Carpet CollegevilleWhen it comes time to purchase a new carpet, you’ll find that the choices are nearly endless. From color to fiber type, the possible combinations could make choosing the perfect carpet for your Collegeville home overwhelming. To make this process easier, the experts at Floor Coverings International Montco have created a guide to the most important carpet qualities to help you sort through your carpet options.

Carpet Fiber Type

One of the most significant qualities of a carpet is the material that makes up its fibers. This material will determine your carpet’s cost, durability, and softness. There are two general classes of fiber types to choose from: synthetic, and natural. Synthetic is by far the most commonly used fiber type, with nylon, polyester, and olefin being the most popular synthetic fibers. Polyester and olefin are affordable synthetic options, but for a slightly higher price nylon provides optimal durability and softness.

Natural carpet fibers are more versatile, as they can come from a variety of sources including wool, cotton, seagrass, sisal, and more. Unlike plastic-based carpets, natural carpets are eco-friendly and biodegradable. Some of them are even hypoallergenic, making them a great carpet alternative for homeowners with allergies, asthma, or chemical sensitivity. As with synthetic carpets, the price, durability, and texture of natural carpets will vary depending on the material used. Wool, however, is the most popular natural fiber type, as it provides a luxury feel and can last for decades.

Carpet Pile Height

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High Pile: Shag Carpet

The “pile height” of a carpet is a term used to describe the length of a carpet’s fibers. High pile carpets tend to have fibers longer than ½ inch. Examples include popular carpets like shag and frieze. High pile carpets tend to be slightly more expensive than short pile carpets. They will feel luxuriously soft but tend to be more difficult to vacuum, and they trap more dust and grime. This maintenance factor makes high pile area rugs preferable over high pile wall-to-wall carpeting for some homeowners.

Short pile carpets are a very popular choice of broadloom carpet. Popular styles of short pile carpet include plush and Saxony. This type of pile height tends to be more practical in broadloom carpet because it is easier to vacuum and clean. The shorter fibers tend to stand on end and create a plush feel underfoot. They are also less likely to collect dust and grime than high pile carpets.

Cut vs. Looped Fibers

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Looped Fibers: Berber Carpet

Another quality that determines a carpet’s durability, cost, and texture is whether the fibers are cut or looped. All carpets start with looped fibers, as the fibers are woven into the carpet backing. However, many carpets go through the additional process of having these loops cut so that the fibers stand upright to create a plush feel. Cut-fiber carpets are very common in wall-to-wall carpeting because they provide a cushiony feel underfoot.

Looped-fiber carpets like berber tend to be slightly cheaper since they don’t have to undergo as much manufacturing. While looped fibers are more dense and less plush underfoot than cut fibers, they do provide an advantage. Looped fibers are less likely to become grimy or stained, as dirt and spills tend to sit on top of the loops rather than sink into the fibers. Looped fibers are also more durable against foot traffic, as they can’t crimp or unravel like cut fibers. While they may not be plush, looped carpets are still very soft and make a great choice for high-traffic areas in the home.

Get Started in Collegeville Today

Finding the best fiber type or pile height to suit your home’s needs is half the battle when it comes to finding the perfect carpet. Call Floor Coverings International Montco today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you choose the perfect carpet for your Collegeville home. We proudly serve King of Prussia, Lafayette Hill, Blue Bell and surrounding areas.

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