Match Your Carpet Pile to Your Carpet Purpose

The type of carpet pile refers to the carpet fiber density, and goes along with the height of the pile.  This is measured from the surface of the carpet to the backing, where a flat pile refers to a short pile, and shaggy carpet would have a long pile.   Depending on the purpose of the carpeted room, and exposure to elements, high traffic areas and how long you want your carpet to last, the right pile can go a long way in the proper setting.   Conversely, the wrong choice in pile can lead to a much quicker wear and tear and the need to replace your carpet sooner than you would like.

Loop Pile

Loop Pile carpet has dense looped strands for a clean, low profile look.  This type of carpet construction is also quite durable, making it ideal for areas of high activity.  Looped pile carpet comes in various styles, including Berber, level loop, and multi-level loop for a variety of textures and options.  The loops in Berber carpet are made of thick bulky yarns of either wool, nylon or polypropylene, and can be either level loop, or multi-level loop.

Level Loop Pile

Level loop carpet pile is very durable and resistant to tracking as they are made with weaving even loops into the carpet backing.  Level loop pile carpet is densely packed making it easy to clean, and ideal for high traffic areas.

Multi-Level Loop Pile

Pile that is multi-level loop, is a loop with two to three varying heights in the pile, giving a textured look.  The variation in pile can provide a durable appearance, but the loops may be easy to snag.

Cut Pile

Cut Pile is like a loop pile, except the loops are cut at the top of the loop leaving the yarn bundles standing straight.  This is a very popular carpet pile, but is less resistant to crushing that the loop pile.  There are many variations of cut pile, including Saxony, Frieze and Twist.

Let the carpet professionals at Great Western Flooring help you determine the best types of carpet pile for your needs.  We have over 35 years of experience pleasing customers in Chicago and surrounding areas with high quality and low-cost flooring and countertops.  Contact us today for a free no-obligation quotation or stop by one of our showrooms to see how we can help you with your carpet new carpet installation.  

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How to Pick the Perfect Carpeting for a Home or Office

Carpeting is one of the largest investments you will make in your home or office, providing comfort and increasing your home’s value.  With so many choices in different carpet fibers and padding, how do you know where to begin?  The following are some basic tips in choosing the perfect carpeting for your home or office, providing the most benefits for your investment.  

Work with a Reputable Retailer

For confidence in the quality of the carpeting you purchase, work with a reputable retailer to know for certain that the carpeting you purchase is truly what it is claimed to be.  A salesman from a budget store may try to convince you that their carpeting is just as good or maybe even the exact same thing, but the only way to know for sure is to work with a reputable carpet and flooring retailer.

Low budget carpeting may appear to look just as good, but if the carpet is not manufactured with high quality methods it could quickly fall apart, thus wasting all your effort and money.  For something as important as the comfort and value of your home, don’t risk being taken by a smooth-talking salesman, work with reputable retailers like Great Western Flooring.

For over 35 years Great Western Flooring has been adding comfort and value to homes and businesses with high quality, long lasting, beautiful and elegant carpeting and padding installed by experienced and professional carpet installers, at the most affordable price.  

Know Your Specifications

To get the most value from your investment, you’ll want to know the specifications that you desire.  Is it for a room or hallway with high traffic?  You’ll want a strong fiber for a high traffic area to retain its resiliency.  If the room will be exposed to intense direct sunlight you’ll want a fiber that can withstand UV exposure and retain its durability.

If you have young children or pets you may prefer a carpeting like Shaw’s LifeGuard® carpet that will repel water protecting the carpet fibers and the floor beneath it.   

Shaw has thousands of color and style combinations for any room design, no matter the size or décor.  Great Western Flooring is a proud retailer of Shaw quality carpeting and flooring, offering you an endless array of choices with textures, carpet fiber types and colors.  

Let Great Western Flooring show you how easy it is to pick the perfect carpeting for your room, assuring your specifications are met, for total satisfaction and ultimate comfort.  Add value to your home and get a quick return on your investment with comfort and style.  

Contact Great Western Flooring today or stop by one of our convenient locations in Naperville, Oswego, or St. Charles.  We have been providing comfort and value to homes and businesses for over 35 years with experienced and professional carpeting and flooring installations.  Contact us today for a free estimate, and to speak with one of our knowledgeable design specialists.  

Review Types of Carpet Fibers for the Perfect Selection

Reviewing the available types of carpet fibers for your carpet installation will pay big benefits in your satisfaction with your new carpet install.  Choosing the correct type of carpet for your environment is important to enjoy all of the advantages that specific types of carpet fibers have to offer.   Before you invest in your new carpet installation, let’s review the different types of carpet fibers and the characteristics of each.  

