Not all carpet is equal. Some kinds work better with your budget, others with your desired aesthetic. No matter the occasion, it always helps to know what’s out there. But, when it comes to flooring DIY’s, you’d better be informed. Once a carpet goes in, you’ll have to pay through the nose to replace it. So, if you don’t want to get stuck with the wrong carpet, read this helpful guide to help you find the right one. 1. The Style The two most popular styles of carpet construction are based on the way individual fibers are attached to the carpet’s backing. One is called Loop pile, which basically means the fibers are folded into tiny loops. The good thing about this design is that it’s very durable. In other words, you can walk and spill wine on it to your heart’s content, because it doesn’t age fast or stain easily. - The Loop Pile can either be leveled or multi-leveled, based on how high you’d like the folds to rise. If you’re going for a high-traffic carpet, shorter loops will be better because they don’t crush as easily. The other style is called a Cut pile. This means that the yarn tips are cut rather than folded, leaving no loops and a denser, softer feel. If you’re going for comfort and softness, this is your best bet. Though, beware of the different kinds of cut pile: - Plush: a clean and smooth texture that goes well in a formal setting - Saxony: the fibers are longer and slightly twisted for more of a cloudy, meshed feel. - Textured: these are cut unevenly to give something of a pattern texture that’s sturdy and durable. - Frieze: called shag carpet usually, these really long fibers are nice but do not do well in high-traffic areas. - Cable: these fibers are especially thick and fluffy

  1. The Fiber Regardless of how the fiber is styled, what it’s made of can also have a huge impact.

- Nylon: by far the most popular option because of its durability, though it’s not good with stains. - Wool: the most expensive option because it’s natural, durable and stain-resistant - Acrylic: kind of an off-brand equivalent to wool that’s less expensive, though harder to come by. - Olefin: great resistance to moisture, mold and other environmental hazards which makes it ideal for basements.

  1. The Judgement More often than not, carpets are priced for their individual qualities. There’s really no kind of universal benchmark. Another big indicator of price is the weight and density of the carpet. The denser the carpet, the more fibers there are. Naturally, more density equals better carpet. You can easily test this by running your fingers along the carpet. If you feel the backing, then it’s not very dense. For these reasons, it’s important to go with what you want and not what the salesman tells you. If you want a soft carpet for your private bedroom, go for a Saxony cut pile or a multi-leveled loop pile. If you want something for your living room, go with a loop pile made of nylon for a mix of both durability and softness. Author’s Short bio:

My Name is Creswell Rozario owner and founder of Floor Hut Inc. which I opened in 2010. I got my start in the flooring business through a family member in 1995. As a GM of a larger retail chain I gained the knowledge and experience of the flooring industry. Floor Hut's focus has been to provide both residential and commercial clients with top products, professional service and quality installation.

Crown Trim

A crown trim finishes the area where the wall touches the ceiling. Crown trims are usually some form of a square (as the wall is). This design is very common and has roots back to ancient Greece. They can, though, add a modern touch to the inside of your home. You'll see this kind of trim in bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms.

Mid-Wall Trim

Mid-wall trims are not as common as other types of trim, but they can still add pizazz to a room. This trend has a couple of different names, one being "wainscoting" and the other one is "chair rail trimming." This can be a very stylish trend, especially if you incorporate geometric shapes such as hexagons or octagons.

Door Trim

There are two types of door trims: a true door trim, which is a trim that borders around a door, and a doorway trim, a trim which borders around an entryway. Door trims bring character to a room. You'll see door trims on patio doors, shower doors, or garage doors. Doorway trims can be either wide or narrow. When doorway trims are wide, they offer a full preview into the next room, which exposes the layout and gives an illusion of wide, open space.

Floor Trim

You'll find a floor trim where the bottom of the wall meets the floor.Many homes have this detail without giving it any thought. However, just because a room already has one, does not mean you can’t update it. Floor trims stand out when they have painted an accent color, or when they come up higher off the floor. Consult your carpenter to consider different looks that might work for your room. You can have trim consistent throughout the whole home, or choose rooms in which you'd like to add the floor trim to.

Window Trim

Window trims call attention to large windows inside or outside the home. Window trims are not limited to square windows. They can be flattering for Palladian windows, which are half circle windows placed high above doors and on top of square windows. You can choose window trims that are even on all sides or, you can choose trims that are wider at the top or bottom. Some window trims are thick, almost like window sills, while others are thin and neutral-looking.The size of your window trim will depend on your preference and how much room you have around the window. Consult your carpenter for ideas. You can find curtains to match your trims to add extra details.

Trims can take a home from simple to high-end rather easily. What type of trims will you add? The choice is yours.

Author’s short bio: Jason Coke’s extensive 10 year experience in the housing industry, brings a unique vision to the painting industry on how deliver products and services to customers. Mr. Coke’s experience is diverse and includes collaboration with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth Area’s top interior designers and decorators. He also has been involved in construction of homes with one of the nation’s largest home builders. Here at NorTex Painting & Gutters we are passionate about colors, design, service, and people. Our customers trust us to come into their homes and provide not only the services they request, but also expertise and reliable products. We take this opportunity to serve you seriously and value your business.