Buying a carpet is similar to buying a car. You would have to commit a huge financial investment, considering the different types of carpet there is, can make you feel elated, especially the colors, style, and brands behind these carpets have you deal with high-pressure salespeople. I know, it can be tempting to just go with the first offer that comes staring at you, giving it to experienced salespeople.
Carpeting is a major financial commitment you would have to make in your home. By going around the retailer shop and doing some groundwork along with a reputable retailer you would understand what is out there and what would work best for your home at an affordable price.
In this article, you'd have the knowledge of different types of carpet, styles, and factors to consider before buying any carpet. You’d also know the ideal carpets to buy if you keep pets. We will strictly focus on synthetic fibers in this post, as these types are more affordable than natural fibers.
Listed below are the types of carpet fiber that can fit your needs.
Types of Carpet Fiber
This fiber beats all other types in its durability, easy to maintain, and tough. If you looking for a carpet that would last, especially if you have kids and pets.
Note: nylon fibers that are branded are known to be “high-quality” and are mostly listed as 100% Stainmaster Tactesse, while unbranded ones use terms such as, 100% nylon.
Normally called (PET) has a very soft and an ornate underfoot. This stain-resistant fiber comes in deep and vibrant colors. Although there are downsides to this one; it's difficult to clean and is likely to peel over time as it isn't as durable as nylon fibers.
This type is mostly used in areas that not passed regularly, like your bedroom. This can be a good pick for you if you have no kids yet or don’t keep pets. Polyester carpet is good comes handy when you need to do exercise on your carpet
This type is new in the market and is derived from corn sugar. It comes with anti-stain properties unlike nylon fibers, it doesn’t need to be treated with stain repellents. It is also tough like nylon, but since it’s the kid in the block, you can’t tell if it’s superior to nylon fibers. If you have kids and pets in the house, then it’s also a good choice because of its high stain resistance.
This type is also known as “polypropylene” because of its attractive look. This type is strong and doesn’t fade although it’s not tough like nylon. Also has a good stain resistance, it goes even further to be anti-mildew. This type is usually used for high traffic areas, like play areas and living room.
Factors that make up a durable and quality carpet
The following factors are what to look out for when buying a carpet for your home;
One common thing that happens is a salesperson can tell you that some carpets are a good deal, but do not take their word for it and check handle, label and do your research before committing your money to buy any carpet.
It should have at least a 34- to 41-oz face weight
Oz stands for the number of ounces per square yard, the normal face weight of carpets range from 28 – 80, the higher the face weight the tougher and heavier it is.
Tuft twist should be 5 or higher
"Twist" is the number of times you can twist the tufts together as one length. The higher the number of twists can be done on the carpet, the more durable it is.
Density rating should be 2000 or higher
The density of the carpet is determined by the thickness of the fibers and how enclosed they are together. So if it’s thick and heavy, be rest assured that it’s a quality one because it won’t tear or shed.
Note: if you want to find out, you can tilt the carpet sample backward if you notice the back fibers easily, then it's a low-density or low-quality carpet
Check if the carpet is BCF or staple fibers build
Carpet fibers are divided into two categories, they are either Bulked Continuous Filament (BFC) or staple. Carpets with staple fibers easily shed, unlike BCF fibers. Although this won’t affect the quality in the long-run but staple fibers starts shedding after a long time of regular vacuuming
How many years texture preservation warranty is issued, 10 years?
This determines how the fiber retains its look after having been walked upon. Although most manufacturers promise 12- 20+ year warranty, it's not always the case. But with the other factors checked you can quickly tell if a carpet can last that long.
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