Quick Checklist for Choosing Carpet

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With today’s advanced flooring technologies, carpet is softer, stronger, and more stain-resistant than ever before. Carpet comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles and is a key design element for your room remodel.

Since carpeting is one of the largest investments you’ll make for your home, doing some basic research, comparing, shopping, and working with one of our reputable sales people, will all help you buy carpeting that fits your needs. It will also give you confidence that you’re getting a quality product for a good price. There are two simple steps to take when purchasing carpet:

#1: Check the fiber

Carpet is made using four main types of fiber: nylon, Triexta, polyester, and wool. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right fiber type for your home and lifestyle will determine the performance you receive from your new carpet.

Nylon 

Nylon outperforms all other fibers in durability, resilience and easy maintenance. This is a good choice if you want your carpet to last a decade or longer, for high-traffic areas, and in homes with kids and pets. Besides stain resistance, there are other reasons why nylon fiber has the largest market share of the man-made fibers. Nylon carpet comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. It is very resilient. This means that when you walk on it, the fibers “bounce back”. Nylon is tough- it wears well. Besides resisting stains, it cleans easily. It has low static levels. You can use it in any type of home and anywhere in the home — low traffic rooms, high traffic areas, budget homes, fancy homes.

Triexta 

Trietxa is a newly classified fiber derived partly from corn sugar. It has excellent, permanent anti-stain properties (nylon must be treated with stain protectors over its life span). It also has good resilience, but it’s too soon to tell whether it will match the durability of nylon in high-traffic areas. Because of its superior stain resistance, this is a good choice if you have young kids or pets. It is available in a huge range of colors and styles. And it is as resilient as nylon fiber while generally lower priced.

Polyester 

Polyester (or PET) has a great “green” story. Most of the polyester used in carpets is made from recycled bottles. In fact, billions of bottles each year are diverted from landfills, melted, and turned into carpet fiber! Polyester is stain resistant, very soft and luxurious underfoot, and is available in deep and vibrant colors. However it’s harder to clean, tends to shed and isn’t as durable as nylon. It’s best used in low-traffic areas (like bedrooms) and in households without kids or pets. A nice, cushy choice if you like to exercise on the carpet. Polyester carpet fiber has a few drawbacks. It does not have the same resilience as nylon. Once badly crushed, it will not “bounce back” like nylon.

Wool

Wool, used in rugs for centuries, is the only natural fiber used in wall-to-wall carpeting today. It is the fiber to which all the others are compared. Wool is soft and luxurious, it wears and cleans well, and its fiber structure hides dirt. It also comes in a wide variety of styles and colors and is hypo-allergenic. Wool is scarce and therefore can be expensive. It is common to see wool blended with other fibers, such as nylon or acrylic, so that you still get the characteristics of a wool carpet with a lower cost. Unfortunately, though it can cost more, wool stains easily. It also must be made in heavier weights as compared to the synthetic fibers to wear equally as well.

#2: Check the style

Level Loop

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Loop carpet consists of yarns that are looped and uncut on the carpet surface. The pile height can vary from low, tightly constructed to a more luxurious high-level pile. Loop carpet has strength and inherent soil-hiding capabilities. Its shadings also resist traffic patterns, while making colors appear rich. This carpet type is ideal for heavy traffic areas.

Pattern

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A combination of high cut tufts and lower loops create a variety of sculpted patterns. Patterned carpet is often tough and durable, offering good performance in areas that see a lot of activity. Patterned carpet also adds a dimension of texture within a room and hides traffic patterns.

Frieze

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Friezes are often called ‘Twists’ and include Shags and Cables; which are extreme versions of a Frieze. Highly twisted yarns give frieze carpets a contemporary look and make them a smart choice for any active part of your home. Best of all, they’re less likely to show vacuum marks or footprints than other cut pile styles

Plush

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Plush carpet is sometimes called velvet because of the velvet or velour appearance usually obtained by using high-density construction. This type of carpet provides a more formal appearance than other cut pile constructions. A plush carpet has a dense, deep pile. They are subject to revealing vacuum cleaner sweeper marks and footprints due to light reflection. Delustred (non-shiny) yarns may reduce this shade variation.

Texture

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Textured cut piles also may be called “trackless” or “foot-print free”. These names describe the tendency of this construction to show fewer footprints and sweeper marks than other cut pile constructions. These constructions are obtained by a kinked or curled yarn. This curling of the fiber reduces light reflectance, thus reducing the appearance of footprints.

