Finding the best carpet for your home or business can be a time consuming process. When choosing the perfect carpet, you can quickly learn that you have hundreds, if not thousands, of choices. In our carpet details section, you'll find a lot of helpful information that you can use to pick, pay for, and install your new carpet.
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If you are new to carpeting, shopping for it can often times be a confusing undertaking. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing your carpet. Here is a list of a couple items that you should look out for when pricing or choosing they specific carpet you want.
- Verify how the vendor is pricing. Is the price a la carte, meaning everything is separate, or does everything come included? Is the price given final?
- Keep in mind that there may be waste involved. Ask your carpet dealer what percentage of waste they figure into their final price. A good starting point is 10%. See our flooring calculator for more details.
- Remember that there are many different types of carpeting and many different styles. Make sure to choose one that fits your needs. You may not need Scotchgard protection in every room.
- Find the right vendor to fit your needs! After all, it is your carpeting.
You've chosen your carpet and now you are ready for installation. What are the correct steps and what should you consider when planning? Are you planning on doing the installation yourself or are you going to have a professional do the work? Below are a couple of tips to help you plan your carpet installation.
- Most installers are happy to dispose of the old carpet but make sure that removal and disposal of old carpet is included in the installation fee.
- A lot of times, the installers will move any heavy furniture they need to install the carpet. Before they do, try to remove anything that can be broken like mirrors or pictures. Also unplug any electrical items in the room.
- Before installation day, it’s important to ask your carpet retailer or installer about specific installation guidelines or advice they have. Following their advice can save both you and the installers time.
- Vacuum newly installed carpet to remove loose fibers and normal shedding.
Carpets generally only come in 3 different types (cut pile, loop pile and cut & loop pile), but can come in many different styles. Choosing the best style for your project depends on your preference and the needs of the project. Do you like plush carpet or would you prefer something more brisk? Use our style guide here to learn more about the most popular styles of carpet that we carry. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Textured is similar to Saxony without the complete even look. Textured is twisted different than Saxony and steamed to create a curled appearance. The curled look helps to reduce the appearance of foot traffic.
Often referred to as plush carpeting. Saxony can be best identified as the carpet with an even appearance from wall to wall. This carpet is best used for low traffic areas and tends to wear quicker than other styles of carpet.
Very useful for high traffic areas. Each strand of carpet is tightly twisted separately to create the textured look. By twisting each strand, the carpet lies on itself helping to hide footprints and traffic lines.
This style of carpet is made up of thicker, longer strands of yarn. Cable tends to have a more dense look than other carpets. This type of carpet is perfect for bedrooms and is better suited for low traffic areas.
A very durable style that works well in high traffic areas. Each loop of carpet helps create texture. This type of carpet usually comes in a solid color which may make the seams more visible than with other carpets.
A very fashionable carpet with a distinct look. This type of carpet can come in many patterns with different colors. It usually stands up to traffic well. The patterns help to hide stains. Perfect for traditional rooms.
In total, there are really only 3 main carpet types that each carpet can be classified as. The type of carpet has a lot to do with the way it is made, and whether or not it is cut in some way after it was manufactured. Below are the 3 basic carpet types.
- 1) Cut Pile - This type of carpet makes up the largest portion of residential carpets. Cut pile is made when the loops that result from weaving the carpet are cut to be the same height. The carpets weaves are allowed to slightly tuft, giving the carpet a dense, soft appearance.
- 2) Loop Pile - When carpet is weaved, loops are formed by the fibers. This type of carpet is formed by leaving the loops uncut. This type of carpet is common in commercial settings and can be used to give a textured appearance.
- 3) Cut & Loop - A combination of the cut and loop carpet types. Using the combination of the two types can create interesting patterns by using the different textures. This type of carpet is great for high traffic areas or areas that have a lot of wear and tear.
At Hawkeye Carpet, we are always willing to help you find the right carpet and the right amount you need for your project. If you are interested in having us come give you a professional measurement, please use the button below and fill out our quick measurement request form.Request a Measurement
Carpet fibers help create the look and feel of a carpet. Carpet fibers also factor into a carpet's pattern, the texture, and how well a carpet holds up. Here are the most popular carpet fibers we work with.
- 1) Nylon - Nylon is a petroleum-based synthetic fabric. Nylon fibers are built to be more durable, resist abrasive wear damage and offer almost lifetime stain resistance. Nylon can be more expensive than other fibers but makes up for it in lifetime and stain prevention.
- 2) Polypropylene (Olefin) - Polypropylene is not as durable as nylong or wool, but it prevents moisture damage, is stain resistant, and is low in static. This type of fiber is best used in places with a greater chance of getting wet such as a basement or in an informal place like a child's bedroom.
- 3) Polyester (P.E.T.) - An environmentally friendly alternative to wool. Polyester is inexpensive is moisture and stain resistant. Polyester carpets are stronger than polypropylene carpets and offer strong retention of color over their lifetime and are soft as soft as other carpet fibers.
- 4) Wool (Natural Fiber) - One of the most expensive fibers, wool is considered by many to be the very best carpet material available. Wool is all-natural, durable, soft, water resistant, flame retardant and tough. Wool is also one of the most stain resistant fibers available today.
- 5) Recycled Fibers - Petroleum-based fibers are slow to decay in landfills and is a leading reason carpet manufacturers have began recycling carpets to reuse their fibers. Recycled materials offer the same benefits as other materials including softness and durability.