What to look for when shopping for carpet

Carpets come in many colors, designs, and styles that they work with just about any decor. You'll see a large assortment of various grades and prices when you start shopping but stay focused on your needs and familiarize yourself with some terms. This way, you'll go into the carpet stores, being sure of finding one that looks great and performs well for years to come.

Understand what adds value to carpet

While a heavier carpet might sometimes be more durable, the weight doesn't indicate worth. Don't assume that a rug with a higher weight is better than a lower one but look at the overall picture. Several factors work together in determining quality. Density, how close together the fibers are tufted, is one of the best indicators of quality. You will see a density number on the label with a range of about 3,000 to 5,000; the higher the number, the more durable the product. You can also check it yourself; bend back a sample card and if you see a lot of white space, discuss this with the flooring professional. The twist is another good indicator for a rug with longer fibers. The twist is a one to five rating system, referring to how many times a single fiber is twisted per one inch. The more times it's twisted, the less chance of any unraveling or fraying. A good twist number is five (although the frieze goes to eight); that is also on the label. When comparing, keep in mind that two may look similar, but that doesn't always mean they are. Look at fiber, style, and quality. For instance, nylon is well-known for ultra strength; a higher quality polyester rug could be more durable than a nylon one of lesser grade. Also, look at the warranties; that reflects the manufacturer's confidence in a product.

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Keeping your carpet installation looking great

Don't skimp on padding, as this protects the rug from the bare floor. Instead, ask about the best one for you, and don't just accept whatever is thrown into the bag. Also, protect your investment by having a professional installation, so it's measured correctly, the seams are perfectly aligned, it's adequately stretched, and it's smooth with no wrinkles or rolls.

Choice Floors is your flooring expert, whether you want carpet, hardwood, tile, laminate, area rugs, etc. First, we'll help you choose the best for your needs and style. Then we'll give you a high-quality installation. We also have a rug binding department and provide hardwood refinishing and free carpet flooring estimates. Visit any of our showroom locations in Colorado Springs, CO, Cedar Rapids, IA, Billings, MT, and Jenison, MI.