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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.  

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.  

How Much Should You Spend on Carpet Padding?

If you are shopping for carpet padding prices, there are some things that you should know before you buy your carpet padding.  How much you spend on your carpet pad depends on several factors, most importantly what the carpet manufacturer recommends for the padding should be the first consideration.

Carpet manufacturers have specifications for particular carpets that must be followed in order to maintain a warranty, and also to provide the most appropriate padding for the chosen carpeting. The type of carpet padding that you purchase must match the carpet in terms of specifications and long lasting durability.  If you want your carpet to last for fifteen or twenty years, then your padding must also be designed to last that same amount of time.

There is a big difference in price between carpet padding that will last five years versus padding that is made to last fifteen or twenty years.  A higher quality of carpet padding will have a higher price tag, but if is the appropriate padding for the job, it is a necessary and good investment.  You’ll want a quality padding to pair with your quality carpeting, providing the most durability especially in high traffic areas.  

The most common type of carpet padding used in residential settings is Rebond, which is made of recycled material giving it it’s multicolored look.  An average price for Rebond carpet pad is usually between $3.00 – $5.00 per square yard, but this is just the price for the pad itself.  

You will have to add for material and any labor involved.  A standard sized room would not be too much additional, but for an odd shape or size you could pay more for labor.  You can avoid additional charges if you have all of your furniture out of the room so that that room is clear and ready to go.

The carpeting and flooring experts at Great Western Flooring have the right carpet and pad in stock for you!  We carry the best carpet padding for your room, to fit within your budget and provide you the best quality with long lasting durability.  Call us today for the best in carpet padding prices.  

Call on the experienced flooring experts at Great Western Flooring for your carpet and carpet padding solutions.  Give your room the professional make over it deserves with quality carpeting and flooring products, and professional installation from Great Western Flooring.

Which Type of Carpet Padding is Right for You?

With many options available for carpet padding, choosing the right type of carpet pad for your carpet can be confusing.  

All carpet padding is not the same.  Some discount stores may try to offer you a cheap price for your carpet padding, but if it is made of inferior products your carpet will wear faster.   You should always remember that you must match the grade of your carpet to the grade of your padding.  If you want your carpet to last for twenty years, you must install carpet padding that will last just as long.

Rebond Carpet Padding

Rebond is the most common type of carpet padding used by homeowners in residential settings.   Rebond padding is made from recycled products, which is why it appears as a multi-color padding.   The quality of the carpet padding is determined by the quality of the recycled products used.  Rebond is a popular choice and gives most residential customers quality padding for their carpet, as long as it is purchased by a reputable carpet and flooring company such as Great Western Flooring.  

Foam, Urethane

Foam urethane padding is the least expensive, and is even sometimes given away at discount stores.  This type of padding will not hold up to any traffic and will become worn flat very quickly.  

Prime Urethane

Prime urethane carpet padding is becoming popular in residential settings, although it was designed for commercial use.  This type of carpet pad is made of dense polyurethane, and will usually cost even more than Rebond so it is not typically chosen by homeowners for residential settings.

Rubber Pad Waffle or Rubber Slab Flat

Rubber slab or waffle carpet padding is typically used over concrete, and not in residential settings.  

Special Carpet Padding  

Some special options are offered with carpet padding such as a moisture barrier, although there is a big misconception as to what benefit this may provide.  This type of carpet padding will not stop pet accidents from seeping through the carpet and pad. Moisture can get caught with no way to evaporate, thus damaging the floor underneath.  A good Rebond pad will usually provide just as good of results as a specialty carpet padding, and is a nice economic choice for homeowners.  In most cases the added expense of specialty padding is not necessary.  

Great Western Flooring has various types of carpet padding in stock, and can assist you in determining which is right for your new carpet installation.  We have experience satisfying commercial and residential customers with top quality materials and expert installation services.  Contact Great Western Flooring today for answer to all your carpet, padding, and flooring needs.  

 

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.  

 

PRICE OF CARPET INSTALLED

Unknown-3-150x150When you go shopping for new carpeting, you need to know the full extent of the service provided, including the complete price of carpet installed.  It pays to contact an expert carpeting store to provide you with the necessary advice on the various styles available and the properties of the different types of carpet available for installation.

 

CARPET STYLES

 

With so many fibers, styles and colors, you have many choices to consider when installing new carpet.  You will want to consider the traffic in the area of installation, the exposure to sunlight and risk of exposure to stains.  Some fibers like wool are more likely to pile but may be softer than other fibers.  Nylon is a versatile fiber that provides durability and comfort.  Speak with a carpeting expert on which fiber is a good fit for you when shopping prices for having carpet installed.  

 

CARPET INSTALLATION

 

Be sure to know exactly what you’re getting when you get a price quote for a carpet install.  Some companies may not prepare your floor, or it may not be included in the price of installation.  You’ll also want to know what type of padding is being used, this can make a huge difference in the quality of your carpet installation.  

 

You’ll want to get the maximum about of comfort available with your new carpet installation, be sure to select a carpet store with knowledge in the various styles and fibers, and one that is experienced with carpet installations.  

 

A skilled carpet installation will include any custom cuts for tricky designs or angles, and utilization of the proper tools including a power stretcher for long lasting carpet.  

 

Your installation should also include removal of your old pad and carpeting.  Selecting a store that will recycle this material is a making conscience effort to help the environment.  

 

YOUR SOLUTION FOR QUALITY CARPET INSTALLATION

 

Contact the experts at Great Western Flooring for a carpet installation that goes above and beyond the norm.  We have been providing quality carpeting and floor covering to the greater Chicago area for over 25 years, and have vast experience with residential and commercial carpet installations.  

 

We provide custom design work, and quality installation including preparation of your floor, and removal and recycling of all old materials.  

 

Let us help you achieve the level of comfort and design that you desire, with professional carpet installation.  

 

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.