Carpet Shopping 101: Know the Basics


Shopping for carpet can be very confusing, when so much of it looks the same to the untrained eye.  A good sales person will first ask you about your lifestyle as related to flooring. What’s the setting for which you will be using this carpet ? How many children do you have ? What type of pets ? Do you entertain ?

“Everyone has specific needs” says Kevin Rose, President of Carpetland USA on N. Alpine Rd, in Rockford. “It’s nice to try to tailor the correct product for a customer’s needs-not picking something a sales person thinks is going to fit everyone’s needs.”

Next, think about fiber.  The most expensive, softest and most durable carpets tend to be name-brand nylons, Rose says. Then, the next level would be polyesters, made from recycled plastic bottles. They’re extremely stain-resistant and durable, with softness that has improved vastly as plastics technology has changed in recent years.

Three important factors help to measure carpet quality:

Density: That’ s the number of stitches per inch, more means the fibers will support each other better and resist crushing.

Twist: This is the number of yarn twists per inch, and perhaps the key consideration, Rose says. The tighter a carpet’s twist, the springier and more resilient it will be.

Face Weight: This refers to how many ounces of fiber are used per square yard of carpet. Backings, also can help to indicate a carpet’s quality and especially its moisture-proof backing.

Also realize the importance of good padding. Some carpet pads are even topped with a moisture-proof membrane. This is of special interest to pet owners.

” Pad is the best dollar spent in carpet, ” Rose says. “It’s another vital element to the durability of the carpet. It takes the shock of absorption, so it helps in resiliency of the fiber. If you’re going to save a buck or two, don’t do it in your pad.”


Article by Jim Killam from Smart Living Weekly 


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