What are the Different Types of Carpet?

Carpet flooring is a warm and wonderful option for your home or business, but the wide variety of choices can be overwhelming. Let us help you with your selection with this informative guide to beautiful and functional carpet flooring options and the array of colors, patterns, textures and materials you can choose from. You can also contact us for additional questions and information.

Carpet comes in three main pile types:  loop pile, cut pile, and combination pile. Each type has unique features you should consider.

Cut pile carpet is made of yarn cut along the ends, and is the most common type used in homes. Cut pile carpet has five styles to choose from.

Loop pile carpet may be a better option if you have heavy foot traffic in your home or business. There are two styles of loop pile: Level loop carpet has yarn loops of consistent height which give the carpet a smooth, even look. Multi-loop pile has different loop heights which give it a pattern effect.

Combination pile carpet is a great option because it incorporates the best features from both cut and loop pile to give it a unique style all its own. As with the other pile types, combination pile also has several styles to choose from: Random shear style uses cut and uncut loops of varying heights which gives it a luxurious texture. Tip shear carpet is very similar to random shear except that it has a less noticeable height difference and texture. 


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Types of Carpet Fibers

Types of fibers used in carpets includenylon, polyester, triexta, olefin/polypropylene, and wool. 

Nylon Carpet

Nylon is a common and popular fiber for carpets because of its durability. The benefits of nylon include top quality performance and long lasting looks. One drawback is that nylon needs to be treated post production for stain resistance.  

Polyester Carpet

Polyester is less expensive than nylon but features some of the same durability. Polyester is now made to be long lasting and feature some of the same stain resistance as nylon.

Olefin/Polypropylene Carpet

Olefin/polypropylene fibers make for amazing patterned carpets. These carpets should be installed in low traffic arrears around your home, such as formal living rooms and formal dining rooms. 

Wool Carpet

Wool is a natural, eco-friendly, sustainable carpet fiber. Wool is the most popular natural fiber found in carpets because of its amazing durability as well as softness and comfort. Other benefits of wool include it being hypoallergenic as well as helping to regulate temperature in your home. 

Triexta Carpet

Triexta is inherently stain resistant, and unlike nylon fibers it does not need to be treated to be stain resistant. Many homeowners are choosing this fiber over others because of its durability and its built-in resistance to staining.

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