Types of Carpet

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Types of Carpet

You are in a carpet store, browsing the various colors and styles. Which one looks best in your home? But is that the right way to buy carpeting? If you wish to carpet a room with much traffic, try Cut pile. Examples of Cut pile are Saxony, which is smooth or curly tipped, similar to Frieze. Frieze fibers are also twisted. An advantage of using these textures allows for minimal vacuum tracks or footprints. 

Alpine Carpet One Floor & Home is your local carpet retailer. We have a wide selection of carpets to fit your lifestyle and your design plan for your home. If you want to find the perfect carpet, we will use the exclusive Select-A-Floor™ system to help. This system helps us identify the carpet that matches exactly what you’re looking for. Our professionals can give you advice on the different carpet types and what would work best in your home. Every carpet is made up of fibers that are either natural or synthetic. How these fibers look and function vary based on the material. We want you to know that choosing a carpet is more than just selecting a color or pattern you like, getting the most out of your purchase means investing in a carpet that will function with you and your family.


Types of Pile Styles

Another carpet flooring that stands up to heavy traffic is Cut and Loop carpets. They are excellent for living, family or rec rooms. They also come in patterned designs. Loop pile tends to be more durable than Cut pile.  Level Loop pile has pile cut to one height. Multi-Loop pile demonstrates more texture. 

Loop pile tends to spread when placed on stairs. Take into consideration a family with young children or pets. In these cases, avoid Shag which has a deep pile. Although plush looking and very tempting to purchase, they are hard to clean. Shag carpets are also prone to pooling. This is the appearance of darkened areas due to a disturbance in the direction of the pile due to footprints and vacuuming. If one wishes to purchase a very high quality carpet, consider Velvet. Velvet can last a very long time. 

Although very beautiful, Cable pile may not be the best in heavy traffic areas. The pile is easily crushed. Random Shear, also known as Tip Shear mixes cut and uncut tips. These types of fibers are fine for formal and informal rooms. 

For more information on the different types of carpet to consider for your home, visit Alpine Carpet One Floor & Home today in South Lake Tahoe, CA! Our dedicated and professional staff is excited to work with you. 

Types of Carpet Fibers

The different fibers are nylon, polyester, triexta, olefin/polypropylene, and wool.

Nylon is arguably the most popular carpet fiber out there today. Nylon is known for its high performance and can be treated to make it fade and stain resistant.

Polyester is more affordable than nylon and growing in popularity. While it is not as high quality as nylon, technology is improving its quality while keepingit budget-friendly.

Triexta is naturally stain resistant and unlike nylon does not have to be treated. This fiber has not been around as long, so there is not enough evidence to suggest that it is better than nylon.

Olefin/Polypropylene is a synthetic fiber that is ideal for patterned carpets. This fiber is best for low traffic areas like bedrooms or living rooms.

Wool is a natural fiber and is known for being eco-friendly. Wool is a sustainable fiber that is praised for being naturally hypoallergenic.


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