Saturday, November 29, 2014

How Thick Should My Carpet Be?

Is Thicker Carpet Better?

The simple answer to this is no but if I just said that, it would not be much of a good read, so I will explain what the better quality is and what the differences are in all of the carpets. The biggest difference in qualities is the part you don't see, the backing. Hessian back carpets are much stronger than felt back carpets this makes them the ideal choice for any areas that get heavy use.

This is because hessian backing is made up of hundreds of individual fibers running the length and the width of the carpet and if you have ever tried to just pull a fiber you will know it is hard to break. Felt back carpet has a softer touch and feel to it making it ideal if you don't want or have underlay but it is a sheet of felt so it can rip and tear much easier than hessian back carpets. But for the part of the carpet you do see there is a multitude of different aspects that define the quality:
  • Density
  • Twist or Loop pile
  • Tightness of twist
  • The yarn that has been used
  • Weight

In it’s most basic form is how much carpet can you get in a selected area of space, this means closer together tufts and how many pieces of yarn are twisted together to make these tufts.  This mostly affects the twist pile carpets so I will give examples for a twist pile carpet. Our tuftex range has a medium density, it has two different yarns twisted together and the tufts are fairly close together.

Comparing to our satisfaction range, this carpet has a high density by placing all the tufts closer together. This carpet still has two different yarns twisted together but these are twisted more tightly to allow more tufts to get closer.

Twist or Loop Pile

Loop pile carpets are incredibly strong compared to twist pile carpets because of their construction, when a twist pile is made it starts as an exaggerated loop pile and then the tops get cut off to make the tufts individual. Loop pile carpets do not go through this cutting process so they have the same pattern as sewing a string in fabric, having that endless string along the length of the carpet is much stronger and harder wearing than individual tufts.

However, having the individual tufts gives a much softer and more comfortable feel to your feet, as they have less restrictions on moving around to make space for your feet, loop pile carpets do not have this benefit.

Tightness of twist

As I mentioned earlier when a carpet is made, strands of yarn are twisted together to make the tufts. To make a strong carpet the yarns can be twisted to different levels but a balance has to be taken into consideration, the more you twist a carpet the more durable it will be, but less comfortable underfoot.

If not twisted enough the carpet will not be as durable, but it will be very soft underfoot
Here I have explained a few of the most important features to look for in a new carpet.
If you are ever unsure please ask us in store, we are only human.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Carpet Tile For Businesses: The pros and cons

Carpet tiles were invented as an alternative to standard broadloom carpet. They are usually used for commercial purposes. They are usually standard in schools, airports, office buildings, and hospitality. There are several things to consider when trying to choose between broadloom carpet or carpet tiles. Keep reading for a list of things you need to know.

Carpet Tile Styles

Carpet tiles come in a wide variety of different colors and styles. They are available in numerous fiber types, many sizes, different pile styles, and manufactured and adhesive types. It means that it is way more likely to find a carpet tile equivalent to the roll of carpet you were considering or would have otherwise used in your home. Carpet is known for having very durable backing. The backing material options include: vinyl, fiberglass, vinyl/fiberglass, woven, urethane,  polypropylene, recycled vinyl, and a few more. More important than the type of backing is the manufacturer’s warranty, which will protect the investment against shrinking, curling, and buckling. When this happens to the tiles, it not only looks bad, but may also lead to a safety hazard because it is open to have someone trip or fall.

Carpet Tile Variety

When choosing carpet tiles for your business, beyond considering the color and style, it is important to remember the big picture. You may be sold by looking at one tile, but envisioning the floor as a whole will help keep the finished floor from looking like a crazy pattern. If you plan on using tiles to create a pattern, envisioning the entire floor will ensure the pattern comes out the way you intended. It is also important to consider the sizes of the tiles, as they are available in multiple options. The tile size will impact the overall look of the finished floor.
Pros of Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles have several benefits including:

•         Easier installation than standard rolled carpet. Do-it-yourself kits are available. These kits make it simple with instructions, and even measuring the tiles for the installation.

• Easier cleaning and care. The tiles do not require any padding or glue to install them. Individual carpet tiles can be removed for cleaning, and replaced when dry. If one area of the floor becomes damaged, the tile can be replaced without replacing the entire floor.

• Carpet tiles allow for freedom with design, allowing you to give more depth and texture to a room.

Carpet tiles also come with disadvantages, including:

•         The seams of the carpet tiles are more easily seen when compared to wall-to-wall carpet rolls. Without careful installation, the seams could appear uneven.
•         Carpet tiles are less durable to wall-to-wall carpet, meaning they will wear down faster. When used in high traffic areas, they are more likely to come up at the edges.
•         Like their carpet roll counterpart, they are not ideal for areas subject to moisture where mold and mildew may become an issue. The sub-floor needs to be clean and even for the best possible installation result.
•         Carpet tiles are generally more expensive than carpet rolls.
With this information in mind, you will be able to make the best decision for your budget and particular situation.

For more information feel free to contact me:
Juan Werner 
(305) 945-2973

You are also welcome to visit us at our showroom located in:
364 NE 167th St
Miami, FL 33162

Monday, November 3, 2014

Choosing Condominium Hallway Carpet.

When designing a commercial space, carpet is the floor treatment most recommended by designers because of the amount of foot traffic they get on any given day. In hallways of co-ops and condominiums, it is very typical to see commercial grade wall-to-wall carpeting used on much of the floors space. Carpeting wall-to-wall makes the area look more expansive. Plus, since sound bounces like crazy on a floor, it's great for soundproofing which residents really appreciate.

Additionally, there is just a "homely" feeling that is unmatched by laminate or tile.

In the past decade, floor covering quality and design have come a long way. In public spaces such as corridors, wall-to-wall carpet is best used where the original floor is not valuable. It is more comfortable than hard surface and it reduces noise levels. When looking for a new commercial carpet, one must keep in mind sound control, design, and budget.

Commercial carpeting can last 15 years or more with proper care. Commercial carpet is made from synthetics or synthetic/natural blend wool fibers. Although natural fiber carpets are more elegant and perhaps appealing for residential applications, they do not always meet commercial standards for stain and flame resistance.

Synthetics can absorb oil and stains quicker than wool blend. However, nylon can easily be cleaned and stays looking newer longer, thus making it a great choice for commercial carpeting. Synthetic fiber carpets are designed specifically to withstand a high level of traffic and are often warrantied for several years.

The range is vast when talking about the cost of floor coverings. Good-quality commercial carpeting can fit right into any building's budget. A low-end, but decent quality commercial carpet can be as little as about $25 per square yard, installed. While more luxurious fibers and custom goods can run as high as $250 per square yard installed.

For more information feel free to contact me:
Juan Werner 
(305) 945-2973

You are also welcome to visit us at our showroom located in:
364 NE 167th St

Miami, FL 33162