Shopping tips for carpet

Walk into our flooring store, and you will see hundreds of styles, colors, and designs for your carpet flooring. It’s easy to get distracted and go for the prettiest fashion, but there are many factors to consider when buying a rug. We are your one-stop source for carpet in Cedar Point and are here to point you in the right direction.

What room will it be installed in?

Is it a room that’s the center of family activity or used only for guests? Does that room have extra durability or stain resistance needs, such as the family room where it’s not unusual for people to eat in front of the television? Is it large or small, sunny or dark? This will help us get you the perfect floor covering.

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Basic terms

There are natural and synthetic (man-made) fibers, and neither is better than the other and will depend upon how much you value specific characteristics. Natural fibers are manufactured by objects found in nature, while synthetics tend to be more resistant to stains. The five most common are wool, a natural; nylon, known for strength; polyester is recognized for superior stain resistance. Olefin is budget-friendly and often associated with the Berber style. Triexta is known for its strength and permanent stain resistance built into the fiber.

The pile refers to fiber height. A high pile rug has long, loose fibers and can be seen in shag or frieze-type rugs. Low pile ones have short, tightly woven fibers, such as the Berber style. The iconic Saxony is neither high nor low, and it comes in two textures: plush, which is velvety and somewhat formal and textured.

How to identify quality

Density, not necessarily weight, determines quality. It refers to how closely the fibers are tufted together. We will show you a density number, which ranges from 1,000 to 7,000. If your carpet floors are installed in a busy room, that number should be at least 5,000.

Twist refers to the number of times each fiber is turned per one-inch length. A good twist number ranges from three to six; the higher the number, the less prone to fraying. One of the reasons frieze styles are so popular is that they have tightly-twisted fibers at number 8, ensuring high durability. 

A professional installation is important as it affects appearance, performance, and longevity. At Al Barnes Carpets, we boast quality, and craftsman-like work. Visit our showroom in Cedar Point, NC. especially if you live in Cedar Point, NC, Cape Carteret, NC, Emerald Isle, NC, Swansboro, NC, Newport, NC or Indian Beach, NC. Ask about your free quote on carpet flooring today.