The most common types of fiber:
Nylon - Very wear resistant and can conceal and resist soils and stains
Olefin - Resists permanent stains, easily cleaned, colorfast, resists static electricity, used indoor and outdoor
Polyester - Luxurious and soft when used in thick, cut-pile textures, has great color clarity and retention and is easily cleaned and resistant to water-soluble stains
Two important terms to consider when determining a carpet’s performance:
Density - The amount of pile yarn in the carpet and closeness of the tufts
Twist - Winding of the yarn around itself. Higher twist provides more durability
High traffic areas: Consider nylon fiber carpet in a Textured Saxony or High Twist Frieze construction. Casual living areas where food and beverage are present: Consider a polyester fiber carpet in any construction available: Food, spills and stains are no match for carpet featuring Resista with advanced stain technology.
To get the most out of any carpet either one of these high-density cushions is recommended: Rebond pad with a height of 7/16″ and a density of 6 to 8 lbs. A 1/4″ rubber pad.
Once you’ve decided which areas in your home you want to carpet, take some measurements of these areas before shopping. Bringing in your own room measurements will enable the sales representative to provide you with a more accurate estimate of cost even before the area has been professionally measured even if somebody else will be installing. The process is not difficult with these four easy-to-follow steps: Sketch out the areas needing new flooring with a pencil. Begin with the largest room showing doorway locations with the relationship between each adjoining room, hall, closet, or stairway also being covered. Starting with the largest room measure the overall room wall-to-wall in each direction, in each area, with a tape measure. Write these numbers on your drawing in feet and inches rounding up when you have fractions of inches. Feet are written as large whole numbers, inches are written next to them smaller and underlined. Mark each room with the color scheme you desire for it.