About carpet flooring

Carpet flooring adds warmth and texture to your flooring. The colors are limited only by your imagination, and with new carpet, you never have to worry about your feet hitting the cold floor. Carpet makes it comfortable to go barefoot in your home and softens the impact of your footfalls. Plus, it provides natural traction to your floors. If you have small children who like to play on the floor, carpet flooring serves as a comfortable, cozy spot for them to play.

Carpet to fit your style & budget

Not all carpets are the same, so even if you have an idea of the style of carpet that might suit your space, its important to consider the quality of materials, the manufacturing process, carpet care and more. Our experts make it easy to find quality, attractive carpets that won’t break your budget. Here’s a guide to help you get started.

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Carpet styles and construction


  • Cut pile
    Cut pile carpets have fabric loops attached to the backing material that are cut, giving the carpet a plush look. Traditional carpet, frieze, shag carpets and similar styles are all cut pile.

  • Loop pile
    With this type of carpet, the loops and yarn on the backing are not cut, creating loops. Berber carpets are the most popular style of this type of carpet.

  • Patterned loop
    When loops on the backing material are not cut but are of different heights, you get a patterned loop carpet. The different heights are often used to create patterns.

  • Cut and loop
    Some carpets have both loops and cut loops, which can be fashioned to create geometric patterns for visual interest.

  • Smooth/Saxony
    With this cut pile carpet, the loops are cut low and even, creating a smooth look. Since it is made from tightly woven carpet fibers, it is thick, luxurious and warm. This is a type of carpet where you feet can sink into softness. It is long-lasting and can last 10 years or more with proper car. It also does not go out of style, since the even height and color make this carpet so classic. Saxony is also very customizable to your needs. It’s available in denser styles for higher-traffic areas and plusher styles for bedrooms where softness is most important. You can also buy Saxony carpets made from a range of materials, including wool, nylon, polyester and other materials, so you can get the look and feel you want.

  • Frieze
    With plenty of texture, this carpet adds visual interest to any room with its twisted yarn, shaggy look. It does not show dirt easily, and this carpet can come in any color, including multiple shades in one carpet. Whether you have pets, a big family, lots of high-traffic areas or other factors that necessitate durable flooring, you can still enjoy the softness and warmth of a carpet in your home with little maintenance.

  • Berber
    This low profile carpet stands ups well to higher traffic and is popular for its flecks of color and thick yarn loops. Berber carpet offers relaxed, casual look, as well as exceptional comfort. For high-traffic areas, Berber carpeting is also great because it is easy to clean. Since it is a looped carpet, spills tendon to sink into the carpet quickly, which gives you a chance to clean up. This is one reason why even paler-color Berber carpets are a popular choice. Unlike softer cut pile carpets, Berbers do not show vacuum marks and tend to look great after just a quick sweep.

  • Plush
    The most traditional carpet type, this carpet features level, smooth surface that makes it easy to vacuum. With a variety of colors and styles, texture carpet, as this style is sometimes known, works in most rooms. Plush carpets are made from an array of different material and can come in different yarn twists, densities and heights. These factors can affect pricing, quality and the feel of the carpet. Your foot sinks right in, and the softness of the fibers make this surfaces very inviting to walk, sit or relax on. A plush carpet also has luxurious, even appearance with fray-less edges that can work well in formal or casual rooms. Some plush carpeting is particularly simple to clean and designed to last for years.

  • Pattern
    This carpet created designs by using looped and cut carpet fibers. If you want a sophisticated look without a “busy” feel, pattern carpets are a choice to consider. With virtually any design this carpet can add a sophisticated, designer feel to virtually any room. Whether you have a traditional, classical or modern look, patterned carpets can work. Since this carpets has different levels, it can hide dirt and footprints affectively, making the pattern carpet look better between vacuuming. This is one reason this flooring is a popular choice for families.

  • Commercial
    In a commercial space, there’s no question that the floors need to be durable, given that they’re facilitating more traffic as well as more rugged conditions than the average home. Commercial floors are designed for the unique scenarios that commercial spaces face. Business owners choosing new flooring for their retail, commercial or industrial spaces need to make a smart investment - one that will continue to serve them for years to come.

  • Outdoor
    Whether you’re interested on installing artificial grass for your lawn, needle punch carpet for your deck or boat carpet for your vessel, outdoor carpeting provides the durability and comfort to satisfy your needs.


