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Choosing the Right Carpet Type for You

You may be surprised to learn that there are different types of carpet, other than different colours and patterns. If you are searching for a carpet to upgrade the flooring in your building, it would be a good idea to consider the different styles of carpet to determine which one is the right one for your project.

In this blog, we will cover everything that you need to know about the range of carpet types, and how to choose the right carpet type for you.

Types of Carpet for your Needs

The type of carpet that is the best for you depends on your needs and circumstances, but it is still worth looking into the differing carpet types to learn about their properties and benefits. So, let’s get into it.

Carpet Grade

Firstly, it is important to mention that carpets are sometimes graded by manufacturers. However, there is no universal system when it comes to carpet grading. Nonetheless, if you notice a carpet type being referred to as ‘low grade’, ‘medium grade’ or ‘high grade’ they often mean low quality, medium quality, and high quality respectively.

How carpets are graded may depend on the manufacturer, but factors such as fibres, weight, pile height, pile density, and carpet backing can all affect the quality of the carpet. Carpets that fare well in high-traffic areas are often considered higher-grade and higher-quality carpets.

Carpet Pile

Carpet piles determine the carpet texture and look as this is the part that you feel when walking on the carpet. There are three main types of piles:

  • Cut pile – Fibres are cut at a certain height, making them plush – but, can require more maintenance.
  • Loop pile – Uncut fibres that are looped together (level loops or multi-level loops). More durable than cut pile but less soft; best for heavy foot traffic areas.
  • Cut-loop pile – A combination of both cut and loop piles. Good for high-traffic areas and customisable appearance and texture.

Carpet Backing

The backing or the underside of a carpet secures the tufts, providing additional stability and strength. Most carpets have double backing, and this is something you should consider before purchasing a carpet.

Carpet Fibres

Carpets can be made from various materials, but these materials can be split into two distinct categories: natural and synthetic.

The following are the most common types of natural and synthetic carpet fibres:

  • Wool – Natural fibre and durable, but can easily be stained and retains moisture.
  • Cotton – Natural fibre and strong if spun tightly, but has the same disadvantages as wool.
  • Jute – Natural fibre but restricted to interior spaces, and less plush than wool.
  • Sisal – Similar to jute, but more appropriate for high-traffic areas.
  • Polyester – Synthetic fibre and moisture-repellant, but tends to fade colour over time, and furniture can make indentations easily.
  • Nylon – Synthetic fibre that is stain-resistant if properly maintained. It is the most popular option for synthetic carpet fibres as it is durable, pet-friendly, and ideal for heavy traffic spaces.
  • Acrylic – Shares qualities with wool and nylon but is less durable. It can mimic the softness of wool yet retains less moisture.
  • Olefin – Also known as polypropylene, this synthetic fibre is similar to nylon and acrylic but may retain more moisture; a more affordable option than nylon.

For more information or assistance to help you find the best carpet to fit your needs, get in touch with The Flooring Group today.