There's a good reason why carpet is, and always will be, one of the most popular choices.  Not only does it add elegance to a home, but it’s the ultimate workhorse!

There’s something for everyone and, thanks to technology, the variety just keeps expanding. Walk into a flooring store and there's an overwhelming assortment of color palettes, styles, fibers, and constructions. 

Just because there’s something for everyone doesn’t mean that everything is for everyone. Here’s how to choose the right one for you.

The more information you give your retailer, the better he or she can advise you on the right carpet flooring for you.

Consider your lifestyle

One of the biggest, if not the biggest, mistake people make when selecting carpet or any flooring is to buy one that doesn’t fit with their lifestyle.  Do you have any extra durability needs?  What is your home’s overall style? Is your home busy and hectic or rather quiet with just one or two people? 

Don't confuse stain resistance with soil-repellent!

A stain is when you spill something, such as a glass of red wine, and it soaks all the way through and gets into the dye lot, leaving a mark on the carpet floors.  That mark is a stain, which needs to be scrubbed out.

Soil repellent means that some residue, such as dirt or even soap, lies on the surface.

Which fiber for you?

There are both natural and synthetic fibers.

  • Wool is the most well-known and popular natural rug.  It is all-white, but it does have oils that make it stand up to stains.
  • Nylon.  This synthetic is known for its super strength. It’s absorbent, so stain protectant will need to be applied.
  • Polyester.  While this is somewhat less resilient than nylon, it is known for not absorbing liquids, so it resists stains.
  • Olefin.  This isn't durable, but that factor increases if it is used in the Berber style.  That is because Berber is a cut and loop pattern, which uses the strongest part of the olefin fiber.  It has an excellent stain, but not soil resistance.

There is a fifth, relatively new fiber, called Triexta (under the carpet brand name SmartStrand).  This has permanent stain resistance built into the fiber.  It is also known for its great strength.

Come into the A&D Carpets & Hardwood showroom
when you’re in the August, GA area, and ask about our flooring estimates!