Carpet comfort level: Different types of carpet for the abode

After you have chosen the carpet material you would like to use, you will need to choose the type of carpeting. A good source to find out about types and kinds of carpet is Mohawk Industries.

The following information and examples can be found on Mohawk’s web site

Textured Cut Pile 

  • Most decoratively versatile cut-pile carpet
  • Textured surface helps hide footprints and vacuum marks
  • Adds casual beauty to any room
  • Looks great between vacuuming
  • Preferred style for busy households
  • A great “whole-house” carpet

Saxony 

  • Refined cut-pile surface
  • Soft texture created by twisting yarns tightly together and straightening with heat
  • Luxuriously smooth, soft finish

    saxony is also known as shag
  • Beautiful with traditional interiors
  • Adds distinctive elegance to any room
  • Ideal for living and dining rooms
  • Shows subtle highlights and accents

Loop-Pile (Berber)  

  • A wool-like look and rugged loop surface
  • Wears well and is suited for casual rooms with lots of traffic and activity
  • Natural, hand-crafted appearance creates a warm, personal atmosphere
  • Tight loop texture helps hide footprints and vacuum marks
  • Subtle patterns fit a variety of room styles
  • Ideal choice for contemporary to country to cottage furnishings

Frieze  

  • The great plush “feel” of thick, cut-pile carpet

    frieze is comforting
  • Beautifully crafted and colored yarns add personality to any room
  • Very versatile decoratively, ideal for casual rooms, kids’ rooms, etc.
  • Subtle color flecks help hide soil that might appear between cleanings

Cut/Loop  

  • Carved definition with cut-and-loop pile
  • Accent colors spice up floor surfaces
  • Multicolor effects hide soil and stains
  • Looks great between vacuuming
  • Choose from soft tonal to bolder color combinations
  • Suited for both formal and contemporary settings

Commercial Loop      

  • Versatile styles blend comfortably with any decor
  • Durable long-wearing surface pile engineered for high traffic areas
  • Intriguing color choices suitable for professional and practical installations
  • Textured surfaces provide subtle highlights

A roll of carpeting normally comes in widths of 12 to 15 feet.

Carpet can also be installed in tile form.

carpet tiles
  • Some of these are very cost effective and are easy to install with a self adhesive back, as with a vinyl floor. This comes in very handy if a tile square is stained or damaged. It can usually easily be swapped for a new tile (so it is a good idea to buy some extra tiles to store away for the future).

A flooring fact for allergy sufferers.Most people believe that hard flooring would be better to help keep allergies in check. In reality dust collects on hard surfaces and gets moved around in the air. Carpeting is actually better for allergy sufferers because the dirt settles and is easily vacuumed up.

carpeting can be exciting in bold patterns

After reading up on tile flooring, wood and laminate flooring, and carpeting, you should now be able to make an informed decision on the type or types of flooring you want and need. Happy shopping. Time to glide onto your new flooring and never be afraid to dance!

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