There are several benefits to carpet. Here are just a few:
- Cozy – Nothing brings warmth and comfort to a room like carpet and rugs.
- Strong – In addition to being soft, carpet is strong a durable – it can withstand foot traffic, spills, and doesn’t scratch.
- Colorful – Carpet can be used to tie a room together – with an array of colors to choose from, carpet can be chosen to perfectly match other design elements and furnishings.
- Quiet – Carpet provides a level of sound insulation that can facilitate a peaceful environment that’s perfect for quiet spaces like bedrooms, lounges, and living areas.
What Matters When Choosing Carpet
Factors for picking carpet include fiber type, density, texture, and padding. When you visit The Floor Store of Gainesville, we can discuss with you all of these factors and help you make the best choice for your next carpet installation.
Carpet Fiber Type
Fiber types include nylon, polyester (PET), triexta polyester (PTT), and polyproylene (olefin). These four basic fibers all have individual strengths and are sometimes combined together to form blends. The most common fiber types are nylon and polyester.
Nylon is the most versatile overall and can be used to creative a variety of styles and colors. Although nylon is not inherently stain resistant, most nylon carpet features a stain-resistance treatment that will protect against occasional household spills.
The Anso nylon we carry from Shaw fibers has received the Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification from third-party product and design firm MBDC for it’s use of environmentally safe and healthy materials, recycle-friendly design, and water conservation, energy efficiency, and social responsibility in production.
Polyester (PET) Fiber
Polyester is naturally stain and fade resistant, offering excellent color clarity. Although not as resilient as nylon, advances in yarn processing and carpet construction techniques have largely overcome polyester’s inherent weaknesses. Furthermore, polyester carpet is exceptionally soft, making it a good choice for low to medium traffic areas like bedrooms.
Triexta Polyester (PTT) Fiber
PTT is a subclass of polyester that offers unique strengths and weaknesses when compared with standard PET fiber.
Polypropylene (Olefin) Fiber
Olefin has excellent color rentention, due to the fact that it is solution dyed. In this process, the color is built into the fiber so it will not fade, even when exposed to intense sunlight, bleach, and other harsh chemicals. However, it is not as resilient as other fibers so it is usually reserved for loop pile carpet.