Selecting the best, American-made carpet for your needs can seem like a daunting task, but we are here to help you in your search.
1. Choosing the Right Fiber
According to This Old House, there are 5 main categories of fiber:
- Wool (and Wool Blends)- Pros: softer, highly durable, and stain resistant. Cons: price.
- Nylon – Pros: similar to wool in durability and feel, stain resistant, affordable. Cons: price for the higher end lines.
- Olefin (polypropylene) – Pros: durable, water and stain resistant. Cons: resiliency. Recommended for low-pile carpets only.
- Polyester – Pros: soft, holds color, resists soil. Cons: resiliency.
Acrylic – Pros: can look and feel like wool, moisture and mildew resistant. Cons: resiliency. Not recommended for carpeting in rooms (usually reserved for bathroom mats).
2. Choosing the Right Style
This Old House also addresses three main styles of carpeting:
- Loop-pile carpets – Pros: durability. Cons: difficult to keep clean. Can be used in high traffic areas. Example: berber
- Cut-pile carpets – Pros: look and feel. Cons: durability. Examples: (least durable to most) velvets, saxonies, friezes
- Cut-loop pile – Pros: durability. Recommended for stairways and informal rooms.
Keep in mind that the higher the pile on your carpet, the less durable it will be.
3. Importance of Weight
The weight of a square yard of carpet will give you a better idea of how much yarn the carpet contains, and the higher the weight, the longer that product will last (according to This Old House). Be careful you are only comparing the weight of similar products, though, as different fibers are going to have different weights.
4. Read the Fine Print – The Warranty
As with any product, the length of the warranty that the company includes (at no additional cost) offers you a good idea of the typical life-span of your carpet. The longer the warranty is, the better the quality is of the product. Pay close attention to the fine print, as not all warranties reimburse the full cost of the product or replacement.
5. Environmental and Economic Impacts
There is a growing trend among consumers within the U.S. towards American-made, environmentally friendly products, and those who use them take pride in these selections. It may lead to a greater up front cost, but the economic and environmental impacts are invaluable.
Bloomsburg Carpet sells many of the high quality carpeting options mentioned in these tips. We manufacture our products in America and pride ourselves on our environmental sustainability. We sell both commercial and residential carpeting. Contact us for assistance in meeting your carpeting needs!
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