Carpet flooring is made from woven fiber, and comes in many different styles, colors, and patterns. It has a cushioned surface and absorbs sound. Because of it acting as a cushion for the floor, carpet materials provide additional warmth and give you a non-slip surface. Carpet is one of the most affordable flooring products, and most carpets are treated with soil, stain, and static resistant treatments. Carpets are made to be incredibly easy to clean and maintain.
The specific woven fibers that are used to make carpets are typically either wool, nylon, polyester, or olefin. Each fiber type offers individual benefits. Nylon is considered to be the most durable and stain resistant carpet fiber, and it is preferred for homes that have pets and children. It is also a strongly recommended fiber for heavy traffic areas, which include stairs and hallways.
You will get a luxurious look and feel with polyester, and it is great for rooms that see mild amounts of traffic. You will get great construction out of wool, which has natural soil resistance and maintains a great appearance for a long period of time. Olefin provides great stain and moisture resistance, and if you have commercial property to use, it is recommended for such a place.
Benefits of Carpet
The general benefits of having carpet flooring start with the guarantee of additional softness and beauty to a room. In fact, you will get the softest flooring in the market with carpets. Another benefit is the easy installation of carpet flooring as it only takes a few hours to get the carpet flooring in place. There will also be less extra costs to worry about if you install a carpet.
Specific factors that you should consider when buying a carpet include the types of piles, how the carpet appears either cut or looped, its density and weight, which types of treatments it received during or after manufacturing, and how thick the carpet pads are.
One type of pile is a cut pile, which has straight strands that are twisted and cut. Another type is a Low Pile Carpet has its yarn cut to 1/4 inch or less. Plush piles are trimmed to make the yarn ends stick out. Textured carpets have strands of various lengths to give off the look of depth. These carpets are fairly durable and trackless and are great for areas that see more traffic. Twist piles feature twisted yarn and are typically the longest lasting types of carpets.
The look and feel of a carpet is impacted by the thickness and density of carpet pads. The standard density of carpet pads is 6 to 8 pounds. Thickness of carpet pads ranges anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 inch.