Saturday, June 22, 2013

What is the Best Carpet for My Room


Finding the best carpet for your home starts out simple and quickly becomes complicated. You know you want something that will look good in your home, feel great, and most importantly, stay that way for years to come. So you go to the local carpet store or home center and that's when it gets complicated.

shopping for best carpet to buyUnlike shopping for cars or clothes, a lot of different carpet styles look very similar, yet prices vary and there's a reason for that. The fiber that is used to make the yarn that is then made into carpet is where the difference starts. How that fiber is made into yarn is the second determining factor and how it is then tufted (sewn) into carpet is the next key difference.

More than 90 percent of today's carpet is made of synthetic fiber—nylon, polyester, triexta, or polypropylene. While each fiber has somewhat different characteristics, they are all made basically the same way. (This also includes carpets made from "Natural" fibers, such as wool and sisal.)

Once the fiber has been extruded it is bundled together and twisted into a yarn and then heat set to lock in the carpet fiber's shape. Hundreds of needles arrayed across a machine sew the yarn into a backing. Later, a second backing will be attached to give it additional strength and stability.

How well the carpet will perform depends on how well the yarn is made and how densely the carpet is tufted. The general rule is that the more filaments twisted into a yarn, the stronger it will be and the denser the carpet is (more tufts per square inch), the better it will perform. Keep in mind though that the longer the pile height, the more likely a carpet is to crush (think of traffic paths or marks where furniture has been placed on top of the carpeting).

Carpet is manufactured with cut pile tufts, loop pile tufts or a combination of both.

types of carpet

Cut Pile Carpets, depending on the type yarn, can look smooth (Saxony) or slightly textured (textured saxony or textured plush) or as though the surface is covered by very curly ends (frieze). Cut pile carpets are extremely versatile and are commonly used in bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, dens and great rooms. The more textured or twisted yarns the less they will show foot prints and vacuum cleaner marks.
Cut pile carpets are constructed from either staple fibers or bulk continuous filament (BCF). Staple fibers can cause pilling at first after installation. That is because staple yarns are made up of short cut fibers that are spun together just like wool.
  • Saxony styles are more traditional and can show footprints and vacuum marks.
  • Textured Saxony styles are versatile and more casual than Saxonies. They help hide footprints and vacuum marks.
  • FriezĂ© styles are more informal, but very durable and minimize footprints and vacuum marks.
cut pile carpet styles

loop carpetLoop Pile Carpet has a knobby appearance made by each tuft being brought back into the backing. Loop pile carpets are generally more durable than cut pile styles. Loop pile carpet can be made up of level loops (all the same height) or multi-level loops to form a pattern or add more texture.





patterned carpetCut and Loop Carpets (also called cut & uncut) feature a combination of both loops and cut pile yarns that are used to create patterned designs. Patterned carpets can help hide traffic patterns in a room as well as give the floor a more interesting visual appearance. For example, a family room or rec-room may be the perfect place for a patterned cut and loop carpeting, especially if the room gets a lot of traffic.


Color is added to carpet in two basic ways. The fiber can be "solution dyed", which means the color pigments are mixed in with the liquid polymers producing fiber strands that are colored all the way through—just like a carrot. Or, the carpet fibers are made first into white synthetic fibers, then topically dyed which leaves the color on the surface of the fibers—like a red radish. Since the color goes all the way through the solution dyed fibers, any solution dyed carpeting will have superior fade and bleach resistance. This can be important if the room has a lot of sunlight coming through the windows and you are worried about fading.

For resilience (the ability to stand up to traffic), nylon is the best carpet fiber. But, nylon is inherently prone to staining which is why most nylon carpets are coated with stain and soil resistant treatments that may need to be replaced eventually after repeated cleanings.

Through advancements in carpet technology polyester has made great strides as a carpet fiber, especially P.E.T. (polyethylene terephthalate) polyester fibers. The fiber is made from P.E.T. chips and some from recycled plastic containers. P.E.T. fibers are much stronger than the old polyester and offer much better performance and stain resistance.

Recently a new fiber has been created called: Triexta and was been approved by the FTC in 2009 as a new fiber type. Triexta is a PTT polmer, also known as (poly trimethylene teraphthalate), and offers exceptional durability, softness and stain resistance. Fibers made from triexta are used in carpet, apparel fabrics and automotive flooring.

Polypropylene (also referred to as: olefin) is a type of solution dyed fiber that is naturally stain and fade resistant, but has the poorest performance of all the carpet fiber types when it comes to resiliency. The best performing construction for polypropylene carpets is a very tight loop in a low-to-mid pile height.

