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What are Some of the Most Popular Carpet Types

When preparing for a new carpet installation, it is beneficial to know the most popular carpet types, their properties and the benefits they add to your home or office.   Installing new carpet brings comfort and warmth to your home, and is an investment you want to last.  Knowing the properties of various types of carpeting will help you make the right decision for your needs.

 

Plush Carpet

 

Plush carpet is a popular carpet type in many homes and apartments, although with a smooth even pile it lays very flat revealing footprints rather easily compared to other types of carpet.  

Plush carpeting is desirable in many settings and is available in almost any color imaginable.  Plush nylon carpet is a type that wears well and cleans easily.  

 

Textured Plush

 

Textured plush is a popular carpet type that contains varying tuft height, making the footprints and high traffic areas less visible.  Many colors are available, with a similar price range as the an even pile type of carpet.  This is quite durable and easy to clean especially when stain resistant treatment is applied.

 

Sculptured (High/Low)

 

This popular type of carpet has cut tufts and a looped manicured appearance.  This is typically a high cut and a low-cut pile in multi colors that does a good job of hiding dirt and footprints.

 

Frieze

 

Frieze is one of the most popular carpet types with tight tufts that are twisted, rather than straight like the plush style.  With this type of carpet, the fibers appear crooked or wiggly, which gives it a very desirable look for many homeowners.  This carpet type is good in heavy traffic areas, giving great resistance to wear and tear from vacuuming and footprints.  This carpet type is durable, yet elegant for formal areas of the home.

 

Saxony Carpet Type

 

Saxony is a refined cut-pile of carpet that is close to a plush type, but appears a bit bolder with a velvety feel ideal for refined formal environments.   

 

Cut and Loop

 

This popular carpet type combines cut and loop pile, creating a multitude of patterns and designs.

 

Loop Pile Carpet Type

 

A loop pile is a Berber type of carpeting, the smaller flatter loop provides a very durable texture, giving long lasting performance with low visible wear and tear and footprints in high traffic areas.

 

Get the Best Value for the Price for Carpet Installation

If you’re searching for the best price for carpet installation, you need to call Great Western Flooring Company, the industry leader in beautiful flooring installed professionally, at the best available price.  

There are things you can do to try to save yourself some money with a new carpet installation, such as clearing the room of furniture, removing your old carpeting or even preparing your subfloor.  You may want to talk with the professionals before doing these things, however, as it might be extra work on your part when you could have the heavy lifting done professionally at a very fair and affordable price.  

If you move your furniture out of the room ahead of time, be very careful with lifting of heavy items such as dressers and beds without asking for assistance.  An injury is not worth moving things by yourself.  

Removing Old Carpet

Removing your old carpeting should be done in a particular fashion for ease of removal with the least amount of contaminants exposed into the air.  If you vacuum your old carpeting prior to removal, it will help to cut down on the amount of dust and air contaminants released into the air you breathe.  

If attempting to tear out your old carpeting, following a few simple tips can make it more manageable.  Removing old carpeting is easier if you cut it into strips, or sections that you can handle.  You’ll need a utility knife with a new sharp blade (be careful not to cut yourself!), and then begin to cut the carpet and the pad in manageable sections about four-foot wide, then roll them up for easy removal.  

Great Western Flooring is experienced at removing old carpet and padding and will dispose of your old carpeting following our green policy and recycling all material.  

Preparing Sub-Floor

Preparing your subfloor includes cleaning, removing any lingering staples, and ensuring that it’s level.  This can also be performed by an experienced carpet installation company, ensuring a nice finish with the result that you are looking for.

While it might be tempting to do some things yourself, and there are things that must be prepared ahead of time, consult with a professional carpet installation company to get the best price for carpet installation, including all preparation, leveling and installing.  

Great Western Flooring Company is a professional flooring and carpet installation company, incorporating our green philosophy into every process and everything we do.  We remove your old carpet and pad and recycle all materials to save energy and conserve our natural resources.  We take pride in using the latest in technology to contribute to a cleaner environment, preserving valuable energy sources.  

Great Western Flooring Company has been providing friendly, professional service for over 35 years, meeting and exceeding our customer expectations.  We offer proven solutions to install beautiful flooring in challenging architectural designs, commercial and residential settings.  Contact us today or stop by our showroom to see a gallery of our exceptional flooring options, giving you the best price for carpet installations.  

