Owing to its versatility and the numerous carpet styles that can be used, carpeting is usually one of the first choices when it comes to installing a floor covering in homes or office areas. Before making your final selection, here is some handy information pertaining to the various carpet styles, types and colors that are widely available these days.
Where will your new carpet be installed?
Before rushing out and choosing the first available carpet that looks attractive, you will need to know in which part of your home or office it will be installed in. This will determine whether you need a carpet that is able to withstand high levels of foot traffic or not. If your carpet is being installed in a formal lounge, dining room or little-used office boardroom, you will not need a high traffic carpet. However, if the carpeting is going to be installed in children’s bedrooms, office reception areas, hallways or dens, you will want to select carpet styles that do not show footprints or indentations, are not light-colored and that will be able to stand the test of time against general wear and tear.
Most Commonly Available Carpet Styles
These include multilevel loop, standard level loop, Berber, Saxony, Frieze, cut loop, random shear and velvet/plush. Loop designs are usually recommended for high traffic areas such as stairways, hallways or reception areas, as they can withstand a fair amount of wear and tear. Berber carpeting is an excellent option for ultra-high traffic areas, as it is manufactured from durable yarn and therefore its design does not show tracks from vacuuming or footprints. Shear, Saxony and frieze carpet styles are also great for not showing footprints, while plush/ velvet carpet is normally only recommended for formal areas, due to its fragility and the fact that it may be susceptible to shedding.
Knowing which Colors to Select
If the room where the carpet is being installed experiences high traffic levels, you will want to select multi-colored, patterned or somewhat darker carpet styles, as these are great for minimizing the appearance of dirt, dust and lint. However, if you are installing carpeting in rooms that will not be seeing much use, you can safely select lighter or even medium colors. Patterned or multi-colored carpets are also a great choice for children’s bedrooms or play areas, as they are not only great at disguising dirt; the right color combination also has the ability to brighten up a room considerably. Light-colored carpets can make a room appear larger; however, they will show up a lot more dirt.
What Are Carpets Manufactured From?
These days, carpets are manufactured from various materials, including wool, polypropylene, polyester (PET), cotton, acrylic fibers and nylon. Nylon, polyester (PET) and polypropylene carpet fibers stand head and shoulders above the rest, as these are known to withstand high levels of traffic while also boasting superior stain-resistance when properly treated. Wool is also an excellent choice when purchasing carpeting, as it is also extremely durable. However, wool carpeting will probably be the most expensive carpet purchase you will ever make. Acrylic and cotton-based carpets are not nearly as durable as the rest, which is why these are very rarely sold these days.
Determining which Carpeting Shape will be Most Suitable
The most commonly available carpeting shapes include standard rolls of carpet and carpet tiles. Although these are both common carpet styles, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Carpet squares are normally far more affordable and can be installed quicker than rolls of carpet. If a section becomes worn or damaged, it is possible to replace just one or two tiles. However, they are usually not nearly as durable as the rolls in most cases. Carpet rolls provide a seamless end result, which means that this type of carpeting looks far more stylish and professional. However, if damage occurs to a section of this carpeting, you may end up having to replace all of it.
Caring for your new Carpeting
The best way to ensure longevity of any carpet styles is to ensure that they are kept clean by means of vacuuming them at least twice a week. If the new carpeting in your home is light-colored, you may want to encourage a ‘no shoes’ policy when walking around the house, as this will go a long way in reducing wear and tear and helping keep it clean as well. If spills occur, it is recommended that they be attended to immediately, as failure to do so could result in staining. 3M Scotch Guarding treatments are recommended when installing carpets, as this also prevents stains and dirt from being ingrained into the fibers.
Spending as much as you can comfortably afford to when selecting carpet styles for your home or office will ensure that you are able to get many years’ use from your new installation.