26 Feb What To Look For When Buying A New Carpet
Wall-to-wall carpeting used to be pretty boring stuff, just a neutral field of smooth-cut pile, without a lot of excitement or character. Most people just bought on price, but now people are buying on carpet style and here at our Flooring By Design Showroom we have many new and different carpet styles to show you.
But like everything else in the house, carpet has gone high-style — not to mention high-tech. Synthetic yarns, advanced dyeing techniques, and new manufacturing processes now produce carpet with more texture, colour, durability, and stain resistance than ever before. “New looms can combine different piles to create a pattern, like a floral or geometric print,” says Trevor Kedlec, Owner of Barrie’s Flooring Showroom – Flooring By Design. The result is that carpets that are not simply backgrounds for the rest of your decor but focal points in their own right.’
The most important thing to keep in mind when selecting a carpet is how much foot traffic it will get. For the busiest areas, look for a dense construction. “Lay a carpet sample on the table and run your fingers through it. You don’t want to be able to see the backing of the carpet,” says Trevor. You’ll also want a shorter pile height — the general rule is half an inch or less. In a cut-pile carpet, look for a good, tight twist of the yarn bundles. In looped carpet, look for smaller, tighter loops. Less-trafficked areas give you more freedom, allowing you to choose from plush cut-pile to twisty friezes.
Next, consider the material the carpet is made of. Wool is the industry benchmark. “It’s what every other fiber is trying to be,” says Trevor. “It doesn’t crush or fade. It’s naturally fire-retardant, hypoallergenic, discourages the growth of bacteria, and even regulates the room’s humidity.” But because it tends to cost more than other fibers, wool accounts for a relatively small share of the market.
Two-thirds of all carpeting purchased in the North America is made of nylon, thanks to its colorfastness, resilience, and easy maintenance. Olefin (also called polypropylene) is another durable, colourfast, and reasonably priced synthetic. Often used for level-loop and Berber carpet, olefin resists static, moisture, and mildew better than other fibers and can even be used outdoors. Polyester is not as resilient as other fibers, but it’s soft to the touch and easily cleaned. Acrylic is most often used in velvet and level-loop constructions; it looks and feels like wool and gives you the most bang for your buck.
Contact us now at (705) 734-3995 or visit us at our showroom in Barrie to check out our full line of Carpets – Or, fill out the form in our Contact Us section on our website.