Cut Pile carpet
The style of "cut pile" refers to the way the material is created (2). Its woven loops are all cut to the same height and tufted at the end. This creates a softer, cozier, and more dense-looking appearance. This makes the room warmer, the floor cozier, and the home more child-friendly. Essentially cut pile breaks down into the following categories:Back to top
Certainly the most common type of carpeting, saxony resembles a towel in both appearance and texture. Soft to the touch, this kind of carpeting is unfortunately subject to wear over time (3). It is also one of the most opulent material available and ideal for kids and those who spend a lot of time on the floor.
Just like the name implies, this soft material is another comfortable, pillow-esque carpeting. This is definitely the go-to for families with infants and children, as the carpet provides an agreeable play setting. Avoid moisture damage, however.
Frieze is in essence the "curly hair" variant of cut pile carpeting. It's curly and wavy, and creates a unique texture for your flooring (4). Frieze is very similar to shag carpeting, but with more of an emphasis on the twisting fibers (5). Due to the long fibers, Frieze is quite excellent at hiding seams in your flooring. Use this to your advantage when rooms are wider than your carpet.
Unlike other cut pile styles, cable is made from longer, thicker strands of yarn. This gives it an incredible look at the cost of durability. Cable is best for bedrooms and low traffic areas, you wouldn't want to install this in a hallway or along stairs. Otherwise it looks amazing and can last a long time with proper care.
Generally made from nylon, wool or olefin, loop pile carpeting is not sheared at the same length, and therefore has many different sized loops in the material (6). This makes it some of the most durable carpeting available and perfect for either residential or commercial use. Usually loop pile comes in an array of colors and patterns and is incredibly economic.Back to top
Cut and Loop Pile
This is basically the two carpeting methods combined. Some loops are cut the same, and some are not. This creates a unique visual effect that doesn't sacrifice durability. The end result is a new type of carpeting that can be used for any room in the home. This hybrid is perfect for homes that want both aesthetics and functionality.Back to top
Sometimes a new carpet is needed for a room. This can really tie a room together. Installing carpeting can modernize a room or simply give it a fresher look. Nothing quite says "finished" like a new carpet. Carpet installers work effectively, but can still charge $20 - $40 dollars an hour for the job (7). Carpets are usually made out of:
When you're looking to have a new floor installed in your home, you're going to need to have the carpet removed first. The main reason you'll need a professional do this is because although they may not look like it, carpets are actually quite bulky and difficult to move when lifted off the floor. Additionally, if you're not familiar with a carpet knife, you could end up damaging your home or hurting yourself in the process. This is the first step to having a new material laid down or to simply enjoy your flooring as is.Back to top
It's inevitable, the regular wear and tear of being in a high traffic area of your home is eventually going to damage your carpeting. When this happens, look into getting carpet repair for your home interior. This will save your carpet from any stitches, tears, and holes in the material as well as prolong its lifespan. Each job will vary in cost according to the severity of the work needed to be done.
- • Small tear: $50 - $70
- • Average cost: $180 - $230
- • Large rip: $350 - $400
- • Burn marks: $190 - $350
Wear and tear is a common issue with rugs and carpets. While little repair jobs can prolong the lifespan of your carpeting material, that's not the be all end all solution. Sometimes the damage is so great, you'll need to replace the carpeting all together. There are many reasons your carpet may be damaged beyond repair, including:
- • Stains
- • Kids
- • Pets
- • Smoke damage
- • Odor
- • Carpet padding damage
- • Allergens
- • Dust mites
- • Invasive insects
- • Carpets over a decade old
One of the most common forms of carpeting repair is simply to stretch the carpeting so that rips and breaks are covered up (8). Carpet stretching also conveniently removes any creases, wrinkles, or lines in the carpeting. Essentially this technique will rid your carpet of any "tents" that have been pitched over time. This can be very advantageous when used on an older loop pile carpet, as the process makes it look like it was freshly installed. While DIY methods are available, none are as beneficial as opting for professional service. Pricing for carpet stretching is dependent upon several issues, so here's a rough cost breakdown.
- • Per hour: $60 (more if furniture must be removed)
- • Pre stretching labor: $0.30 - $0.50 per square foot
- • Per square foot: $25
- • Minimum: $100
- • Per room: $200 - $250
- • Average total: $135 - $288
Certainly one of the most common services on the list, carpet cleaning is the best way to prolong the lifespan of your carpentry while making your home look as presentable as possible. If you notice any dirt buildup, marks, or stains, it's best to deal with them immediately, preferably as soon as it's spotted (9). Different cleaning methods for different spills are sometimes required (10).Back to top
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