ALL ABOUT CARPET
What is Carpet
At its core, carpet is a soft flooring made from densely packed rows of twisted yarn.
Let’s Talk Fibers
Carpet yarn can be made from several different kinds of fibers. While most carpets nowadays are made from synthetic fibers, some are still made from natural fibers, like wool. Below are the five most common types of carpet fibers.
WoolA natural fiber taken from sheep’s’ coats, wool was the first-ever fiber used to make carpet Though wool carpets clean and age well, they’re more expensive than today’s synthetic fibers, leading to a decline in the use of wool carpeting.
PolyesterPolyester is a common fiber used for carpet due to its color clarity and density. In addition to this, another perk of polyester carpeting is that it has excellent resistance to both staining and fading.
NylonThe most durable synthetic fiber on the market today, nylon is also the most commonly used fiber for carpeting. Nylon rose in popularity due to its durability and the fact that it retains its like-new appearance for longer than many other carpet fibers, ultimately giving consumers more bang for their buck.
PolypropylenePolypropylene, sometimes also referred to as Olefin, is a synthetic fiber that is the second-most commonly used fiber on the market right now (after nylon). Like Polyester, the fiber is naturally stain- and fade-resistant.
TrextaTrexta is a polymer that was originally classified as a polyester. In its early days, Triexta was produced solely by DuPont under the Sorona™ brand name. It offers superior stain resistance alongside its durability. It is also a more environmentally friendly fiber than traditional polyester because it is made using corn glucose, a rapidly renewable resource.
Getting the most out of your floors is important. That’s why it’s crucial to turn to brands you know you can trust to meet (and exceed) your carpeting needs. When selecting your new carpets, keep your lifestyle in mind. For busy households, consider a SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet made to repel dirt, spills, stains and dander before they reach the carpet fibers, and maintain that like-new appearance longer than nylon carpets.
Bob’s is proud to be very selective in all our carpet providers, offering only the highest-quality options from the world’s most respected distributors.
Different Styles of Carpet
The Three Main Categories
Loop pile carpet is low-profile, revealing no exposed yarn tips. This style of carpet allows for better wear in busy spaces, making loop pile carpet the ideal choice for commercial use as well as high-traffic areas in the home.
Cut pile carpets are soft and cushiony, making them perfect for spaces like bedrooms and nurseries in the home. They feature fibers that are cut, rather than looped, at a specific length.
LCL (or cut-and-loop) carpet uses cut and uncut yarn to create more depth in a carpet’s appearance. The combination of the two types of yarn also helps to disguise both wear and dirt, making LCL carpet another great choice for heavy-use spaces.
Why Choose Carpet?
When it comes to flooring your home, there is an overwhelming amount of options to choose from. There’s carpet, hardwood, tile, vinyl, and laminate (just to name a few). So, how can you know which surface is right for you?
Ultimately, choosing carpet means making an investment in the kind of lifestyle you want – without breaking the bank. Carpet allows you to merge affordability with style and comfort with eco-friendliness for a best-of-both worlds lifestyle that’s hard to beat.
CostCarpet is one of the most affordable flooring solutions, starting at lower prices than almost all other materials except for sheet vinyl. The cost of materials, installation, and maintenance can cost up to half the price of hardwood floors, giving you more bang for your buck.
ComfortWalking on hard surfaces, such as hardwood or tile, can cause pain and discomfort on the heels and balls of your feet, leading to more serious medical problems later in life. A carpeted floor provides a soft cushion for your feet that absorbs the shock of each step and reduces stress on your joints. You can choose between the different pile cuts of carpet and padding to get just the right amount of comfort for your lifestyle. *Buyers Tip: if comfort and durability are your top two priorities when considering what carpet to buy, a Frieze style carpet is the perfect fit for you.
Eco-FriendlyThere is a wide range of carpets made from sustainable resources sold at competitive prices. When shopping for carpets, look for options that are made from natural fibers, like wool, with little or no chemical treatment. Consider flooring your home with a DuPont Sorona™ carpet because it is made from the environmentally friendly polyester fiber triexta. *Buyers Tip: When choosing padding for under your carpet look for 100% recycled cotton padding instead of traditional padding that contain plastics made from petroleum and other unrenewable resources.
StyleWhether your home has more of a mid-century modern or a rustic farmhouse vibe, there is a carpet color to match your personal style. You have thousands of options to choose from. Whether your ideal carpet has solid colors, patterns or intricate design, there’s a perfect carpet style waiting to take your home’s decor to the next level.
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