Carpet flooring can instantly make a living room, bedroom, or den feel more warm and inviting, and it’s a great choice for the often chilly Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas. Carpet also helps conserve warmth in the winter. It’s far more comfortable on bare feet than options like tile in the coldest months of the year. Carpet comes in a wide selection of fibers, patterns, textures and styles. Among the advantages of carpet is its easy installation. As long as there is no flooring that needs to be removed first, carpet can be installed in your home very quickly, saving you the inconvenience of having to deal with a long and tedious carpet installation process.
Picking the right style of carpet for each area of your home is important. You want to pick one that gives the room the look you want, but that is also comfortable and durable. The answer to this dilemma will be different for every room where you want to install carpet. Floor Coverings International of Vancouver and Portland will be able to show you a variety of styles, so that you can pick one or more to suit your needs.
Types of Carpeting
Are you looking for a soft and luxurious feel underfoot? Saxony or cut pile could be a good bet. In cut pile carpets, the loops have been cut to create fibers that stand straight up. The result is a plush look and feel. In Saxony carpets, two or more fibers are twisted together and cut, which gives a soft texture. Footprints and vacuum marks can be quite visible on Saxony carpets, so, keep that in mind if this is a style that you are thinking about for your home. They are best for low traffic rooms such as formal dining rooms, living rooms or master bedrooms.
Plush carpeting is another style for formal areas. The carpet is soft and thick, with exceptionally even fibers. It’s also known as velvet carpet, because of its velvety appearance. It comes in low, medium and high pile cuts. The high pile has the thickest plush look, but you will have an easier time maintaining medium or low pile carpet.
Another option to consider if the area you are carpeting is a busy room in your house is textured Saxony. These carpets have twisted fibers that are set using heat. They are usually multi-color, which helps to hide dirt and stains. It’s a good choice for flooring in family rooms, dens, children’s bedrooms and other casual areas of your home.
Another option to consider for a family room or child’s room, especially if your kids play in that room frequently, is Berber carpet. In Berber, the fiber’s loops are uncut. Generally, the yarn used for this style is thicker than others, which makes it very durable. One caveat about this style is that the small loops can sometimes trap dirt inside. Many families opt to install carpet in bedrooms and family rooms where kids commonly play and run around. Children practically never get hurt from falling in a carpeted room. Hardwood and laminate flooring may be nice to look at, but there’s nothing more practical than carpet when you have children.
When considering carpeting, Floor Coverings International of Vancouver and Portland will help you make the right decision for you, your family, and your home. We offer free in-home consultations and have a wide array of carpet styles. Contact us when you’re ready to begin your project – we’re here to help!
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