Guides to care & maintain your new floors

Finding the right type of carpet is an important aspect of finishing your home. Carpet makes a room cozy and comfortable, and even subtle carpeting helps create a room’s personality. Different types of carpet will serve different needs. This guide dives into all the factors you should consider when choosing carpet to fit your home.

Carpet considerations
Within the common carpet tones and textures, certain colors have become prevalent favorites. Though trends may help you define your taste, the best carpet color for you will ultimately be one that matches your preferences, lifestyle and home. Lighting adds another layer of complexity to your carpet selection. To make sure your carpet selection looks stunning in all situations, it is crucial to see it in your home. Make sure you can see your carpet sample in the lighting you will use most to ensure it lives up to your expectations. See your carpet color in your home before you purchase.

  • Carpet pile & face weight
    When determining the quality and durability of carpet, start by finding out its pile height and face weight.

    Low pile - carpet has short fibers that look and feel flat and dense. This type of carpet is easy to clean and durable; it doesn’t catch much dirt or debris, and it can stand up to a lot of foot traffic without losing its initial appearance. Low pile carpet is the best carpet for high traffic areas and rooms where dirt, pet hair or other messes are a concern.

    Medium pile carpet - offers a balance of ease and comfort. With fibers taller than those of low pile carpet, medium pile carpet is softer to the touch but still manages to hold up to moderate foot traffic and dirt, making it a popular choice for living rooms and bedrooms where you may want more comfort underfoot. Although more prone to catching pet hair and debris, this type of carpet can still be easily cleaned with a vacuum with a brush roller.

    High pile carpet - has long fibers that create a plush and fluffy look and feel. High pile carpets add extra cushion underfoot but also more readily collect dust and debris, making it require more frequent maintenance. Additionally, high pile carpets are more prone to being crushed and holding impressions from furniture and foot traffic. This pile height is a good choice for areas where you want to add a touch of warmth and luxury or where you want to dampen noise.

    Face weight - is a measure of how much yarn makes up the carpet pile. A higher face weight means more yarn and thus a denser, longer-lasting carpet. Face weight also tends to correlate with price, so carpet with a high face weight is usually more expensive than carpet with a low face weight. You can think of carpet face weight in the same terms as thread count for bedding—the higher, the better.

  • Carpet fibers
    Most carpet fibers are made of synthetic materials or blends of synthetic and natural materials, since synthetic materials are designed to resist stains, static electricity, fading and moisture. Of course, each type of carpet fiber has various pros and cons, even among synthetic options. There are five primary types of carpet fibers:

    Nylon is the most popular carpet fiber, thanks to its strength and durability. It resists fading, mildew, staining and crushing.

    Triexta has a similar appearance to nylon fibers but is significantly softer. It is naturally hydrophobic, so it repels stains and moisture damage well.

    Polyester fibers, like triexta fibers, are hydrophobic and resist stains. Polyester also offers vibrant color options. However, polyester fibers can fade in the sun and are generally known to be less durable than nylon fibers.

    Wool, a traditional and natural fiber, has a soft and luxurious feel. Wool is a strong material that can hold up to heavy foot-traffic and compaction from furniture, but it needs to be cleaned and maintained properly. Many stains as well as the chemicals in stain removers can damage wool carpet.

    Olefin is another durable and colorfast fiber option that is suitable for high traffic areas. Olefin carpet tends to be less expensive than the previous four fibers.

  • Carpet padding
    Once you have determined the type and construction of your carpet, you can choose the underlying carpet pad.

    Carpet padding is the cushioning layer underneath the carpet that not only makes walking on the carpet more comfortable, but also insulates the room, dampens noise and extends the life of the carpet. Many carpet pads also have a spill-safe moisture barrier. Thicker carpet pads are more comfortable and durable, but you may want thinner carpet padding in commercial settings or for those who need steadier footing. Thick carpet padding may not be ideal for all styles of carpet. For example, thick carpet pads have too much give for thin carpet styles like berber and can damage the carpet in the long term. Always check the carpet manufacturer’s recommendations for the thickness of carpet padding.

    Tip: If you are installing carpet tiles, there is no need for a carpet pad. The padding is already incorporated into the carpet tile.