Column: Carpet options: We’ve got you covered

Carpet options and varieties can change any space in your home. (Submitted photo)

Carpet options and varieties can change any space in your home. (Submitted photo)

For generations, people have enjoyed the soft, warm atmosphere that carpeting creates in their homes. But even the most diligent homeowner can only prolong the life of a carpet for so long. Carpet doesn’t last forever. You’ll know it’s time to invest in a remodel if you start noticing worn patches, snags, wrinkles or matting on your carpet fibers. One, two or any combination of these signs indicates that the carpet and padding are nearing the end of their life and it may be time to investigate some new options.

First, let’s take a minute to go over some carpet vocabulary, just in case you are unfamiliar with carpeting lingo. “Pile” refers to the length and density of the carpet fibers, a construction characteristic that directly affects the carpet’s look, texture and durability.

There are several main types of carpet styles. Plush carpet is probably the most popular style on the home market today. The pile is designed to be flat, which makes the surface of plush carpet feel more cushiony and soft to walk across. There are also textured plush designs, which are more resistant to vacuum marks and footprints. Frieze carpets are made from twisted, textured fibers that are both elegant, durable and an excellent choice for high traffic areas. Berber carpets have seen resurgence in popularity lately due to the carpet’s clean, professional look.

After deciding on the carpet style, you will have to also choose a material. Carpet can be made from a variety of materials, such as wool, nylon, polyester, and polypropylene.

The first step in any flooring decision calls for you to really think about the function of the room. Tailor your choice based on the amount of foot traffic and activity the carpet will be exposed to. The best carpet choice will not only look great, but also will last for years to come.

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