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Best Floor for Pets

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When building a new home or remodeling an existing home, flooring choices are everything. With pets present, this becomes even more important, because pets are just as hard, if not harder, than people on flooring surfaces. What are the best flooring choices for pets in the home?

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is a popular flooring option for families with pets. Luxury vinyl and vinyl sheet are highly durable, long-lasting, and resistant to moisture, scratches, and dents. They are also easy to maintain. And here’s another benefit of vinyl: it softens the sound of your pet’s nails when they walk across the floor.

Earthscapes

The unique construction of Earthscapes™ Vinyl Flooring provides a comfortable and long-lasting choice for carefree everyday living. With beautiful designs and textures that so closely mimic hardwood, tile, and stone, we promise you’ll be tempted to reach out and feel these floors.

LVT/LVP

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The breakthrough new flooring – giving you waterproof protection, tough as nails durability and high-end, handcrafted designer looks. Backed with a warranty that includes LIFETIME coverage for wear, fade, stain, gauges, dents, water and more – Invincible™ H2O™ Luxury Vinyl offers the ultimate peace of mind. Carpet One Floor & Home’s premier luxury vinyl tile collection, Invincible™ LVT features cutting edge technology to give you a floor that is so realistic, yet is super tough and virtually care-free. This means no expensive or time-consuming maintenance for you!

Laminate

Laminate for LIFE

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Laminate is an excellent choice if you have a pet who has the run of the house. The easiest care, lowest maintenance flooring available – you get the luxurious great look of authentic hardwood or tile but you also get to keep your life easy – with the maintenance or hassle of the real thing. Not only will you have a beautiful floor – but you’ll you more time to enjoy it. Why spend another minute on tedious maintenance?

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring and pets aren’t typically a marriage made in flooring heaven. If your pet creates any spills or puddles on your hardwood floor, you have to mop them up immediately because the boards can stain and warp from moisture. Pet nails and toys can also wreak havoc on a hardwood floor.

Invincible Hardwood Collection

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Utilizing the most advanced milling and finishing techniques, the Invincible™ Hardwood Collection brings authentic distinction of hardwood flooring to your home in a product designed to withstand years of use. Intensity Surface Shield™ is engineered with multiple layers of aluminum oxide infused with nano-particles offering the strongest resistance to scratches, scuffs, and wear.

Carpet

When it comes to pets, carpet is likely the worst flooring choice one can make, simply because it is easily damaged by pets. Even normal wear and tear on carpet in a pet-free home happens faster than with other flooring options. If carpet is the only choice because it is the most cost-effective option for home flooring, the best thing to do is choose a carpet without loops as pet nails can snag on the loops and cause the carpet to wear faster.

Relax It’s…Lees

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Lees® is the toughest carpet, offering both stain resistance and style. It repels spills to make cleanup quick and easy. So it stands up to everyday life – the parties, spills, messes, even new puppies – while ensuring a beautiful-looking carpet for years to come. Only Lees® combines the product performance technologies, after-sale assurance and historical track record that allow you to relax know that you’ve made the best purchase for you and your family.

Bigelow Stainmaster

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One of America’s premier carpet brands, Bigelow Stainmaster offers the assurance of Bigelow’s long-standing reputation for quality and Stainmaster’s trusted stain-protection technology. Together, this carpet provides you with the best possible choices for your home.

Tigressa H2O

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From kids to pets, life can be tough on your floors. Tigressá® H2O™ is the revolutionary new carpet offering waterproof construction, that prevents liquids from soaking into the carpet padding and subfloor. Perfect for young, active families, Tigressá® H2O™ carpet is exceptionally durable and easy to clean.

Smart Strand Forever Clean by Mohawk

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The most durable, easiest-to-clean carpet on the planet just got better. SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet now features All Pet Protection and Warranty, the only pet-friendly carpet protection system that covers all pets, all accidents, all the time. Now SmartStrand is an even smarter choice for pets and pet owners.

  • 0% moisture absorption to reduce pet odors in the carpet fiber
  • Nanoloc™ spill and soil shield for quick and easy cleanup
  • 3X easier to clean dirt, hair, and pet dander
  • Lifetime, built-in stain protection

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While budget and ease of installation will be factors impacting the flooring decisions of a home, taking the time to consider the best flooring options for pets beforehand may save money in repairs and frustration in the long run. Cutting corners on flooring to save money is not a good choice if the flooring needs to be replaced in a few months or even a year due to the wear and tear from the pets.