It’s time to learn the most important basics about carpeting
, from the different types available to the materials they are made out of.
What is broadloom carpet?
Broadloom is the traditional wall to wall carpet roll that’s very common in homes. It’s durable, comfortable, and classic.
Rolls offer an easy way to introduce textures, colors, and stylish patterns into any space. Some broadloom carpets come with extra features to make life easier for you, including added padding, stain-resistance, and even waterproof materials.
It’s important to note that rolls can be tricky to install. Because this flooring isn’t always DIY-friendly, professional installation is sometimes recommended, and that can add to your budget.
What are carpet tiles?
As you might guess from the name, carpet tiles come in tile form instead of rolls. They’re stylish, DIY-friendly, and versatile.
Carpet tile sometimes has padding attached, so you don’t need to invest in any extra products to install if you choose a padded tile product. Just peel and stick, glue, tape, or lock your tiles down, depending on the product type and the installation location, and you’re finished. In fact, you can completely carpet a room in only a few hours.
Because carpet squares come in a variety of colors and patterns, you have the opportunity to mix and match and create a completely unique floor for your space. Another advantage is that you can choose the amount of coverage. With tiles, you can have wall to wall carpeting, or install just enough to create an area rug or carpet runner. The choice is yours, and who doesn’t love having choices?
In terms of price, tiles tend to be less expensive per square foot compared to broadloom rolls. That makes it the perfect option if you’re looking for a quick and cheap room makeover.
What is carpet made out of?
Carpets are usually made from one of two popular materials: nylon and polyester. There are several other types as well, but these are the most common options that you’re likely to come across.
Here are your options:
Nylon remains the most popular carpet fiber.
It is durable, static-free, and well-suited for indoor use. However, it does fade in direct sunlight, so it shouldn’t be used outdoors. Often it’s treated with a stain-resistant technology to keep it looking beautiful through all of life’s messes.
Nylon carpets also have a Class 1 fire rating, which means they melt instead of burning. This makes them extra safe. As well as great for installation in commercial spaces
Polyester is mostly made from recycled materials, which is a plus if you want an eco-friendly carpet. This fiber material is rising in popularity and giving nylon a run for its money.
It’s cheaper than nylon, and is just as durable.
It’s extremely fade- and stain-resistant.
Polyester also usually has the widest range of color choices so your floor can be anything from bright pink to a neutral brown.
What carpet texture options are there?
Carpet comes in a variety of textures such as loop, cut, and frieze. These styles refer to how the fibers are arranged to create the feel, look, and texture of the flooring. These textures can also determine how durable a flooring is.
- Loop Fibers: Looped fibers are great for high traffic and commercial areas because they’re more durable. They don’t flatten or wear down easily, making for a clean and simple appearance.
- Cut Fibers: These fibers are cut so the ends are exposed on the surface. They’re smooth to the touch, and great throughout the home, but not as durable as loop fibers.
- Cut and Loop Fibers: This look combines cut and loop fibers to create stylish, modern looks. The varying loop and cut heights add texture.
- Frieze Fibers: This is also known as twisted carpet. The cut fibers are twisted to have a modern, stylish flair and plush feel.
What is carpet face weight?
Face weight refers to a measurement of a carpet’s density. It is the weight (in ounces) of carpet per square yard. The higher the face weight, the more material has been used, and that means a more durable product.
How can you tell the quality of carpet?
To tell the quality of carpet, you need to consider how it is made. Think about the material and face weight. Quality carpet will be made of premium materials, and have a higher face weight.
A good carpet should also have a strong backing to support the floor. Many high-end options also offer features like stain-proof or waterproof treated fibers. Keep these factors in mind as you determine the quality.
What is carpet padding?
Carpet padding is usually a foam underlayment specifically designed for installation under broadloom rolls. Most padding consists of polyurethane foam – the same stuff that’s in furniture, mattresses, and even car seats. This foam offers support, allowing the floor to last longer.
Padding serves a number of uses in your home:
- Comfort: Padding absorbs the impact of your footstep, making it comfortable to walk on. It also helps reduce walking fatigue with its shock-absorbing properties.
- Acoustics: Sound-absorbing materials are a must-have for apartments, condos, and two-level homes. Studies show that using padding significantly increases impact noise ratings and reduces noise.
- Insulation: Padding keeps your energy bill down and your home well insulated. It helps retain some of your home’s heat in the cold, and can also prevent cool air from escaping during the hotter months.
What carpet padding is best?
The right padding depends on the type of carpet you have.
Here are padding recommendations for different carpet types. Discover which option is best for you:
Residential Carpet Padding:
Residential carpets are all about comfort and softness. A thicker carpet pad can enhance your floor and make it feel even cozier. Choose a bonded or frothed foam padding that is 7/16” – ½” thick.
Commercial Carpet Padding:
Commercial carpet installations usually focus on long-term durability. Rubber underlayment is often the best option in this application, because it’s incredibly durable while still adding some softness and impact absorption to the floor.