Know Your Options with Carpet Textures

 

With the vast many choices of carpet textures and fibers available today, you should know your options and the various properties to be satisfied with your carpet installation.   Carpeting can be made from either synthetic or natural sources, each with various characteristics and benefits.

Speaking with an experienced flooring and carpet company about your environment, and the main advantages desired from your new carpet will provide the greatest benefit to you.  

Texture can be referred to as Loop Pile, Cut Pile, or a combined sculpted Loop, with Cut Pile being the most common carpet texture for residential carpet installations with a very versatile and durable construction.   Various textures and plush carpeting are used throughout residential and commercial settings providing casual comfort, and long lasting durability.

 

Styles of Carpet

 

Plush or Texture Carpet

 

Texture and Plush carpeting is comforting and casual, providing great style and versatility in many residential settings.  

 

Frieze Carpet Texture

 

Frieze carpet is a newer style, which is in the family of the shag, with twisted fibers but toned down, providing resistance to foot print wear and tear, and holds up well between vacuum cleanings.   

 

Sculpted, Patterned and Level-Cut Loop Carpet Texture

 

This type of carpet texture is a combination of cut-pile and loop-pile, forming a unique design.  This sculpted texture is becoming popular with patterns and designs ranging from a traditional floral look to contemporary styles.  This style wears better than a Loop-pile with a lower loop construction.  

 

Loop-Pile Carpet Texture

 

A Loop-pile construction can create varying textures by varying the size of the loop, they can wear well with a compact, tight design.   This texture can be casual, with some designs popular in a formal environment.  A Berber style of carpet is a loop style with colored flecks throughout.  

 

Saxony Carpet Texture

 

The Saxony carpet style is ideal in formal dining room and living room settings providing a very luxurious look.  This refined cut-pile carpet texture gives a velvety feel to refined environments.  

 

Great Western Flooring Company is the flooring and carpet experts, serving the Chicagoland area for over 35 years.  We offer exceptional flooring and carpet installation options, bringing years of experience to assist you with luxurious designs.  Contact us today to see why we are the number one choice for quality flooring and carpet texture choices with friendly and professional installation.  

Solutions for Various Carpet Types and Prices

chicago_carpet_07When shopping for carpeting, the numerous carpet types and prices can seem overwhelming.  You may not have realized the number of choices available, from various fibers and pile, and with a wide fluctuation of pricing.  

 

It is worth your time to evaluate your desired application for your new carpet installation, and think about properties that are necessary.  For example, if you need to replace carpeting on a stairway, you’ll want something that is durable and strong that will not lose shape or fade with direct friction applied on each step.  Nylon is a good choice for versatility, while providing strength.  Wool and cotton wear easily and are not ideal for high traffic areas.

 

Polyester and Polypropylene are also fibers used in carpeting and can have many benefits.  Polypropylene, also known as Olefin, is gaining more awareness as an alternative choice, providing general purpose at a bargain price.  Be sure to talk with your carpeting expert to ensure that your choice of fiber will withstand your purpose.

 

Along with the variations in carpet types, there are also variations in the carpet price.  Olefin has been a choice for a very inexpensive quick upgrade, where it will not be exposed to super high traffic areas and can sometimes be purchased as inexpensively as under $2 per square foot.  

 

Nylon is a type of carpet that is more middle of the road with pricing, but it provides excellent performance with resistance to soils, stains and fading. This type of carpet is a little more than the Olefin at around $3-5/ square foot, but with so many variations in types of nylon fiber this price can vary.  Either way it is a common choice for many home and business owners today as a good value for the money.

 

Be sure to contact the experts at Great Western Flooring Co., serving the Chicagoland area with three locations and design centers.  We offer over 25 years of professional carpet and floor installations, providing the best value for residential and commercial customers.  Our professional installation includes floor preparation, removal and recycling of old materials, and intricate design work when needed for detailed geometric areas.  

 

We offer the best value for purchase and installation of all carpet types and price range.  

 

Why Wool Berber Carpet for My Home?

chicago_carpet_05For a thousand years and more, the natural fiber of wool has been used to create handcrafted Berber carpets of unsurpassed beauty. It is a credit to the durability of this natural fiber that many of these carpets still exist.

