How to Shop for A Durable Carpet
Posted by: Genesis Floors
Carpet might not be the most expensive floor covering on the market, but it’s definitely a hassle to replace. Even if you don’t mind paying for the new carpet every few years, the process of carpet removal and installation is somewhat of an inconvenience, to say the least. When we purchase carpet, we generally expect it to last for at least five to ten years before it loses its look and integrity. And it’s a reasonable expectation if you are choosing the right carpet for the job. When it comes to Carroll County carpet flooring, there are plenty of options to choose from—so many, in fact, that it’s easy to get confused. Let’s talk about what makes carpet durable and how to pick the right one.
Fiber plays a big role in the longevity of your carpet. Even though most fibers used in carpet manufacturing these days are man-made, they were not created equally. For example, olefin fibers have excellent stain resistance due to their inability to absorb moisture. However, they don’t do well against soil and are fair at retaining texture. Nylon is by far the most resilient and durable fiber available today. If you are looking for carpet to use in high-traffic areas, such as stairs, playrooms and hallways, choose carpet with high nylon content.
Carpet construction is probably even more important than fiber because it affects the integrity of your carpet. If you want durability, look for carpet with heavy, short, dense and tightly twisted carpet fiber.
- Face weight indicates the ounces of fiber per square yard. When comparing face weight of different carpets, be sure to compare apples to apples, i.e. carpets with a similar pile height. A longer pile will inevitably lead to higher face weight.
- Density rating is calculated from the face weight and pile height. It doesn’t offer the exact number of fibers per square foot, but it will give you an idea about how thick and how close together the fibers are.
- Twist level is the number of twists per one inch of a carpet strand. Fiber with more twists is less likely to unravel and more likely to maintain its shape.
A good way to check the density of the carpet is to bend a carpet sample and see how much of the backing is revealed across the bend. The density factor is so important because it allows the carpet to keep contaminants on the surface, which ensures a faster and easier cleanup, as well as less wear on the backing. For loop-pile carpets where loops weren’t cut, like Berber, go for smaller and tighter loops if you are aiming for durability.
Even the most well-constructed and stain-resistant carpet won’t serve you for years to come if it was improperly installed. A lot goes into carpet installation from choosing the right cushion, to sealing the seams and stretching. Poor installation by inexperienced technicians may lead to wrinkling, buckling or seam raveling, which in turn may lead to premature carpet wear.
When Shopping for a Durable Carpet
It’s one thing to know in theory what a durable carpet looks like and another thing to actually know what to buy when you are in our Sykesville carpet showroom. Here are a few tips for shopping for durable carpet:
- Read the labels carefully—look for construction specifications that describe the fiber type, amount of twist, density and weight.
- Choose carpet with high nylon content, heavy weight (at least 35-40 oz.) and a twist of 5 or higher.
- Density rating of 2,000 or higher typically characterizes a dense carpet.
- Ask about warranty—a good warranty means that the manufacturer stands behind the carpet’s durability claims.
- Don’t give much significance to the wear rating—this system is unique to every manufacturer and won’t be helpful in comparing carpets of different brands.
- Don’t be fooled by salesmen who try to impress you with the total weight number—it is mostly meaningless.
Are you ready to shop? Visit our flooring showroom in Sykesville, MD and our carpet experts will help you choose the best carpet for your project.