to clean, and resistant to water soluble stains, however, more prone to losing fibre height under traffic and shifting weight. Polyester carpets cost less than wool and nylon.
Wool A natural fibre that is luxurious, strong, and stain resistant. It maintains its fibre height, but wool also has its weaknesses. It can maintain static and moisture, tends to fray, and is expensive – generally ranging from about $18 per square yard to $66 per square yard.
Some carpet is made from recycled material PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) carpet is made from recycled plastics of consumer packaged goods, typically soda bottles and other rigid containers. PET carpet is durable, water resistant, and static resistant.