With all the different types of flooring available to homeowners in the Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul area, many feel the inviting quality and comfort of carpet is unmatched by any other flooring type. This is understandable, especially considering many of today’s carpet options combine style, comfort, and durability all in one. Not only does it offer a soft feel underfoot, but it also provides insulation of both sound and heat. However, some carpet cuts, styles, and fiber types work better than others for certain environments. You should choose your carpet based on various factors, including where it will be installed and how much traffic the area will receive. Use the following guide from Floor Coverings International Dakota County to help you select the ideal carpet type for each area of your home.
The rooms and areas of your home that receive the most foot traffic require a durable carpet style. Choosing wisely will ensure your carpet lasts and retains its quality over the years. Some examples of potentially high-traffic areas include:
- Living Rooms
- Children’s Rooms
- Recreation Rooms
While the most durable type of carpet is loop pile, it’s not always the most inviting for certain rooms. Loop pile works well in rec rooms, entryways or hallways, but in the living room, you’ll likely want to favor a dense cut pile with stain guard. You can also add a carpet pad for increased durability and comfort.
Nylon carpet is ideal for high-traffic rooms and areas. Its fibers are highly resistant to abrasion and crushing, and nylon is also fire resistant. A treatment can be added to protect against stains, but some styles still tend to fade, so check with the manufacturer.
For a study, library, TV room, or formal dining room, polyester carpet is often an ideal fit. It is fairly resistant to wear, especially varieties with a higher-density cut pile. Polyester has decent stain resistance and excellent defenses against burning or fading from the sun. Consider cut pile or cut and loop pile combos for these rooms.
Low-Traffic Areas Where Style Matters
Rooms with less traffic have more flexibility in terms of what carpet types are suitable. The master bedroom and formal living room are a couple examples where comfort and style might be of higher priority than durability.
Wool carpet in a cut pile or cut and loop pile can be ideal for these settings. Wool is soft, natural, fire retardant, and durable. However, wool does tend to be on the more expensive side. A soft plush carpet is another popular choice for these areas in homes across Eagan and Apple Valley.
Low-Traffic Areas Prone to Spills
Spaces such as dining rooms and guest bedrooms require carpet that’s fairly durable and resistant to staining. Olefin fiber can be perfect for these scenarios. It’s lightweight, easy to care for, and resistant to abrasion and staining. However, olefin is prone to crushing and fading, as it’s more sensitive to heat and pressure.
Few flooring types offer the comfort of carpet. Use this guide to select the ideal carpeting for each room in your home, and call Floor Coverings International Dakota County today to schedule your free in-home design consultation!
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