With all of the choices, What is the best type of carpet for my home?
The first thing that may get you on the right path is to learn what is the latest trend in carpeting? So let me start by mentioning, Frieze (AKA Shag) is OUT. Sorry if you have this type of carpet, but it has trended back out. It can make a fun rug, but for a broadloom or wall -to- wall type installation, we are not showing it unless a customer specifically asks for it. One misconception is that the thickness of the carpet does not always dictate that it is the most durable. Oftentimes lower pile patterns are better for high traffic areas including stairs. The lower piles have a clean look and do not have the tendency to embed and hold onto dirt. These lower pile cut and loops can include some of the “Classic” styles like a Pin-Dot pattern. Plush or cut pile carpets never really went out of style. Now there are more options including the multi-flecked colors or a two-tone fleck. Some clients feel that these multi-color carpets will hide stains which can be a benefit. However I still try to urge my clients to choose something that will stand the test of time and not be too trendy.
One of the first questions I ask consumers shopping for new carpet, is are pets or children in the household? This will help determine what type of fiber and pattern that would be best. If pets are a factor, I normally recommend a product like a “Stainmaster Pet Protect” product. This particular product is a solution dyed nylon. This means the yarn is dyed all the way through, as opposed to just having the color applied to only the surface. There are many schools of thought on Nylon vs. Polyester but as we have owned a retail flooring store for the past 20 years, I prefer to sell nylon. I do not want a client coming in two years later unhappy with what we sold them. And I feel more comfortable selling a tried and true fiber. There are always exceptions to every rule, and every client has to make their own decision based on price, availability, warranty, and style preferences.
Be careful not to get to hung up on Face Weight, a 70 oz polyester is not necessary better than a 50 oz nylon. There are other factors that need to be considered including density and twist of the fiber. Also be aware that the salesperson is not giving the total ounce weight as face weight. This is confusing to the consumer because it includes the backing which is a larger number is not accurately measuring the density of the yarn.
Choosing a better pad will help increase the life of your carpet.
The traditional rebond pads are normally 4, 6, and 8 lb. Make sure you are getting at least an 8lb pad. There are upgraded pads you want to be sure to ask for that will provide a moisture barrier, and odor eater enzymes. Memory foam pad is a very nice upgrade that adds a very nice touch and gives multiple benefits.
There is also a new carpet product by Shaw that puts a plastic backing on the actual carpet which will prevent liquid from going into the pad. They call it Lifeguard and I am sure the other manufacturers will follow with their own version. The idea behind their new product is to prevent spills and pet incontinence from ever reaching the pad by having a plastic backing that is waterproof. The mills are always trying to make their products better, more environmentally sustainable, and lower VOC.