A Word About Soft Carpets

There is a growing demand for carpets with a very soft hand, often referred to as "soft carpets". Soft carpets can be constructed from either nylonTriexta or P.E.T. polyester fibers and each fiber type offers certain advantages. All the major residential carpet brands and retailers offer a wide array of soft carpeting styles today. Some soft carpets are so soft they require special vacuum cleaners. This is where your local, specialty carpet retailer can really help guide you through the selection process. See the WFCA's carpet store locator for highly trained, local carpet retailers that have the experience and industry knowledge to help you select the best carpet for your specific situation.

What is the Best Carpet for Bedrooms?

Best Bedroom CarpetThe best carpet for a bedroom depends on whose bedroom it is. A master suite or a guest room will likely not have a lot of traffic or a lot of soiling and or staining. A child or teen may be much harder on their bedroom carpet.

For an adult bedroom, just about any fiber in a plush or texture style will perform well. The new soft carpets are a good choice for a luxury feel underfoot. If you are on a budget, soft polyester might be a good choice.

A kid's bedroom, with a greater likelihood of spills and soil, calls for a stain resistant nylon, or an inherently stain resist polyester carpet fiber.

Keep in mind that solid color carpets are less forgiving of soil, stains or any little crumb dropped or bit of lint. Carpets with a multi-color construction for a heather or tweed look will not show small bits as much and pattern carpets are also much more forgiving.

What is the Best Carpet for a Living Room?

Best living room carpetYour lifestyle and personal taste are key factors in choosing the best carpet for living rooms. In busy families with children and pets, the living room will get the most use. To be ready for staining, it is best to have a solution dyed or stain treated product with some type of odor treatment in these rooms. The weight of furniture is also a consideration.

Formal living rooms are well served by classic cut pile saxonies or a sophisticated cut and loop patterned carpets. A textured plush carpet will work well for a more casual lifestyle.

What is the Best carpet for Family Rooms?

best family room carpetFamily rooms in active households with kids and possibly pets demand carpets that are stain and soil resistant and constructions that can standup to a lot of traffic. Dense textures and loop pile products will handle the traffic.

Multi-colored, textured looped carpet styles are a great choice for active areas, such as family rooms, because they will be more forgiving of tracked in debris and everyday mess.

What is the Best Carpet for Dining Rooms?


best dining room carpetTriexta, P.E.T. polyester carpets with inherent stain resistance, solution dyed nylon carpets, or nylons with advanced stain resist properties are recommended for dining rooms. Products that feature anti-microbial and other topical treatments are also advised to protect against spills.






What is the Best Carpet for Hallways & Stairs?

carpet on stairsStairs and high traffic areas can be covered in a low, dense pile carpet. Because it is the most resilient fiber, nylon products are recommended in pulled down textures or level loop constructions. The bottom of the stairway and the top landing can be extremely tough on carpeting because that is where people usually turn their feet which causes additional stress on carpet. This is where a low profile, extremely densely packed carpet can really add to the life expectancy of the carpet.





What is the Best Carpet for Basements?

Carpets made of polypropylene in a dense, multi-color loop or level loop constructions are a good choice for basements. It is also recommended to use a good quality carpet cushion underneath the loop pile carpet to help the overall life and performance of the carpeting.


You can also call us at (305) 945-2973 for individual quotes based on your specific dimensions. One of our representatives will be able to assist you in your order. Due to customization these items are made when
ordered.


Contact Americarpet today for more information (305) 945-2973 
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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Buy USA Made Hardwood Floors
Made in America

From Americarpet


Products made in America are of higher quality and longer lasting than low cost imports from countries like China.  American consumers in search of a del gravitated toward imports for that reason as well.

Fast forward a few years and changes in the US economy drove the demand for US made goods into even further decline.  Nearly 6 million manufacturing jobs were lost in the United States between the years 2000 and 2010.  Since then the trend has started to shift.

Manufacturing growth in the United States is outpacing other advanced nations and prices are lower and competing with China and India.  ABC News agrees.  Correspondent David Muir reports that "a decade ago", a factory worker in China made $0.58 an hour.  Today wages are more than $3.00 and there are predictions of $6.00 an hour by 2015.  While these wages sound extremely low to the average US employee, one should be reminded that the minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 an hour.

American Hardwood Flooring Companies

Pergo Laminates
Mohawk Laminates & Engineered Wood Floor

Johnson Hardwood


You can also call us at (305) 945-2973 for individual quotes based on your specific dimensions. One of our representatives will be able to assist you in your order. Due to customization these items are made when ordered.

