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Fiber is the basic material that is used to make carpet. Over 90% of all of the carpet made today is made up of synthetic fiber. The rest is natural fiber, most commonly wool. Synthetic fibers are usually made up of one of three materials: nylon, polypropylene or polyester. All three are
created by similar chemical processes using oil and natural gas. Understanding a few simple basics about carpet will help you make the right choice for your lifestyle and budget. Below are some questions and answers regarding carpet:

Can I save money by buying a less expensive carpet and putting the best cushion under it?

There is no question that a good cushion is critical to carpet performance, but remember that you walk directly on the carpet so you want carpet constructed to meet your needs and lifestyle. If you buy a cheaper carpet that doesn't meet your needs, you will have a cushion that feels great, but you may not be satisfied with the look or wear of your carpet.

If I bend the carpet and see the backing does this mean the carpet is low quality?

No. All carpets, except woven carpets, are made with spaces between the tufts (ends). Remember, except for stairs, carpet is flat on the floor. You can feel the thickness or density of different carpets by sticking your fingers in the pile, but do it on a flat surface. As a general rule, thicker, tighter, denser carpets perform better.

Does a rating system insure that I get the right carpet?

A rating system developed by a manufacturer is their own evaluation of products based on their set of standards and “testing” methods. These Rating Systems cannot be compared across manufacturers since most are based on people’s opinion and not strict testing methods.

Some great products/manufacturers we work with are:

  • Aladdin
  • Atlas
  • Beaulieu
  • Bigelow
  • B AKA Burtco
  • Blue Ridge
  • Cambridge
  • Camelot
  • Constantine
  • Custom Weave
  • Design Weave
  • Fiber Works
  • Helios
  • Kane
  • Lees
  • Lotus
  • Masland
  • Mannington
  • Merida
  • Mohawk
  • Milliken
  • Philadelphia
  • Robertex
  • Royal Dutch
  • Stanton
  • Shaw
  • Tuftex
  • Unique
  • Van Dijk