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CARPETS

Choose from a range of carpet solutions for business and residential areas.

Carpet has been a mainstay of the home for many decades, its warmth and softness offering a cosy feel that no other floor can match.

Traditionally woven from wool, recently man-made fibres and tufted carpets have come to dominate, many of which offer stain-resistance to withstand the trials of busy family life.

These carpets offer excellent value and fibre types such as polypropylene, wool and nylon can be mixed to benefit from individual properties.

Carpet offers the home a great range of benefits, not only ‘locking’ away dust and dirt until it’s vacuumed up, but also providing comfort underfoot, reducing sound and helping rooms to feel warmer.

 

Of course, for maximum effect a good quality underlay should be used. For families really wanting that cosy and traditional feel, carpet should be high up on the list and if you need reassurance that stains can be easily removed, choose a stain-resistant variety.

CHOOSING A CARPET

There are plenty of fibre types of carpet and carpet styles to choose from. Learn more about why carpet is a great choice for your home flooring.

There are a variety of carpet styles, patterns and colours to choose from to satisfy any personal style and match any décor.

Carpet’s cushioned surface absorbs sound and is less noisy to walk on than hard surface flooring.

When considering affordability, carpet is one of the most economical flooring products to have installed.

The insulating properties of carpet provide additional warmth underfoot during cold seasons.

Carpet is a non-slip surface that is safe underfoot and provides a cushion to prevent breakage when delicate items are accidentally dropped.

Most synthetic carpets are treated with static, stain and soil resistant treatments, making them easy to clean and maintain.

 

Stain Resistant Carpet – Consider how you live in each room. If you have kids, pets, and high traffic areas or entertain a lot, you will want to choose a carpet with stain resistance. The desire to protect your home with quality stain resistance won’t limit your choice of carpet styles and colours.

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CARPET FIBRE TYPES

To pick the right carpet fibre, consider how you live in each room. There are four basic types of carpet fibre:

Nylon – Nylon is the most durable and stain resistant carpet fibre available, when treated with stain protection. It is the fibre of choice for homes with pets and children and for those who entertain a lot. This is perfect for heavy traffic in hallways and stairs.

Polyester – Polyester is known for its luxurious look, feel and wonderful selection of colours and styles. It’s a good value for homes with a normal amount of traffic.

Olefin – Olefin offers good stain and moisture resistance, but scores below nylon and polyester for wearability It is best suited for loop pile construction or high, very dense cut piles.

 

Wool – Favoured for its natural beauty. Wool carpet has natural soil resistance qualities, but is not inherently stain resistant. Wool looks good for a long time and is well constructed.

CARPET TEXTURES

Quality construction will affect the durability, appearance and price of the carpet and is most influenced by the twist of the fibres and the density of the tufts.

Twist – Twist refers to how tightly the fibre (carpet yarn) has been twisted. The tighter the yarn is twisted, the better the carpet will stand up to crushing and matting. This is especially important in cut pile carpet, because the tips are exposed and can easily become untwisted.

Density – Density refers to both the amount, and how tightly packed together the fibres are within the carpet. The closer together the fibres are placed, the denser the carpet will be, and the better it will wear and perform.

There are three basic carpet construction types that are used to create a variety of different styles and textures

Cut Pile or Plush – Cut pile carpet consists of yarns that are cut at the ends. The soft feel of cut pile carpet makes it a perfect choice for the most comfortable areas of your home – bedrooms, living rooms and family rooms.There are five basic styles of cut pile carpet: Velvet, Saxony, Frieze, Shag, and Cable, each provide a different look and texture. The primary difference among these styles is the amount of twist in the yarns that will ultimately influence the carpet’s durability.

Loop or Loop-pile – Loop carpet has yarns that are looped and uncut on the carpet surface. The pile height can vary from low, tightly constructed to a more luxurious high-level pile. Loop carpet has, strength and soil hiding capabilities. This style is ideal for heavy traffic areas. Berber is the most popular style of loop carpet that can be constructed as a level-loop or multi-loop carpet.

 

Cut-loop – As the name suggests, this carpet has a combination of high cut tufts and lower loops in a variety of sculptured patterns. Cut-loop carpets offer good performance but are slightly less durable than loop carpets.

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