Different Types of Carpet Fibers:

Nylon

Nylon is used as a very versatile type of carpet fiber, giving high performance in all categories including texture retention, soil and stain resistance and a wide array of options for colors and styles.  Nylon is used in both cut pile and loop pile styles, and is the most widely used type of carpet fibers.  

Polyester (PET)

Polyester is a soft type of carpet fiber, but is typically not quite as strong and durable as nylon.  Polyester carpet fiber is naturally resistant to stains and to fading, but should not be used in high traffic areas.    

Polypropylene (Olefin)

Polypropylene is also known as Olefin, and is a type of carpet fiber that is solution dyed.  When a carpet is solution dyed it means that the color is permanently manufactured into the carpet fibers.  Solution dyed carpet such as Olefin gives excellent resistance to fading, even when exposed to direct sunlight.  This is an excellent type of carpet fiber to be used next to large sliding glass windows emitting intense sunlight into the room and onto your carpeting.

Olefin carpet is also water resistant, as polypropylene repels the water, making it one of the most ideal type of carpet fibers for kids and pets.  Waterproof carpet keeps the spill on top of the carpet, giving you time to tend to the spill without soaking into your carpet and pad.  

Polypropylene is not quite as durable as other fibers such as nylon, and is typically used in more loop pile textures that require less resiliency.  

PTT (Triexta Polyester)

Polyester became popular in the 1990’s as low-cost production of polyester carpeting was first introduced.  Polyester is also known as PTT, or Triexta, and performs well in stain resistance although this type of carpet fiber will attract soil and dirt that can make it difficult to remove.  

When you need assistance determining the best types of carpet fibers for your next carpet project, call on the experts at Great Western Flooring.   We provide professional flooring and carpet installations to residential and commercial customers in the Chicagoland area.  

Great Western Flooring is a professional flooring and carpet installation company, serving the Chicagoland area for over 35 years.   We have experience in determining the best types of carpet fibers for your specific application.  Stop by one of conveniently located design centers in Naperville, Oswego or St. Charles.  Call today to schedule a design consultation, and to speak with one of our flooring design experts.

Comparing Carpet Fiber Types and Characteristics

Carpets are made out of basically four different carpet fiber types, although some carpets are made with blends.  Each fiber has characteristics and qualities unique to that fiber type, and you should choose the right carpet fiber type for your purpose.  It is important to consider the environment in which you install your carpet, the foot traffic it will receive, the conditions it will be exposed to, and how long you want it to last.  

The four basic carpet fiber types are: Nylon, Polyester, PTT and Polypropylene.  Let’s take a look at the characteristics of each of those and compare their qualities.  

Nylon Carpet Fiber Types

Nylon is known as the most versatile of all carpet fiber types, with excellent performance in all categories of stain and soil resistance, texture retention, and options for style and colors.  Nylon is the most widely used carpet fiber, and is used in both loop and cut pile styles.

Nylon has great flexibility with color, and many nylon yarns are very soft.  Nylon carpet can be stain and soil resistant, and nylon carpet from Shaw is treated with stain resistant carpet treatment for added protection.  

Polyester (PET) Carpet Fiber Types

Carpet made of polyester fibers are exceptionally soft, and naturally stain and fade resistance, although polyester is not as strong as nylon.  Therefore, carpet made from polyester carpet fibers will not be quite as durable as nylon carpet fiber types.   This is why polyester carpet is desirable in low to medium traffic areas.  

Shaw makes polyester fiber carpet that will deliver high performance, with several styles to choose from.  

Polypropylene Carpet Fiber Types (Olefin)

Polypropylene, also known as Olefin, is a carpet fiber type that is solution dyed.  This means that the color is literally built into the fiber when manufactured, making the color permanent that cannot be removed.  Solution dyed polypropylene carpet fiber provides great resistance to fading, even when exposed to direct sunlight and harsh elements.

Polypropylene is also very water resistant, as it will not absorb water, making it one of the most ideal carpet fiber types for water proof carpeting.  Olefin is not quite as strong and durable as other fibers and is used in more loop pile textures which require less resiliency.  

PTT (Triexta Polyester) Carpet Fiber Types

Polyester fiber, also known as PTT or Triexta, first became popular in the 1990’s when low-cost production became possible.  Shaw introduced the first PTT carpet fiber types for residential use in 2001, featuring excellent stain resistance and resiliency.  PTT is adequate for stain resistance, although can attract dirt and soil which can lead to premature wearing in high traffic areas.  

 

For more information on all available carpet fiber types contact Great Western Flooring, your flooring and carpet expert.

 

Great Western Flooring is a professional flooring and carpet installation company, serving the Chicagoland area for over 35 years.   We have experience in determining the best carpet fiber types for your specific application.  Stop by one of conveniently located design centers in Naperville, Oswego or St. Charles.  Call today to schedule a design consultation, and to speak with one of our flooring design experts.

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.