The four main types of carpeting are; Berber-style, nylon, Olefin, and carpet woven polyester. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, but each type can be used in many different room designs. In addition, certain types of carpeting may be used to create the illusion of more space. Here are the four most common types of carpet:
Berber-style carpeting is made by interlinking long strip of cloth (hence, Bermuda) with parallel slits in the upper and lower edge. They are easy to work with because there is not a lot of measuring involved-it just needs to be evenly spaced from each other. When manufactured properly, they have a “sure-fit” appearance that adds to their charm.
Nylon carpeting is made from long strands of yarn (hence, nylon) and they are easy to install. Often, nylon carpets have a plush, satin finish that resists dirt and stains. However, nylon is susceptible to matting, especially if the loop pile is not straight or tightly packed.
A popular type of pile carpet is the freestanding fiber/loop pile. Freestanding fibers are arranged in bundles similar to a rope or a sail, so when laid they form a texture similar to felt. These are most commonly used in high-traffic areas, such as hallways and entryways. Due to their tendency to bunch up when walked on, they tend to wear out quickly-frize tends to wear out within two years.
Another popular carpet texture is the cut pile. Cut pile materials are made by weaving long, tightly-folded fibers together, much like a jute bundle. This type of carpet is relatively inexpensive but is less durable than other types of loop pile.
The last major type of texture is the textured. Textured carpets contain small pieces of yarn that are woven together, rather than the yarn of natural yarn. Because they contain many smaller pieces (hence the name, textured), they tend to resist stains more than other types of carpets, but they are very low maintenance.
One reason for the resistance to staining is that the pieces of yarn don’t cling to each other. As with a cut pile or a sail carpet, the loops in a textured carpet do not bunch up. Because of this, if you have pets, you can easily keep them off your new carpet with a simple wipe down. In fact, most experts would say that the best kind of carpet to get for outdoor areas is one that contains a high proportion of berber.
Berber carpets have high quality fiber, which makes them highly durable. This means that it is possible to get a carpet at the same price as another, cheaper type of carpet. Since berber is used in both indoor and outdoor carpets, manufacturers often combine the two types of carpets in one product. For instance, while some flooring company would sell you a lower quality carpet that is also used in an outdoor carpet, they could also sell you the same carpet with the added feature of being used indoors.
Another characteristic of Berber carpet is that it resists stains from staining quickly. The wool, like the cotton fibers, acts as natural stain repelers. While wool might stain more slowly than cotton, it does not stain as quickly or as much. This means that by using wool regularly, you can keep your floors looking as good as new, even though you might have spilled a glass of red wine on them.