Tips For Choosing The Right Carpet

From durability, color and softness of carpeting to maintenance and pattern scale, there are hundreds of options for choosing carpeting for your building.  Here are several tips to help you choose the right carpet for your home or business.

 

1 Shag Carpet

The term “shag” refers to carpeting the has very deep piling. Think shaggy dog, the hair on a shaggy dog is very log. It is the same principle here, the carpet has a shaggy appearance to it. Shag was originally on available in earthy tones. Some of the colors that were popular were harvest gold, avocado green and burnt brown and burnt orange. It was very popular in the 1970’s and made a come back in the early 2000’s. Shag is once again popular, but here are some areas of your home that shag will not work well.

  1. The dining room (food is very difficult to clean from shag).
  2. Entryways (dirt will collect very easily and it harder to clean).

Shag is great for these areas:

  1. Bedrooms
  2. Guest rooms
  3. Playrooms
  4. Lounge room

Shag’s thick texture makes it a great option for homes with kids and pets. If you are going to install shag wall-to-wall in your home, make sure you have a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner that can pull dirt and hair from the thick fibers. Shag carpeting tends to shed a lot during the first months and clog most vacuums.

 

2 Solid Cut Pile Carpeting

This is one of the most popular types of carpeting that builders and contractors use for wall-to-wall carpeting in new homes. The term “cut-pile” refers to the carpet’s flat look which is a result of the looped fibers being cut to the same height. This creates a flat surface underfoot. This type of carpeting is also soft to the touch and makes it very attractive for families with children and pets. The pile in this type of carpet is very dense which also gives it a cushiony feel which helps your pets to not get their paws caught in the carpet.

 

3 Cut and Loop Carpeting

This type of carpet is almost as popular as the solid cut pile carpeting. If you are looking for a carpet that has a subtle pattern this might be the right type of carpeting for your home. Cut and loop carpet gets it sculptural look through a variety of levels of sheared top loops and uncut low loops. Often this type of pattern looks like it has been directly cut into it. This slight color variation and cut pattern look helps to hide the everyday wear and tear on carpet fibers. Cut and loop carpeting is much softer than your standard cut pile carpet, but it comes with a cost. They don’t stand up to the wear and tear of everyday foot traffic that well. This type of carpeting is also not ideal for a homeowner that has pets. They paws tend to get caught in the mesh.

 

4 Modular Tile Carpeting

When it comes to buying carpeting that will stand the test of time, modular tile carpeting will do just that. This type of carpeting is available in hundreds of colors and patterns and is great for areas of your home. Should one of your tiles get a stain or soiled from heavy foot traffic, no problem. Just take it up, rinse it in the sink, let it dry completely and then replace it back to its spot. While this type of carpeting is super easy to care for and lasts a long time, the tiles don’t offer much cushion underfoot. These carpet tiles are great for kids play areas or high traffic areas in your home.

 

5 Hemp Carpeting

These natural fiber carpets are great for giving your home a casual coastal look and feel. They are favorites among people that are “green” and are more environmentally friendly. They feel good under your feet, but are not good for small children and pets. Don’t use this type of carpeting for wall-to-wall, just use them as an area rug in the hallway or landings.