Published on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
Carpet is officially in style. It’s entirely customizable. Bold, daring, and eccentric styles are becoming more and more popular as the importance of customizing your environment rises. Expressing who you are as an individual with colors, patterns, and originality is the current trend. Whether it be earth tones, shades of wine, or a confident mixture of deep reds, greens, blues, and purples, your carpet will complete the look of your home. Read our Carpet 101 guide to uncover your ideal carpet.
Carpet is made of either manmade or natural materials, also known as carpet fibers. Manmade fibers include nylon, polyester, polypropylene, and acrylics, while natural materials can be either wool or fibers that are typically made into area rugs such as sisal, cotton, seagrass, jute, silk, and coir.
A carpet pad is installed beneath your carpet to provide extra comfort as well as extend the life of your carpet. In fact, it may be required in your warranty to have carpet padding underneath your carpet just for this reason. However, if a carpet pad isn’t required in your warranty, it’s not necessary for you to have if you simply don’t want it.
Carpet pile is just as important as when you’re considering color or patterns. The carpet pile is all the visible fibers you can see on the surface, and what you have to consider with the pile, is pile height, or length. Height determines the look, feel and durability of the carpet. You have the option of low, medium, and high.
Diving deeper into our Carpet 101 blog: In addition to knowing the length of your carpet pile, there are different types of the carpet pile to know and understand.
Carpet tiles are a convenient alternative to standard rolled carpet. Some have the ability to be glued on and others are peel-and-stick and are individually applied to basements, 3-season porches, or overtop existing flooring with ease. This allows for creatives minds to run wild as you can customize the design of your floor with many variations of colored tiles.
Consider sisal carpeting. Sisal carpet fiber is a natural carpet fiber extracted from the agave plant’s leaves. It hides dirt and stains well, it’s very durable, and has a beautiful high-end earthy tone to it. The price is considered to be high-end as well.
Carpet has come a long way. Not only are manufacturers finding new and innovative ways to make carpet environmentally friendly, but easy to clean and maintain on top of that. In fact, the industry is also minimizing environmental impact by recycling carpet at the end of its life, into either new carpet or other products such as roofing shingles or automotive parts.
Now that you know the different and important differentiators between all types of carpet, visit our showroom! You are able to take samples to test out ideas in your home as well as receive expert guidance on what carpet might work best for your lifestyle.