When selecting a carpet in Frederick County, one must consider many aesthetic and technical issues; with over one hundred thousand styles and colors released by manufacturers every year, selecting the carpet that matches your needs can be a daunting task.
Carpet is available in myriad textures, constructions, colors, and designs, opening the doors to countless interior design possibilities. The combination of color and texture will compliment the decor of both casual and formal environments while bringing continuity to the overall design of the rooms.
The most crucial factor to consider when shopping for a carpet is the amount of foot traffic prevalent in the area where the carpet is to be installed and the area’s intended use. Carpet construction and texture are the key aspects when selecting a carpet for a specified area and use.
Polyester, nylon, and olefin are the most widely used fibers in the manufacture of carpets, each displaying specific inherent characteristics which lend themselves well to distinct applications. Although the most expensive of the fibers, nylon is the softest and most resilient, making it suitable for all rooms in your home, including high-traffic areas.
Polyester is less resilient than nylon but is more cost-effective and offers a higher level of stain resistance, making it an attractive option for areas such as bedrooms and dining rooms that are not subject to high foot traffic.
Olefin fibers are solution dyed, resulting in a highly stain-resistant carpet that can be cleaned using a bleach and water solution without losing color. Unlike the other fibers, olefin is fade, mold, and mildew resistant, resulting in a carpet that performs well in indoor/outdoor areas. Olefin is, however, not very resilient and should only be considered in a Berber construction.
Carpets are available in either a Berber or plush construction. Berber carpets are constructed with a continuous level loop, while a plush carpet is constructed of loops that have been sheered, resulting in the strands standing upright.
Berber carpets do not matt and crush due to their level loop construction; however, they are harder underfoot, uncomfortable to sit or lye on, and can be damaged by pets with long nails. Berbers are well suited to high-traffic areas such as walkways, living rooms, and entrance halls; however, their hard texture makes them less attractive for bedrooms.
Plush carpets are softer to walk on and offer better sound and thermal insulation; however, they tend to matt and crush when subjected to heavy foot traffic. The use of a nylon fiber coupled with a tight low pile construction will limit the matting and crushing due to the resiliency nature of the nylon fiber and the additional support gained from a tight construction.
Carpet warranties range from 5 to 30 years and, as a general rule, do not cover stairs and are not transferable. Most warranties require the installation of new carpet padding at the time of installation for the warranty to be valid.
Following the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions and using only approved cleaning chemicals will ensure that your carpet will perform for years and years.