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Commercial & Residential Carpets

Why Carpets

Carpet is still the number one flooring type used in any building, but other kinds are starting to eat into its dominance. So you ask, why should I still buy carpet for my new home or business? Well, let’s break down some of the significant aspects of this flooring decision.

Before 1950 the number one reason was cost of carpet. Before WWII and the invention of synthetic materials, all carpet was made from wool or cotton. But during WWII, nylon was created, and the world went crazy. Now things that were once out of reach of most people were now made more affordable with this advent. Eventually, carpet became the number one flooring type in the world. From homes to business, some form of carpet can be found, but not all carpet is the same.

About Today’s Carpet:

  • First, carpets today are made to last longer than carpets made previously. Most carpets today feature stain resistant additives that help to not only resist staining, wearing, and soiling, but they also help to make the carpet hypo-allergenic and bacterial resistant. All of these properties are things that were not found in your momma’s carpet.
  • Carpet features more modern looks. Carpet is very versatile and can be made into any style or color desired. This has kept carpet relevant in today’s marketplace even though other flooring types are gobbling up market share.
  • Carpet is very affordable and comfortable: Compared to other flooring types, carpet is the most cost effective way to floor any room in your home or business. Carpet is very comfortable underfoot which is very important in bedrooms, basements, living rooms and family rooms.
  • Carpet is a great insulator: Carpet will provide warmth to many areas of your home where installed which is pertinent in the colder areas of our country. This makes carpet the perfect choice for basements and bedrooms. Carpet is also great in commercial areas for its insulating properties. This time it’s for sound rather than temperature. In most business, excess noise is a huge issue and the best and most economical way to reduce it is to install carpet.
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So now that we have presented some great arguments for why you should choose carpet for your home or business, let’s find out what type of carpet will work best for your application.

The first thing you should consider when buying your carpet is what type of fiber is it. There are several types of fibers used to make carpet. Below is a breakdown of the different types.

Carpet Fiber Types

  • Nylon – is the most common fiber used in carpeting. This fiber is the ‘Cadillac’ of carpet fibers. The reason why it is so popular is the fact that nylon doesn’t burn, it melts. This makes it great for fire codes, which is why nylon carpet tiles are popular in commercial buildings, condos and apartments. This fiber is also resistant to heat, insects, fungi, mold, mildew rot and many chemicals, so staining this carpet is very tough. Nylon is also colorfast and less absorbent than wool or cotton, which is great for homes with children or pets. One drawback to nylon is that there are batches in color. If you were to place multiple orders of the same floor over a period of time, you would get different shades of the tile you purchased, so you could essentially have 50 shades of grey on your floor!
  • Polyester, or PET – has become one of the hottest fibers on the market. This is due to its low cost and durability. This fiber is very durable and resistant to water and staining, making it great for any residential or commercial application. Another great feature of this fiber is its high color retention and consistency. What this means for you is that when you have several solid colored tiles of the same color next to each other, they will all look the same. This can’t be said for other fibers.
  • Polypropylene – fibers are like Olefins and are on the lower end of the cost scale for carpet fibers. These fibers do very well in high traffic areas. Typically, we sell this type of carpet fiber in the entry ways to your neighborhood stores like Target or Walmart.
  • Olefin – One of the least expensive carpet fibers and is very common in cheaper, standard carpeting and carpet tile squares. This fiber is very strong and fade resistant, mildew resistant, as well as being resistant to abrasion and sunlight.
  • Wool – Wool is the Rolls Royce of carpet. It is the most expensive fiber and softest to the touch.

So what type of fiber should you buy?

Well, that’s where Celtic Flooring comes in to help make the proper decision for your carpet applications. For outdoor areas, a Polyester type carpet is the one you want to use. This carpet will not fade in direct sunlight. For areas where a lot of traffic will be had, we would recommend using a Nylon carpet. Nylon is the most durable of the carpet fibers and is typically Class 1 fire rated. If you are looking for a carpet that is more entry level or for a temporary area, then Olefin fiber carpets are the way to go.

Carpet Pile Types

The next thing to consider is fiber pattern or style. Pattern or style is not only important in regards to the look and feel, but also to durability. The different types Cut Pile, Loop Pile, and Cut & Loop.

  • Cut Pile – carpet is loop pile that has been cut to the same height and allowed to tuft slightly, giving the carpet a dense, soft appearance. This type represents the largest segment of residential carpet. Examples of this type of look are Saxony, Textured Saxony, Frieze, and Cable.
  • Polyester – Polyester or “PET” is a fiber that is very durable and is produced more cheaply than nylon. This thread has started to become the standard fiber used in many carpets and can be utilized in both indoor and outdoor applications.
  • Loop Pile – carpet is how all carpet starts. This pile is uncut and is commonly known as commercial carpet. This carpet is also very popular in basements and other high traffic areas. The reason these are so popular in these areas is that the pile helps to hide the dirt and debris that is left in these areas better than other types.
  • Cut & Loop Pile – combines both the Loop and Pile types which create some fun and unique patterns in the carpet. This style is great at disguising foot traffic and wear.

So now that we know the different types and styles of carpet let’s break down what carpets would be perfect for different rooms in your home.

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