Contact Americarpet today for more information (305) 945-2973 
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Custom Area Rugs / 100% Wool from India or Nepal

From Americarpet


We carry Custom 100% Wool Area Rugs from India.  They are Handtufted and are priced between $25-$35 Per Square Foot.  The Area Rug can be delivered within 12 Weeks and can be any COLOR or any DESIGN.

Also, Custom 100% Wool Area Rugs from Nepal.  They are Hand Knotted and are priced between $65-$75 Pero Square Foot.  The Area Rug can be delivered within 12 Weeks and can be any COLOR or any DESIGN.  Comes in 60,80,100 Knots.

You can also call us at (305) 945-2973 for individual quotes based on your specific dimensions. One of our representatives will be able to assist you in your order. Due to customization these items are made when ordered. 4a

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Stanton Indoor / Outdoor Carpet

Stanton Carpets Indoor / Outdoor Rugs

Stanton Carpet

From Americarpet


Stanton's Anywhere Collection of indoor/outdoor custom carpets or area rugs are all made of 100% UV Stabilized Royaltron polypropylene yarn. Stain-resistant, durable, color-fast, anti-static, anti-microbial, non-toxic and environmentally friendly make these the best indoor/outdoor carpets available. They come in an array of patterns, styles and colors and are great for patios, porches, docks and pool areas. "The doors have opened for beautiful carpets outside...and the possibilities are endless!"

If you are interested in this product, simply place an order and we will get back with you on the next business day. Please note that these rugs are custom made so all sales are final (no exchanged and no credit can be given for returns). Due to the cost of shipping these rugs, they are excluded from all site promotions/discounts. You can also call us at (305) 945-2973 for individual quotes based on your specific dimensions. One of our representatives will be able to assist you in your order. Due to customization these items are made when ordered.

Contact Americarpet today for more information (305) 945-2973 




DURABLE
Royaltron™ polypropylene will resist signs of wear, with unique long-lasting fibers.

STAIN RESISTANT
Royaltron™ polypropylene does not absorb moisture making spills and stains easily removable with normal cleaning agents.

COLOR FAST (UV STABILIZED )
UV stabilized, solution-dyed yarn extrusion is not only safe for the environment, it protects the colors in your new carpet from fading and cleaning solvents. Will withstand cleaning with diluted bleach.

Anti-Static
Carpets made from Royaltron™ polypropylene fibers are permanently anti-static. No more electric shocks.

Anti-Microbial
Carpets made from Royaltron™ polypropylene fibers do not support the growth of mites or bacteria.

NON TOXIC/ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
All Royaltron™ fiber carpets are free of toxic elements. Because color is "melted in" during production of the fiber, it eliminates the traditional use of large quantities of water for dyeing, contributing to the preservation and the quality of our water.


nutmeg
Nutmeg
Palm
Palm
Sisal
Sisal
Straw
Straw
Teak
Teak

Stanton Tunisia Almond
Almond
Stanton Tunisia Dune
Dune
Stanton Tunisia Nutmeg
Nutmeg
Stanton Tunisia Teak
Teak

Stanton Delancy Bronze
Bronze
Stanton Delancy Cinammon
Cinammon

Stanton Logan Bronze
Bronze


Stanton Avondale Bronze
Bronze

Stanton Bella Bronze
Bronze
Stanton Bella Cinammon
Cinammon

Stanton Cedara Nutmeg
Nutmeg
Stanton Cedara Sisal
Sisal
Stanton Cedara Straw
Straw
Stanton Cedara Teak
Teak

Stanton Costa Rica Nutmeg
Nutmeg
Stanton Costa Rica Sisal
Sisal
Stanton Costa Rica Straw
Straw

Stanton Fiji Nutmeg
Nutmeg
Stanton Fiji Orris
Orris
Stanton Fiji Silver
Silver
Stanton Fiji Sisal
Sisal

Stanton Logan Bronze
Bronze
 Stanton Winslow Bronze
Bronze

Stanton Sakura Almond
Almond
Stanton Sakura Dune
Dune
Stanton Sakura Lemongrass
Lemongrass
Stanton Sakura Teak
Teak

Stanton Suzano Almond
Almond
Stanton Suzano Palm
Palm
Stanton Suzano Sisal
Sisal
Stanton Suzano Teak
Teak

Stanton Trade Winds Seagrass
Seagrass
Stanton Trade Winds Sisal
Sisal

Stanton Viewpoint Seagrass
Seagrass


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