How To Choose The Perfect Carpet For Your Home

ProSource | 9/9/2015 | Product Information

Now that homeowners are staying in their houses longer, they’re putting down roots - and carpet - in certain rooms where they desire something softer under foot. Bedrooms, living rooms and kids rooms have all become popular choices for carpeting.

As with other flooring options, there are a multitude of choices, but with a little knowledge and some idea of your design preferences, you’ll find the perfect carpet for your home.

Beyond the myriad of color and style choices, there are a number of reasons homeowners are choosing carpet. Not only is it comfortable, but carpet improves a home’s acoustics because it absorbs noise rather than reflecting it back into the room.

Carpeting also provides thermal resistance, retaining warmth longer when it’s cold outside, which conserves energy and reduces heating bills.

Despite many claims to the contrary, carpet can actually be a smart flooring choice for the 60 million Americans who suffer from allergies. Carpet acts like a filter, trapping allergens like pollen and dust, and keeping them out of the air you breathe. They can then be removed through regular cleaning. In fact, a recent study proved that carpet traps allergens better than hard floors, resulting in fewer particles escaping into the air.

There are so many things to consider when choosing carpet for your home. Seeing and touching samples makes it easier to tell the differences among the various piles and fibers. Your local ProSource Showroom has a vast assortment of carpet styles to view, and samples can be checked out to take home.

Pile
Pile can be sheared (cut pile), left intact (loop pile), or a combination (cut-and-loop pile). When choosing a pile height, remember that the deeper the pile, the more luxurious the carpeting will feel. Shorter piles tend to be easier to care for than their longer counterparts.

Consider everything when making your decision – location, look, feel and use.

Berber
A short, loop-pile carpet that is especially durable and a good choice for high-traffic areas such as living rooms, hallways and staircases.

Frieze
The twisted strands of this cut-pile carpet hide vacuum marks and foot traffic well. It is a popular carpet choice for informal rooms.

Shag
This very long pile carpet doesn’t stand upright, giving it a “shaggy” look. It became widely popular during the 70’s, but has changed considerably. Today it’s offered in a wide variety of contemporary colors.

Plush
Plush carpet is cut to a smooth, level height, and is known for being very comfortable. It’s ideal for bedrooms, but just know it can show indentations easily.

Fiber
A carpet's appearance, texture and longevity are determined by its fibers, which can be natural, synthetic or a blend of several. Some of the most popular fibers are:

Nylon
Overall, this is the most versatile fiber. It provides excellent durability and flexibility, and is the most commonly used carpet fiber. It can be found in a wide range of both cut pile and loop pile styles. Nylon carpeting has great color flexibility and uniformity, and is exceptionally soft. Most nylon carpets feature a stain-resistant treatment for protection against spills and stains.

Polyester
It offers exceptional softness and color clarity, and is also naturally stain and fade resistant. Although polyester is not as strong and durable as nylon, it still performs well. Polyester fiber carpeting is a good choice for lower to medium traffic areas such as bedrooms.

Wool
This is a natural fiber. It’s hypoallergenic and water resistant, and is a natural insulator, effectively helping to reduce heating and cooling costs in your home. And wool’s natural structure makes it incredibly durable and resistant to stress and fatigue, which means it can withstand many years of use without wearing down. Wool carpet is strong, static-resistant and comfortable. It’s also naturally stain-resistant and flame-retardant.

Polypropylene
Unlike other fiber types, polypropylene is solution dyed. Solution dyeing is a process in which color is actually built into the fiber when it is formed, making the color an inherent part that cannot be removed from the fiber. This means the color will not fade, even when exposed to intense sunlight, bleaches, or other harsh chemicals or elements.

Triexta
Triexta is a type of polyester fiber that cannot be treated with a stain and soil resistance system. This yarn's lack of stain repellency can make the cleanup of spills difficult, and many oil-based stains can be very difficult to remove.

Carpeting can actually help you breathe easier, it’s simple to maintain with regular vacuuming and occasional professional cleanings, it’s one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds (VOC) among household furnishings and building materials, and eco-friendly options abound.

Carpet comes in a virtually unlimited number of colors, patterns and styles for any design preference. So whether you prefer contemporary, traditional or an eclectic mix, there’s a color and pattern for you.

Review the product catalog to find the carpet you desire, and add the images to the myProSource Project Center. Then stop by your local ProSource Showroom to feel samples for yourself.






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