Carpet and Rugs

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Depending on what it is made of, carpet can have different overall performance, such as resistance to high traffic (think stairs and family rooms versus seldom used guest rooms), resistance to stains and soil, and resistance to fading. Better performing carpets are made with more expensive materials, and carpets with better overall performance are typically made with Nylon fiber. You get what you pay for! Materials and services for a hardwood installation:

Types of Carpet & Construction

The manufacturing of carpet (carpet styles / types of carpet) - which can be described as sewing strands of yarn into a backing material - creates thousands of yarn loops.

When the loops are cut, we create a CUT PILE carpet, often known as PLUSH or texture carpet and even friezes.

When the loops remain uncut, we create a LOOP carpet.

These two options can be combined to create various CONSTRUCTION possibilities:

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    When the loops remain uncut, you create a loop pile carpet.

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    When the loops remain uncut and the loops have multiple heights, the result is a patterned loop carpet.

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    When the loops are cut, you create a cut pile carpet.

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    When cuts and loops are combined, you can create a wide range of patterns.



Let’s face it. You get what you pay for. If you want your carpet to have a great pile density and tighter twist construction (which leads to improved durability), then you’re going to want to go with a higher quality (and more expensive) product. New carpet adds value to any home, so it’s an investment worth making.


Types of Carpet.

There are four basic fibers that are used to manufacture carpets today, and they all have unique qualities and strengths. Better still, they all make excellent carpets. Ultimately, your choice should be determined by the characteristics that are most important to you and your home.

Nylon in overall performance characteristics, nylon is the most versatile of all fibers, providing excellent durability and flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles. Nylon is the most commonly used carpet fiber and can be found in a wide range of both cut pile and loop pile styles. Nylon also has great color flexibility and uniformity, and many nylon yarn systems are exceptionally soft. Though not inherently stain resistant, most Shaw carpets made with nylon feature a stain-resist carpet treatment for protection against household spills and stains. 

Shaw’s premium branded Anso nylon is also Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified, meaning its design has been evaluated to assess its positive impact on both people and the environment. The Cradle to Cradle certification process looks at a number of factors, including the use of environmentally safe and healthy materials, design for recycling, water and energy efficiency, and social responsibility.

Polyester offers exceptional softness and color clarity, and is also naturally stain and fade resistant. Although polyester is not as inherently strong and durable as nylon, Shaw’s carpets made of polyester fiber still perform very well. Polyester styles are good choices for low - to medium - traffic settings such as bedrooms and represent great value for your home.

Polypropylene unlike other fiber types will not absorb water, so it is solution dyed. Solution dyeing is a process in which color is actually built into the fiber when it is formed making the color an inherent part that cannot be removed from the fiber. This means the color will not fade, even when exposed to intense sunlight, bleaches, atmospheric contaminants, or other harsh chemicals or elements. Polypropylene is normally used in loop pile construction in which there is less need for resiliency because it is not as strong as other fibers.

PTT (Polytrimethylene Terephthalate) is a polyester fiber, first patented in 1941, but it was not until the 1990s, when Shell Chemicals developed a low-cost method of producing high-quality 1,3-propanediol (PDO), the starting raw material for PTT polyester, that commercial production of the company’s Corterra polymers was possible. Shaw introduced the first BCF PTT (Corterra) residential carpet in the United States in 2001. PTT features good resiliency and excellent inherent stain resistance. Recently, some manufacturers have begun applying a topical treatment to PTT carpets. While adequate for staining, PTT still attracts dry and oily soil substances, leading to premature wear in high traffic areas. For this reason, many oil-based stains are extremely difficult to remove.


Nap (Pile Shading)

A carpet’s nap runs in a single direction, making pile reversal or the shading you see from a vacuum trail, completely normal for most cut pile styles. If you’re not a fan of this, window treatments and furniture placement can minimize the effect.


Frequently Asked Questions About Carpet.

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Is carpet an emitting product? 

New carpet is a very low emitter. As with most other indoor products, choosing a low-emitting product, ventilating, and cleaning are the keys to good air quality.

How long do new carpet emissions last? 

New carpetÓ³ emission level will drop significantly within the first 24 hours of carpet installation, and with fresh air ventilation, the emission level will dissipate to an undetectable level within 48-72 hours.

What is the new carpet odor that sometimes is present after the carpet installation? 

This possible odor usually comes from a by-product of the synthetic latex binder used to hold the fibers and backing together. It, like a new car odor, will dissipate within a few days, and it is not harmful.

Regarding indoor air quality, is there any difference between natural and synthetic fibers? 

No, all types of carpet have very low emission levels, regardless of whether they are natural or synthetic fibers. Fibers typically do not produce detectable chemical emissions. Emissions typically originate from from the synthetic latex binder. However, fibers may absorb odors from the environment and slowly emit these odors. For example, In instances surrounding smoke damage, all fibers will absorb these odors and slowly release the chemicals associated with these odors.

If I am sensitive to natural latex, will carpet produce sensitivity (allergic) reactions?

No, carpet uses synthetic latex, which has no natural proteins that normally produce allergic reactions.

Will carpet removal eliminate my allergic symptoms?

Probably not. There may be a short term improvement, but allergic symptoms inevitably return. Many societies, which do not use carpet, have allergy rates much higher than the U.S. population and some attribute this increased allergy rate to the use of hard surface flooring. After carpet removal, you may begin to notice airborne dust levels (and settled dust on other furnishings) increase significantly, because carpet has the ability to absorb these dust and allergen particles.

If carpet removal does not reduce allergic symptoms, why has my allergist recommended that I remove my carpet?

Since an allergy vaccine has yet to be developed, allergists practice an avoidance theory of preventive medicine. This belief holds that if all allergens and places where allergen can be held are eliminated, patients will realize a benefit. Unfortunately, this practice has had very limited success.



Carpet covers a large part of any room, so it’s vital that you consider some basic rules when selecting its color. First off, know that once your carpet is installed, it’s going to look lighter in color than the sample you saw in the store. Don’t ask us why, that’s just the way it is — kinda like losing a sock in the dryer. Next, recognize that color can affect the apparent size of a room. Call it a visual illusion or a trick of the light, but lighter carpet makes a room look larger and darker colors make a room look smaller and more intimate. If you like to redecorate often or plan to move soon, go neutral. It’s much easier to imagine furniture in a room that is decorated with neutral colors.