Carpet Buying Guide

12 August 2019

Helpful Tips and Hints

Looking for the best carpet? Because of factors like budget and taste, the best carpet for your neighbour might not be the best carpet for you. So, how can you decide which carpet will suit you? Start by considering these points.

FIBRES

Many home renovators dream of a bottomless bank account. The reality is most home renovators do have to consider their budget. Carpet is a more affordable flooring option but the price can still vary. The cost of your carpet will depend on which carpet fibre you choose. Check out the features of each carpet below.

Polypropylene

  • Synthetic
  • Most affordable
  • Colour-fast
  • Resists most stains
  • Water-resistant
  • Limited colour range

Polyester

  • Synthetic
  • Affordable
  • Soft
  • Lustrous appearance
  • Rich colour
  • Water and stain-resistant

Nylon

  • Synthetic
  • Stain-resistant
  • Durable
  • Wide colour range

Solution Dyed Nylon

  • Synthetic
  • Increased stain-resistance
  • Increased colour-fastness
  • Long-term durability

Triexta

  • Synthetic
  • Soft
  • Matte appearance
  • Highly stain-resistant
  • Partially made from corn

Wool

  • Natural
  • Luxurious
  • Soft
  • Insulating
  • Biodegradable

STYLES

The look of your carpet will differ based on the construction method used. 

Cut Pile

Cut pile carpets are created by cutting the yarn loops to create a  soft, upright pile. You can vary the pile length and twist level create a variety of styles, including:

Plush

  • Lightly-twisted yarn
  • Smooth surface
  • Formal look
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Low-traffic areas
  • Suits formal spaces (living and dining rooms, guest rooms)

Twist

  • Pile twists in different directions
  • Random texture
  • Casual style
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Durable
  • Hides tracking
  • Suits the whole home

Frieze

  • Longer pile
  • Textured finish
  • “Shaggy” look 
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Durable
  • Hides tracking
  • Suits high traffic areas
  • Suits informal spaces (bedrooms, family rooms)

Loop Pile

This style is constructed by threading the fibres through the carpet backing to form a series of loops. The following are some styles of loop pile carpets:

Level loop pile

  • Tightly-threaded loops
  • Uniform surface
  • Durable
  • Suits high traffic areas (hallways)

Multi-level loop pile

  • Varying lengths of loops
  • Textured surface
  • Durable 
  • Distinct shapes and patterns
  • Hides dirt

Berber

  • Short loops
  • Rugged surface
  • Flecked appearance
  • Durable
  • Hides dirt and marks
  • Suits high-traffic areas

Cut & Loop Pile

Combining cutting and looping methods creates interesting sculpted patterns and effects. Installing this style of carpet adds a point of difference to your interiors.

Level cut and loop pile

  • Lineal patterns
  • Soft underfoot feel
  • Stylish
  • Hides dirt and footprints
  • Suits kids’ bedrooms or playrooms

Textured cut and loop pile

  • Uneven surface
  • Artistic patterns
  • Illusion of depth
  • Hides marks and dirt

GRADES

Carpets are often graded against their best form of application, so if you have a really specific need for acoustic, fire or traffic rating ask one of our experienced flooring consultants to advise which type of carpet is suitable. Often, the best result for your requirements, is not most expensive option. Listed below is a brief description of the various strengths of carpet available.

Not all carpet is manufactured for the same purpose and there is a lot to consider when choosing; Andersens can advise you on the right choice for your living space. Depending on your lifestyle or need, there exists a range of grades:

Medium Duty:
Medium to Low traffic flow, best for bedrooms and spare rooms

Heavy Duty:
Heavy traffic flow, best for hallways and busy living areas. Also, good for families 2/3 kids or more

Extra Heavy Duty:
A lot of traffic flow, great for hallways and busy living areas. Also, suitable for commercial offices/shops.

CARPETS BY ROOM

Bedroom: Carpet is an amazing choice for bedrooms. Soft underfoot and warm during the colder months, carpet will not only look amazing but will also make your bedroom feel cosier. 

Bathroom: Carpets might not be the best choice for your bathroom. Please speak with our sales consultant for advice on the best products for this area. 

Kitchen: Much like Bathrooms, kitchens aren’t the best place for carpet. With spillage, high amounts of water, chemicals etc. it might be a better option to look into tiles or vinyl.

Living:  Carpet is a great choice for living areas however, a durable and easy to clean fibre should be chosen to help make sure your brand-new carpet doesn’t soil or stain.

Hallway: Very similar to the Living room, the hallway or entry way is a great place to get resilient and easy to clean carpeting. Not only does it look great but it also provides comfort and can be easier to maintain then hardwoods.

Commercial Spaces: Carpet is a great choice for a commercial space.With a durable fibre and natural colour’s you can do amazing things for your commercial space.

Still need more help with choosing? Our friendly flooring experts at Andersens will be happy to help. Visit a showroom near you.

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