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How to Select Carpeting for Your Home Remodeling Project

When you have spent a considerable amount of money remodeling a portion of your home, it’s tempting to skimp when it comes to carpeting. Don’t give in to that notion. After all, you want quality kitchen, bathroom or general renovation work, so why would you consider anything less for what will go under your feet? Here are some tips and tricks for finding quality carpeting that will fit your needs and your price range.

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Carpet Fibers

Nylon is the most durable, resilient and the easiest fiber to maintain. It’s a good choice for high-traffic areas and for homes with kids and pets. Higher quality nylon fibers will be “branded” with the manufacturer’s name.

Polyester is stain resistant, soft underfoot and available in a variety of bright colors. However, it’s hard to clean, tends to shed and isn’t as durable as nylon.

Olefin (polypropylene) is an attractive, inexpensive fiber that’s strong and resists fading. It’s often made into a looped Berber with a nubby weave that conceals dirt and is ideal for high—traffic areas such as family and play rooms.

Triexta is a new fiber derived partly from corn suger.it exhibits excellent anti-stain properties and has good resilience, but because it is new, the jury is out on its durability. It is also a good choice for homes with young children and pets.

Common Carpet Styles

Saxony, or plush, is a cut pile that works well in formal dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms. It’s not a good choice for high-traffic areas.

Frieze is another cut pile style where the yarn has a twisted appearance that offers a more casual, yet elegant look

Shag has the same construction style as frieze and is making a comeback. It’s soft and durable but can be difficult to clean when stained.

Berber is a durable loop style carpet that is popular for high traffic areas and family rooms, however it’s not as soft as cut loop carpets.

Patterned carpets are created by combined looped and cut loop styles, giving your home a unique appearance. The pattern, however, can wear out quickly in high-traffic areas.

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Signs of a Quality Carpet

Bend the sample backward. If you can see the backing easily, it’s a lower quality carpet that will crush more easily. Look for carpeting with a face weight of at least 34 to 40 ounces, which is the number of ounces of fiber per square yard. You’ll also want a tuft twist of 5 or higher, which results in durability. Make sure the carpeting has a density rating of 2,000 or more.

Select a Good Pad

The right pad will extend the life of your carpeting, while the wrong one will cut carpet life in half. A good-quality pad will be 3/8 to ½-inch thick and have w eight rating of at least 6 lbs. Some carpet manufacturers will require a specific pad to maintain the warranty. Check the warranty before buying padding.

Rosseland Remodeling has reliable carpeting suppliers. Call Chris at 847-791-5886 or more information.

By Chris Rosseland|2018-10-25T15:20:23+00:00October 10th, 2018|Basement Remodeling, Remodeling Advice|0 Comments

About the Author: Chris Rosseland

Chris has been remodeling and building in the Chicago area for over 30 years. He has the experience and knowledge to guarantee a successful home remodeling or building project.