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How to choose the right carpet style for your home

When you walk into our carpet store in Red Deer, AB, you will see hundreds of gorgeous colors, patterns, designs, and styles. It's vital to remember that not every carpet installation is the same because every person and every room will have different priorities, challenges, and needs. There are two elements, in particular, that are important to the appearance, performance, and longevity of the rug.

Fiber could be your most important decision

There are two kinds of fibers: natural and synthetic. Neither is better than the other, so the choice will determine how much you value specific characteristics. Natural, as it implies, is harvested and made into the fiber from plants or animal fur. The most common is wool; it is beautiful, plush, eco-friendly since it's natural and white. Don't be too concerned about the white color; it comes from the sheep with inherent oils with scales that keep dirt from embedding. It is absorbent, so wipe spills immediately, so stains don't set.

Synthetics tend to be a little more stain-resistant and, depending upon style, they can be soft and plush. Nylon is the most well-recognized, mostly since it is known for superior strength and resiliency (the ability to bounce back to its original shape after being compressed.) It has excellent resistance to stains, weather coated with a protectant, or is of the solution-dyed process. Solution-dyed nylon means the dye was applied during the manufacturing process instead of applying it after, resulting in no open dye lots where stain cells can attach. Polyester is a little less resilient but is hydrophobic (non-absorbent), so it has inherent stain resistance. Olefin is budget-friendly, non-absorbent, and often associated with the Berber style.

Pile, texture, and style

Carpet pile indicates how the fibers are cut. Rugs are made by looping the yarns through the backing material, much like sewing a button, and they can either be left as a straight loop like the Berber style or cut at various angles and lengths. Long loose fibers are known as high piles, like the shag of frieze styles. Some combine straight loops with cuts of varying heights. This is known as the "cut and loop" construction, which creates and embeds a pattern. In Saxony, the fibers are cut all at one length, and they are neither high nor low, and that texture can either be a velvety plush or a pattern. Low piles rugs tend to be easier to clean and more durable, which is why they're often seen in offices.

Visit us today at the Carpet Mart showroom in Red Deer, Alberta. We serve customers in Red Deer, AB, Rocky Mountain House, AB, Lacombe, AB, && Blackfalds, AB. Come see us for your carpet flooring project. Our knowledgeable staff has over 30 years of experience and we offer free in-home estimates.