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Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Deciding to install new carpet can alter the entire look and
feel of your home. It is an investment that will most likely be with
you for years to come. For this reason, it is important to consider
the defining aspects of carpet before purchasing. Aspects include
what the carpet is made from, what will affect its life service, and
additional features which add to its comfort and longevity.
Carpet consists of soft synthetic or natural fibers held together
with a latex adhesive and attached to a mesh backing and carpet
cushion. Several different fibers are used including polyester,
wool, acrylic, olefin, and nylon. Nylon offers the best in
durability, and resistance to color fading, stains and soils.
Two-thirds of today's carpet uses nylon.
Carpet is made with a mechanical "looper" that catches the fiber and
creates loops. This is referred to as a "loop-pile" carpet. To make
a "cut-pile" carpet, blades are used to cut off the loops. “Cut
pile” carpets can e divided into three textures which include plush,
Saxony, and frieze. A "cut-and-loop" carpet has a combination of
both whole and cut loops. Each one of these techniques offers its
own unique texture, appeal, and feel.
Aside from the pile, carpet is also judged by its density. A carpets
density refers to the size of the yarn and the closeness of fibers.
The denser the carpet is the more durable and long lasting the
carpet will be. A dense carpet will provide a resilient underfoot
and it will resist wear and matting. Of course this will be a
reflection of cost as well.
The cost of carpet will vary depending on what brand is being used,
the level of density, the pile cut, and any stains and water
resistance features. Also, additional costs will be added for
installation and padding. Generally, carpet will range anywhere from
$8 per square foot and higher, depending on additionally features.