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Carpet Buying Guide

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Getting new carpet is no inexpensive undertaking. For this reason, it’s important that you purchase your new carpet with the confidence that your new carpet will be the best fit for you home. Here is a carpet buying guide that will help you ensure the best possible carpet for your home.

Carpet Buying Guide

Cut vs. Loop

There are two main types of carpeting available on the market: cut pile and loop pile. Knowing the differences is important when deciding on what type of carpet you will want for your home.

  • Cut Pile Carpets — A cut pile is essentially a carpet which doesn’t have loops but single stands of fibers. Cut pile carpets are some of the most popular styles of carpets and generally feel better on your feet. When selecting a cut pile, be sure to consult with the carpet showroom as to what types of twists they have to get a proper recommendation on your needs.
  • Loop Pile Carpets — As with cut pile carpets, there are a wide-variety of loop pile styles. Generally speaking though, loop pile is when the carpet it left in its woven form and not cut. These types of carpets are best for high-traffic areas as they hold up better. These types of carpets are not good for homes with pets or kids as the loops can get snagged leading to an unraveling of the carpet.

Different Carpet Materials

Once you’ve selected the type of pile you’d like for your carpet, it’s time to consider the different carpeting materials available to you.

  • Nylon Carpets — A durable and stain resistant material making it a great choice for carpets. We commonly recommend nylon for homes with pets and children due to its resistance to frequent use and stains.
  • Polyester Carpets — Have a luxurious look and feel along with a wide variety of color options. This type of carpet is a good value for homes with a normal amount of traffic.
  • Olefin Carpets — Provides good stain and moisture resistance, but lacks in the area of durability. It is best suited for loop pile construction or high, very dense cut piles.
  • Wool Carpets — Favored for its natural beauty, wool is naturally soil resistant, but this does not mean they are completely stain resistant. What makes wool a good choice is that it looks good for a long time and is well constructed.

Other Carpeting Terms

When shopping for carpet, there are some other terms or considerations to keep in mind. Here is a quick overview of some industry terms to help you get the best carpet for your home.

  • Carpet Twist — The twist of a carpet refers to how the carpet fibers are sewn. The tighter and heavier the twist, the more durable and firm the carpet will perform and feel.
  • Carpet Density — The measure of how closely packed the carpet’s fibers are together. The more dense a carpet, the stronger the carpet will be.
  • Carpet Weight — Weight determines, as you would suspect, how much the carpet weighs. This term is important because there are two types of weights to keep in mind when comparison shopping. Face weight is the weight of just the carpet fibers, while total weight will also include the weight of the backing and other aspects of the carpet as well.
  • Carpet Padding — The padding of a carpet is the cushion which goes below the carpet itself. The thicker the padding, the more comfortable the step and the more insulating power. One thing to consider though, is that thinner padding may be preferred for those who want a more sure-step in mobility. Also test the feel of your carpet with the padding underneath at the same time to get a true-feel.

For more help with picking out the best carpet for your home and lifestyle, get in touch with the expert Maryland carpet store, Genesis Flooring America, today! To schedule an appointment call Genesis Flooring America at 410-552-6410 or fill out the form on our website, today!


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