TIPS ON CARPET
Today’s carpet offers a wide variety of choices in style, fiber composition and color. Gone are the days of having to select only conventional loop pile, a carpet style consisting of yarn in uncut loops. New technology can produce multilevel loop and cut-loop patterns allowing diamond, bow, pin dot or fleur-de-lis designs that “pop out” in sculptured effects.
The texture, colors and pattern of the carpet can complement or contrast with patterns of your furniture and window treatments. Using a solid color, textured carpet is a great way to provide interest and pizzazz, without going to a multicolor, overall pattern. Textured styles also fit well with today’s active and casual lifestyles.
Because it covers so much living space, carpet is the foundation of your room’s décor. It can be a neutral color, blending in with fabrics and other surfaces, or it can be a vibrant focal point of the room, making a statement that reflects your style. Carpet comes in almost every color you can imagine and is a personal choice. You will want to select a color that unites your decorative elements and creates the atmosphere you desire. Ever-popular beige carpet can make a room look spacious, but for a bolder statement, look for a common color in your furniture and draperies. Choose a carpet with a similar hue. Environmental colors, like blues, deep greens, rosy quartz and stony neutrals are becoming increasingly popular. Warm colors can turn up the heat in a room that lacks light, while cool greens and blues have a calming effect. Lighter colors make the room seem larger; darker colors provide coziness. There are also practical considerations in color selection. New stain and soil resistant technology makes today’s lighter color carpet much easier to clean, allowing for more decorating options. Medium and darker colors, tweeds and textures are good at hiding soil in your home’s high-traffic areas.
Also, know that the color of your carpet will look different under different lighting conditions. Make sure to take your samples home and look at them by daylight and by lamplight ( Our design people will bring them right to your home and offer advice before you make your decision).
To select the best carpet for your home and lifestyle, you should consider the types of carpet will work best for your situation: There are six basic styles of carpet: textured, Saxony or plush, frieze, berber, looped, and pattern.
Each style has its own characteristics and performance capabilities. You should carefully consider all of each style’s features, qualities and conditions in making your buying decision.
This is one of the most versatile cut-piles, made with alternating twists of yarn that gives the appearance of subtle differences in tonal color. It does a great job of hiding footprints (not trackless) and vacuum marks, while creating casual beauty for any room. Because of the way it is made, it is ideal for all rooms in the home, and helps to hide soil and dirt between vacuuming and cleaning.
Saxony carpet gives a more traditional, luxurious, plush look. It has a smooth, soft finish, with many styles today made of delustered yarns that give the look of cotton or wool. It adds distinctive elegance to any room, making it a perfect choice for formal living rooms, dining rooms, or bedrooms. This style will show footprints and vacuum marks.
Frieze carpets give a casual, durable, and clean appearance for any room. The textured pile has a very tight, heavily twisted yarn system, that makes for a very tough wearing carpet. It is made in various pile heights, giving a contemporary look similar to a modern-day shag. It is very resilient and minimizes traffic patterns and vacuum marks. Friezes are great for children’s rooms and active areas of the house.
Berber style carpets contain large and small looped tufts, sometimes containing small flecks of dark color on lighter shade background colors. They also come in solid colors and patterns. This carpet hides traffic patterns well but may make seams more apparent. But it also has the advantage of coming in widths wider than 12 feet to eliminate seams in some rooms. Berbers are made from a range of materials including nylon, olefin and wool. They are durable and affordable, and are generally used in more casual settings such as sun rooms, dens, and family rooms.
Loop carpets have always been popular in the commercial area, but are now being increasingly used in residential applications because of their durability. The wool like ragged looped surface creates a natural warm atmosphere for any room. The tight loop texture helps hide footprints and vacuum marks, and makes it a durable choice for high traffic areas.
Patterned carpets are created by using varied pile heights and / or combining cut and loop construction in solid or multi-color variations. Their distinct definition creates beauty and personality, and the patterns come in a wide variety of styles. The carpets are generally low profile so that they wear well. Available in casual or elegant styles, they accomodate any taste or decor.
Don’t take the quality of your carpet cushion lightly
The performance of many carpets will hinge on the performance of the cushion. Spending a few extra dollars on cushion can mean extra years of performance for your carpet. Some carpet warranties also hinge on the grade of cushion you select.
Carpet cushion affects the luxury feel underfoot, quietness, resilience, cleaning, insulation, and, ultimately, the life of your carpet. Crushing or flattening of your carpet fiber causes it to look ugly long before it’s useful wear life is over. Quality cushion will help resist this condition.
Don’t judge the quality by feel alone
Thick and luxurious carpet can fool you at times. Determine the performance you want and the conditions effecting your carpet. A tighter twisted fiber doesn’t feel as soft but it will generally give you better performance over the life of the carpet. A tightly twisted yarn will resist soiling, matting and crushing. When a yarn is not tightly twisted it may feel more luxurious but it will tend to crush and flatten out more quickly. If your budget permits, don’t skimp on quality in lieu of price. Typically, a better quality carpet will have a better twisted yarn, good pile density, and will hold up better. The old adage “you get what you pay for” is especially true in floorcovering.
Read the labels
Generally speaking you can review the stain resistance, anti-static claims and wear warranties right on the back of the sample. You also will see the type of fiber ( nylon, polyester, polypropylene, etc.), the face weight, density, and twist. Ask our salespeople what features they would recommend for your particular situation. They can explain features vs the benefits to you so that you can attain the best value for your money.
The installation process is just as important to a successful project as the products that we sell. Our craftsmen deliver the end product that ulitmately makes our clients proud of their project. We pride ourselves on our quality of installation. Each member of our team knows our commitment to doing a job right. We reinforce this by a system of continuing education and certification, training programs and seminars, and on the job implementation. Our installers are our own employees and work strictly for us, unlike the independent installation subcontractors that most others use. LEARN MORE
One More Thing
In the months following installation, you may notice some shedding or sprouting. This is normal and will not affect the carpet’s life or beauty. Here’s what to do:
- Shedding— The shedding of loose fibers is normal and should subside with regular vacuuming.
- Sprouting— If a single tuft extends beyond the carpet’s surface, simply clip it off. Do not pull it out.
- Pile reversal or shading— This seeming color change may occur in various parts of the carpet, caused by light being reflected in different ways as pile fibers are bend in different directions. This is not a defect but a characteristic of plush carpet.
- Wrinkling— If ripples occur, call us. It may be necessary for us to restretch the carpet. This is rare, but if it happens, call us, and we will get our crews back to fix the situation promptly.
There is no substitute for a knowledgeable salesperson
As you can see, there are a wide variety of issues to resolve in buying the best carpet for your needs. The performance and quality characteristics of carpet vary more widely than that of other flooring materials. Our knowledgeable design people can help you sort out colors and styles and match them to your performance needs so that your purchase makes sense while achieving beauty and quality for your home or office.