What determines carpet durability?

What determines carpet durability?

It?s easy to see why carpeting is so popular because it makes a room glamorous, inviting, and warm. Combine that with countless functional benefits and a soft, cushion-like feeling underfoot,?and you have a spectacular showcase. Conduct a little research, though, so you can determine the quality and make the proper comparisons; if you do this, you'll end up with the best flooring your budget will allow. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to come into our carpet store for more information.

What is density, and what does it have to do with quality?

Weight alone doesn't tell the entire story about the quality and, while a heavier rug can be more durable, it can also be too heavy for some installations. That leads to damage!

Density refers to how closely together the fibers are tufted. A density number should be on the label, and a good range is 3500 to 5,000. You can also check it yourself by bending back a sample card. If you see a lot of white space, be sure to ask the floor covering professional about it.

What is a twist?

Twist refers to the number of times fiber is turned per inch. Generally used in higher pile rugs, the higher the twist number, the less chance of unraveling. The twist has a one-to-six rating system, and a good twist number is four or higher, which should also be on the label.

Finally, when you compare, be sure to do it grade-by-grade. For example, if you compare a specific rug with another rug of the same style but lower or higher quality, your results won't be accurate. It's like the old (but true) cliche says, "apples to apples and oranges to oranges--but not apples to oranges."

Whether you want carpet or a different flooring, sanding and refinishing, remodeling, a design consultation, or a free quote, Hardwood Flooring Specialist is your one-stop shopping source. We have two locations in Colorado: Castle Rock and Colorado Springs, and we service Pueblo, Lone Tree, and Monument.