These days, the manufacturing of wool Berber carpet has been automated to a tremendous degree, but it is still as aesthetically pleasing as ever and even more durable. Here are a few of the more pertinent facts to know about it:

It is still all natural – There are dozens of synthetic variations of carpet available. Still, wool carpeting is the choice of those homeowners who prefer an all-natural, hypo-allergenic, environmentally friendly and extremely comfortable fabric for covering their floors. In addition, wool carpeting repels moisture quite well thus making it both mold and mildew resistant.

It is incredibly durable – While wool is very soft underfoot, this comfort belies the fact that it is also extremely durable. After all, if you think about it, wool actually does a pretty good job of protecting sheep from the weather and other environmental factors. No wonder it lasts so long while protected within a home or office space. Wool also repels common dirt particles and is easy to clean – another reason for its durability.

It can be truly affordable – With the proper care, wool carpet will last for years – keeping its luxurious look even under the rigors of the heaviest foot traffic. If a homeowner considers the long term, this means less replacement costs and a better overall return on investment. In short, it pays to invest in wool carpeting for your home.

The best way to understand the benefits of wool Berber carpet is to experience it. For more information on it and to experience it first-hand, please contact us at Great Western Flooring. We can be found online at www.greatwesternflooring.com or reached directly at 630-357-3331.

A Quick Reference Guide to the Various Types of Carpet

Unknown-1-150x150When deciding upon the best wall-to-wall carpeting for your home, there are a number of materials to consider. Each has its benefits and disadvantages. Here is a quick rundown on the most common types and some suggestions for purchasing the best one for both your aesthetic tastes and your functional needs:

Wool Wool was one of the original floor carpets and is still widely used in homes today. Although a little pricey, it does afford an exceptional feel under your feet, cleans up well and is naturally fire-retardant. In addition, wool is an all natural material that is hypo-allergenic and environmentally friendly.

NylonSince nylon is one of the hardest of all synthetic fibers, it is exceptionally resilient and durable. In fact, a nylon carpet will usually last longer than one made from any other type of fiber – natural or synthetic – under similar circumstances. While nylon is easy to clean, unfortunately it also stains quite easily and should be chemically treated for stain resistance before installation.

OlefinMore technically known as polypropylene, this synthetic fiber is renowned for its colorfastness, stain resistance and affordability. It is extremely resistant to exposure to sunlight, water and harsh chemicals making it ideal for indoor/outdoor applications such as spas, pool houses and basements.

PolyesterThis fiber is certainly the most affordable from a short-term perspective and is quite comfortable to walk on. Unfortunately, these benefits are negated to some extent by the inability of polyester carpeting to withstand any significant amount of wear and tear. It is best used in low traffic areas such as extra bedrooms.

These are just four of the more generic terms for carpeting available to the 21st century homeowner. There are literally thousands of other carpet types. For more information on them and on choosing the right type of carpet for your home, please contact us at Great Western Flooring. We can be found online at www.greatwesternflooring.com or reached directly a t630-357-3331.



Retail Carpet Stores – They are More than Mere Showcases

stanton-gentry-nylon-carpetFor the past few years, the Internet has relegated retail carpet stores to the back of the bin, so to speak. These days, however, they are no longer just showcases for the hundreds of types of carpet available. Instead, they provide a wealth of information about carpeting that cannot really be found on the Internet. Here are just a few reasons why you should visit a retail carpet store before making any carpet flooring decision:

The Carpet

When decorating your home, there are literally thousands of different carpets to choose from. Each has its distinct benefits and disadvantages. Without a little advice from an experienced professional, the average homeowner could get to feeling a little overwhelmed, but not at Great Western Flooring. Once you inform our knowledgeable in-house staff about your needs and your budget, they will expertly guide you through the process.

The Padding

Rarely seen, but integral to the proper functioning and durability of a new carpet, is the padding that is installed underneath it. The right padding not only adds a more comfortable feel to the carpet, but also protects it from moisture, adds sound insulation and increases its useful life. With padding, it may seem that more is better but this is not the case. Each type of carpet has an ideal padding counterpart and the staff at a retail carpet store can advise you on exactly which one you should use.

The Installation

There are a dozen different places where a carpet installation can go awry. If it is installed too tightly, “peaking” may occur at the seams. Similarly, a carpet that is stretched too far may “seam” and leave obvious signs of where the different carpet pieces meet. The superior retail carpet store will either supply its own installation crew and guarantee their work, or point you in the right direction to a reputable installation company.

For more information on finding the best carpeting solution for your home or office, please consult our in-store experts online at www.greatwesternflooring.com or reach us directly at 630-357-3331.