Carpet Flooring

Carpeting in SalinasFor many families, carpet is a great choice for any room in the house. There are many benefits to choosing carpet as a flooring solution.

  • Carpet is affordable, economical, and cost-effective
  • With its vast assortment of colors, it can match any style or décor in any room.Carpet can also come in different patterns and styles, making it the most versatile flooring option available.
  • Many styles are treated to resist stains, as well as reduce static. Carpet one of the easiest flooring choices to maintain.
  • Carpet absorbs sound, is non-slip, and insulates the floors. It is much warmer to walk on, especially during colder weather.

Choosing Quality Carpet

The higher quality the carpet, the longer it will last. The most common type of carpet is tufted carpet, where a machine inserts loops of fiber into the backing. Quality, durable construction is determined by the way the fibers are twisted and the density of loops.

The twist is how tightly the fiber of the carpet is twisted during constructions. Tightly twisted fiber will stand up to matting and worn spots much better. Frieze carpet has about seven to nine twists per inch, making it the most tightly twisted carpet style. Most styles are twisted three to six times per inch.

Density is the amount of fibers in a carpet, as well as how tightly they are woven onto the backing. Dense carpets are able to hold up to higher amounts of wear and tear. Check for density by bending the carpet into a U-shape. Dense carpet will have less backing visible through the fibers.

Types of Fiber

The most common types of fiber for carpet are nylon, polyester, olefin, and wool. Foot traffic and heavy use are two major concerns when choosing the right kind of fiber for each room.

  • Nylon is a popular choice because of its ability to hold up in heavy foot traffic. It is an ideal choice for rooms that are frequented often, especially by children and pets. Nylon is highly durable and stain-resistant (when treated).
  • Polyester is a good value and can handle a moderate amount of foot traffic. It has a luxurious look and feel, making it good for entertainment rooms, bedrooms, and finished basements.
  • Olefin wears down easier than nylon or polyester, so it is best in rooms that have less foot or pet traffic. It is good for dense carpeting or loop pile construction. Olefin is resistant to stains and moisture.
  • Wool has a natural beauty that holds up well. It is resistant to soiling when treated, but not naturally stain-resistant.

Styles of Carpet

• Cut carpet works well in many rooms. The ends of the yarn are cut, which gives it a soft, comfortable feel. Examples of cut carpet include frieze, shag, saxony, velvet, and cable.
• Look carpet is comprised of lots of loops that are not cut off at the ends. This carpet can have a low, tight pile height or be thick and luxurious.
• Cut-loop is a combination of loop and cut carpet. The fibers are often different lengths, giving it a sculptured pattern.

Choosing a Color

Carpet is available in all sorts of colors. Choose a color that works well with the personal style of the room. Bring some samples to when choosing a carpet color to find a color that will blend right in to the room.

Stain Resistance

Consider lifestyle and the way each room is used to determine how much stain resistance is necessary. Pets, kids, and high foot traffic will require carpet that will withstand the demands. Choose the type of fiber that matches the needs, and look for carpet that is treated by the manufacturer to be stain-resistant.