Carpet Flooring 101

Sink your feet into a plush wall-to-wall carpet and you’ll instantly know why nothing compares to its comfort and warmth. Innovations in today’s carpeting give you more high-fashion colors, patterns and luxurious fibers than ever before. Plus, new stain- and soil-resistant treatments make carpeting a practical floor covering.

Finding the right carpet

When choosing carpet, you’ll focus mostly on appearance and feel, but durability and cost are also considerations. Here are questions to ask yourself before you shop:

  • Will foot traffic be heavy or light?
  • Will the carpet be near an outside entryway?
  • Will you be serving food and drink in the room?
  • Does the room receive direct sunlight?
  • Do you have pets?

Your answers will define many of your choices, from color to carpet construction and more.

Carpet textures

Carpet textures range from rough and nubby to soft and smooth depending on the shape of the yarn, (fibers). Carpet fibers can be man-made such as nylon or polyester or natural such as wool or sisal. Popular textures include:

  • Textured plush ─ Most versatile decoratively. Textured surfaces hide footprints and vacuum marks. Great for a whole-house carpet.
  • Saxony ─ Presents a traditional look ideal for living and dining rooms. Its relatively dense, smooth surface is adept at hiding footprints.
  • Friezé ─ Tightly twisted yarns create a curly textured surface that lends an informal look while minimizing footprints and vacuum marks.
  • Plush ─ A variation of Saxony with a short pile and dense, smooth surface. Feels luxurious but tends to show footprints and vacuum marks easily. Better suited for low traffic areas.
  • Berber ─ Short, tightly looped pile that withstands foot traffic and furniture weight without crushing.

Carpet Pile

Carpet pile refers to the shape of the yarn. It can be cut or loop, or a combination of both.

  • Cut pile ─ Yarn loops are cut to stand straight up in tufts. Tufts that are tightly twisted hold their shape longer and make a smart choice for high-traffic areas. Styles include Saxony and friezé.
  • Loop pile ─ Yarn is left uncut. These carpets tend to be more durable because the uncut loops evenly distribute the weight of furniture and foot traffic. Berber is a popular example.
  • Multi-level loop pile ─ Two to three different loop heights present an overall sculptural effect while providing good durability.

Shopping for carpeting is an experience that must be felt. Our professional carpeting specialists will help you find the right carpet your home and lifestyle.