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.