Loop pile, on the other hand, features un-sheared loops of fiber that not only add extra durability, but also create opportunities for pattern and texture. Tight, heavily twisted loops offer more resistance to matting and crushing. One potential issue to watch out for when choosing looped pile is pulled-out loops, which, when snagged, can cause damage and lead to a need for carpet repair.
The third category is a combination of both other types of carpet: Cut & Loop pile. Having both sheared and un-sheared fibers leads to patterned surfaces and artistic use of texture. No one type of carpet is better than the others – your choice will largely come down to personal design preference.
In addition to interior carpet rolls, we can assist you with selecting indoor outdoor carpet, carpet squares, stair carpet & more. Carpet squares, also referred to as carpet tiles, are a convenient, modern solution that can drastically lower your carpet installation cost while simultaneously making cleaning & repair a breeze. Individual squares are available in a variety of stylish, modern patterns & designs that can be arranged however you like. Just like carpet rolls, carpet tile can be installed wall-to-wall to cover your entire space, whether you want carpet in your living room, a finished basement, or bathroom. Carpet tile can also be a convenient solution if you’re looking for carpet for indoor-outdoor spaces such as patios or sunrooms.
Styles of Carpet
Now that you’ve got a sense for the different types of carpet, let’s go a little deeper and delve into the various styles available.
Some common styles of cut pile include:
Saxony – long, plush pile with extra twist are the defining features of this iconic carpet style
Plush – like Saxony, but with shorter pile and a more soft and velvety appearance
Frieze – commonly called shag carpet, frieze a less formal appearance
For loop pile, some of the most common varieties you’ll find include:
Level loop – A simple design featuring repeated loops that give it a uniform surface
Sisal – Textured carpet featuring loops in straight rows
Berber – This style, originally popularized in commercial settings, features large, chunky loops
Just as important as the carpet you choose is the padding beneath it. While not technically a necessity, we will always recommend padding as an investment in the health and lifespan of your carpet and floors.
Carpet padding is an unseen investment that gets installed beneath your carpeting. Padding adds a little extra cushion and comfort, as well as insulation from noise and temperature change.
Padding ranges in thickness and protection capabilities, so talk to any of our flooring experts to help you find the right balance of features, benefits & carpet cost for your specific needs and budget.