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By: Floortrends  09-12-2011
Keywords: Carpet

Buying new carpet is a huge investment! Deciding what style and colour is best for you can be mindboggling. So consider these key questions when looking through the different styles.

1. How's the room being used?
Will the kids and pets be playing in this room?

2. Your floor is like a 5th wall, so you need to consider colour.
You will want to make sure your floor matches the rest of your decor.
Bring in paint chip samples, swatches of fabric from furniture, drapes, or blinds.

3. What's the carpet made of?
Carpets made with nylon fibres are the most resilient. Often times they will stand up best to a lot of wear and tear. Also the nylon fibres will repel more stains and messes.
Carpets made of polyester are also stain resistant. The main advantage of a polyester carpet is they come in a wide variety of colours.

4. What style of carpet do you want?
Level loop pile: Loops of equal height. Generally offers long lasting wear for high traffic areas. Many of today's popular berbers are level loop.
Multilevel loop pile: Usually have two to three different loop heights to create pattern effects. Provides good durability.
Cut Pile: Loops are cut, leaving individual yarn tufts. Still one of today's most popular constructions, it's durability is achieved with factors including the type of fibre, density of tufts, and the amount of twist in the yarn.
Cut and loop pile: Combination of cut and looped yarns. Provides variety of surfaces and textures, including sculptured effects.
Frieze: The yarns in this style are tightly twisted to create a curly, textured appearance. This style also minimizes the appearance of footprints and vacuum marks and is extremely durable.
Saxonies: Various surface finishes; versatile performance and appearance.

Keywords: Carpet

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