Style or Durability: Which Carpet is Right for You?

a woman feeling the texture of a carpet

We all know that carpets bring a distinct aesthetic and advantage when placed in a room. Not only does it make the space look beautiful, but it also has the ability to make the room look bigger than it actually is. When it comes to choosing the right carpet for a given space, however, you have to consider the primary function of that room. Is the room intended for big gatherings like the living room? Or maybe the space is meant to give you comfort like the bedroom? The reason behind this deliberation is for you to be able to get the best out of the carpet's functionality.

Keeping the carpet’s charm and form can be tricky; having it cleaned and maintained are some of the ways to to prolong its lifespan, but sometimes choosing the right carpet can save you from having to constantly take care of it.

For example; it is true that carpets with elaborate designs do grab the eye's attention, but if its material is quite brittle, then the carpet will be easily destroyed from overuse. However, if the carpet’s material is strong but the design is bland, then it does not give the room any justice and may even make the room dull.

Deciding whether to choose style over durability should not be a complicated matter; in order simplify the decision, you should know how to look for the durability and the style of a certain carpet.

Different Types of Carpet Fibers

Not all fibers have the same features; if you want to get a carpet that works best in high traffic areas or is resistant to stains, then choosing the right type will be a major factor in your decision.

  • Wool – Most eco-friendly, yet the most expensive material. It is very durable and soft to the soles, making it a comfortable experience to walk on.
  • Nylon – According to industry experts, nylon is the most durable out of all the fibers; making it an excellent choice for high traffic areas. However, this material is prone to acquiring stains and must be treated with stain protectors.
  • Triexta – This variety is new to the fiber material game. It is naturally stain resistant, but must be treated with stain protectors over time.
  • Polyester – It is not as durable as nylon, but it is stain resistant and it comes in various styles. It is a better alternative for nylon if you are in a budget. However, polyester tends to shed and it is harder to clean.
  • Solution Dyed Polyester – Because of the way it is constructed, you have very limited color selections with this material. However, this material has the best value in the market and it is almost stain proof, bleach resistant, UV resistant, eco-friendly, and can be placed anywhere in your home.
  • Olefin – Olefin is the basic type of carbon fiber that is inexpensive, strong, and resistant to fading. It is not as durable as nylon however, it is resistant to stains, static, and mildew.
  • Acrylic – It is not the most popular fiber; however, it looks and feels like wool-based carpets, while providing you a cheaper alternative for wool. It does not conduct static electricity and it is resistant to mold and mildew.

How to Check the Durability

To be able to test the carpet’s durability, you have to check the following components:

  1. Thickness and Density
  2. The Material of the Fiber
  3. Construction of the Carpet

Different Kinds of Styles

Now, if you are the type of homeowner that loves seeing all the elements of a room coming together, then maybe choosing the styled carpet is your best option.

  • Saxony – Also called velvet or plush, this style is perfect for formal dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms. It is a cut pile carpet wherein two or more piles of yarn have been twisted and heat-set, giving each tuft a distinguishable surface. This style is also known to show footprints and vacuum marks. It is not the ideal choice for high traffic areas.
  • Textured – This style has more than one color of yarn and varies in tuft height. Because of this, textured carpets are able to conceal dirt and control the visibility of footprints and vacuum marks. It is best used in formal or casual spaces and it is popular among active households.
  • Frieze – It has the same ability to hide footprints and vacuum marks, but unlike the textured style, frieze carpets are extremely durable.
  • Sculptured – Made with looped and non-looped tufts, this carpet is economical, durable, and also has the ability to hide dirt, as well. However, because of its design, its seams are more visible.
  • Looped or Berber – Though typically harder to clean, looped carpets are visually elegant. This works better in low traffic areas.

Although some carpets are more durable than the others, it still does not mean that they are immune to damages and stains. If you are living in the surrounding areas of North Carolina, and are in need of carpet cleaning or rug repair, then contact Pettyjohn’s Carpet Cleaning & Restoration Services at: 919-289-8424 today! Our services include:

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