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23 Nov 2020

What Carpet Should I Get?

Finding the right carpet for your room is the next step in finishing off your home décor. Carpet helps make a room cozy and comfortable to enhance the room’s personality. There’s a wide range of fibers, textures, and styles to choose from. It’s important to make an informed decision when selecting the carpeting for each room in your home. You’ll want to protect your financial investment!
Best Carpet & Flooring, a dedicated carpet company near your Pittsburgh home, provides these guidelines when tackling your carpet selection.

Carpet Fibers

A visually appealing and durable carpet can be made from either natural or synthetic fibers. When starting the selection process, you’ll want to consider the differences in each fibers’ resistance to abrasion, staining, fading, and crushing.


Perfect for areas that are low traffic or highly visible, wool is great for the master bedroom or a formal living room.

  • Soft feels
  • Fair abrasion resistance
  • Excellent crush resistance
  • Moderate stain resistance
  • Poor sunlight resistance
  • Burn Test: Self-extinguishes


This type of fiber is popular for hallways, children’s bedrooms, playrooms, or high-use living rooms.

  • Easy to clean
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Excellent crush resistance
  • Stain resistant
  • Poor sunlight resistance
  • Burn Test: Burns slowly


Best suited for moderate to low traffic areas, polyester is most often found in formal dining rooms, studies, or home entertainment rooms

  • Moderate abrasion resistance
  • Crush resistance depends on density
  • Resists water-soluble stains
  • Good sunlight resistance
  • Burn Test: Burns slowly


Often found in areas where spills are common and traffic is low, this type of fiber is perfect for guest bedrooms or screened porches.

  • Olefin is lightweight and relatively inexpensive!
  • Easy to clean
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Poor crush resistance Excellent stain resistance
  • Poor sunlight resistance
  • Burn Test: Burns

Carpet Pile

Tufted carpet is the most popular carpet type sold in the United States. It is comprised of yarn that is inserted into a primary backing which creates a pile with a second backing that gives it stability and strength. There are three general types:

  • Cut Pile: Wide range of densities and suitable for most living spaces
  • Loop Pile: Loops form carpet surface, tends to be super durable
  • Cut & Loop Pile: Wide variety of patterns and designs, hides soil

When considering the quality of tufted carpeting, pay attention to:

  • Density
  • Pile Weight
  • Pile Height

Tufted carpeting that is high in density and high in pile weight typically has more yarn covering the primary backing which increases the durability of the carpet. A longer pile is more visually appealing but is prone to crushing. The denser the carpet the better!

Carpet Padding

Essential no matter what type of carpet is selected, carpet padding provides cushioning and insulation to each carpeted room. The carpet pad enhances the longevity of the carpet, acts as a sound buffer, and assists in temperature control.

The type and thickness depend on traffic levels and patterns. Most residential carpet should have a thickness between ¼ – 7/16 inches with a 6 pound per cubic foot density. Berber short pile should be no more than 3/8 inches thick with an 8-pound density.

The right carpet enhances the comfort of the room! When searching the internet for carpet companies near me, reach out to Best Carpet & Flooring, Pittsburgh’s #1 carpet contractor. Best Carpet & Flooring has been serving the Pittsburgh area with customer-focused service for over 20 years. Call Best Carpet & Flooring 412-478-1396 for your carpet flooring needs! You can also reach us by contacting us on our website!

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