How to Pick Out Good Carpet

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Picking out good carpet depends on a number of factors. Room size, frequency of traffic and color or style are a few that relate specifically to your home. The carpet itself will also present some factors to consider--pile weight and height, loop, durability, maintenance and padding. You should review many different types of carpet and visit multiple local vendors to learn about carpet prior to selecting one for your home.

  • Review the listed pile weight and height on the carpet information. Weight represents the number of ounces of yarn per square yard in the carpet and height is the length of the yarns.

  • Fold back the carpet sample to review the carpet's density. If you can see the carpet backing in the fold, the yarn density is fairly thin.

  • Run your fingers through the pile. Cut pile is soft and good for low-traffic areas. Looped carpet is more durable, with both ends of the pile attached to the carpet backing.

  • Look at the manufacturer's information on materials used to make the carpet. This can help you determine how much care the carpet needs to remain clean and looking new.

  • Ask to review the padding used underneath the carpet. The padding rests between the carpet and the floor. Weak padding can result in the carpet wearing out sooner than necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to review the warranty information on different types of carpet. Different carpet manufacturers may offer warranties with various features. Never assume that warranties for wear, stains or other issues are the same for all carpet.

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