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Carpet Before you Buy

Things to know before laying down money or carpet.

It’s a fact. Choosing the best carpet is really about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget to best meet the needs of your lifestyle.

We want you to know all of the important carpet facts and we’ve created this section specifically for that purpose.


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Carpet Is Available

In 12’, 15’ and sometimes 13’ widths.


Unless the room to be carpeted is narrower than these widths, the carpet will be seamed.


With looped or low-profile patterned carpet you may have visible or peaked seams.


The degree of their visibility depends on texture, color, lighting and furniture placement.

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A Note on Backing and Loops

Be aware that, as carpet bends over stairs, its backing may show depending on texture, color and density.


Plus, you should know that looped carpet can snag, particularly at a seam or at a carpet transition.


But never fear, in the Carpet Floor Care section we provide information on how to properly care for looped carpet.

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COURSE

 The nap of all carpets run in one direction.


Pile reversal, or shading, is a normal characteristic of many cut pile style carpets.


If this becomes an issue, consider window treatments and furniture placement as a way to minimize this effect.

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DURABILIT

Higher quality carpet will typically have greater pile density, and tighter twist construction, which will result in better durability. Another consideration is that it’s easier to replace or update a home’s décor with carpet compared to other hard surface products. Dollar for dollar carpet offers significant styling advantages, and adds value to any home. Carpet also feels warm underfoot and reduces household noise.

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COLOR

 An important consideration about carpet color is that once a carpet is installed in a new home, it will often look lighter than the sample you saw in the store. This is a natural optical effect and you should be aware of this when making a carpet color selection.


Another thing to keep in mind is how the color of carpet affects the apparent size of the room. Lighter colored carpet will visually expand the size of the room. Darker carpeting will seem to bring the walls closer together, and create a more intimate feeling.


Neutral colors are the best choice if you expect to frequently change the decorating scheme, or if you’re trying to incorporate a lot of existing furniture. Using a neutral colored, good quality carpet is a good idea if the

home will be resold any time soon. It’s easier for a prospective buyer to imagine their furniture in a room that is decorated with neutral colors.

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COURSE

 The nap of all carpets run in one direction.


Pile reversal, or shading, is a normal characteristic of many cut pile style carpets.


If this becomes an issue, consider window treatments and furniture placement as a way to minimize this effect.