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Carpet

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There is a wide range of choices and costs from which to make your selection. So, within the limitations of your budget, don’t skimp on quality and have to replace what you purchased because it didn’t perform well. Remember, there are ways to save money and ways to save money by spending it wisely. Buy the best carpet you can afford for the heavy traffic areas of your home – hall, stairs, family rooms. A medium grade will provide good service in rooms with less traffic – bedrooms and guest rooms.

Color

Color and texture are very personal preferences that will influence the appearance and “mood” created in your home. In most cases, carpet represents a major expanse of color which will accentuate your decorating schemes and also influence spatial realtionships in your rooms.

Here are a few tips to help guide you through your color choice:
Warm colors are friendly and cheery. They will make larger rooms more intimate and cozy. Darker rooms can be brightened with warmer, lighter tones. Light colors show fewer footprints. Cool tones are quiet and restful.
They will make small rooms looklarger. Bright rooms can be “cooled off” by selecting cooler carper colors. Dark colors show less stains and soil
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Orange,Yellow,Red,Brown Green,Blue

 

Performance

Quality:

The type of fiber used and the way the carpet is constructed (loop, cut, etc.) determines the basic performance of the carpet. Quality can be enhanced by the way the yarns are twisted and heat set, and by the density of the tufts.

Heat-setting:

The process that sets the twist by heat and/or steam, enables yarns to hold their twist over time. Important in cut pile carpet. Most nylon, olefin, and polyester cut pile carpets are heat-set.

Carpet Cushion:

A firm and resilient carpet cushion is necessary to form a good foundation for your carpet, increasing its comfort and extending its life, by absorbing the impact of foot-traffic. Cushion also adds insulation and reduces noise.

Twist:

The winding of the yarn around itself. Should be neat and well-defined. A tighter twist provides enhanced durability.

Density:

Refers to the amount of face yarn in the carpet and the closeness of the tufts. The denser, the better.

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Fiber Content

Nylon:

Represents two-thirds of all pile fibers used in the United States. Wear-resistant, resilient, withstands the weight and movement of furniture, and provides brilliant color. Ability to conceal and resist soils and stains. Generally good for all traffic areas.

Olefin (polyproylene):

Strong, resists wear and permanent stains, and is easily cleaned. Notably colorfast because color is added in the fiber production. Resists static electricity and is often used in both indoor and outdoor installations because of its resistance to moisture and mildew. Used in synthetic turf for sports surfaces, and in the home for patios and game rooms. Many Berbers are made of olefin.

Polyester:

Noted for luxurious, soft “hand” when used in thick, cut pile textures. Has excellent color clarity and retention. Easily cleaned, and resistant to water-soluble stains.

Construction

Level Loop Pile:

Loops of equal height. Generally offers long-lasting wear for high-traffic areas. Many of today’s popular Berbers are level loop.

Cut Pile:

Loops are cut, leaving individual yarn tufts. Still one of today’s most popular constructions, its durability is achieved with factors including the type of fiber, density of tufts, and the amount of twist in the yarn

Cut and Loop Pile:

Combination of cut and looped yarns. Provides variety of surface textures, including sculptured effects.

Multi-Level Loop Pile:

Usually has two to three different loop heights to create pattern effects. Provides good durability.