When choosing new carpet for your Parker home, you’ll encounter two main types: loop pile and cut pile. If you haven’t compared carpet styles before, these terms might not mean much to you. But the pile type can actually have a significant impact on the comfort, durability, and ease of maintenance of a carpet. Read on to learn more about loop and cut pile from our experts at Floor Coverings International Parker:
What is Carpet Pile?
Carpet pile is the surface of a carpet – the exposed fibers that you see and feel when you walk across a carpet. Piles come in a variety of lengths and materials, but they can also be either looped or cut. Aside from color, the pile is probably the most important aspect to consider when choosing a carpet.
With the traditional weaving process, all pile starts out as looped. The fibers are woven in and out of the backing in tightly packed loops, resulting in a firm and knotted pile. Berber and level loop are two examples of loop pile carpeting.
One of the advantages of loop pile is that it’s trackless (meaning that it doesn’t show footprints or vacuum tracks). Loop pile carpets also tend to be easier to clean, since dirt and liquids sit on the surface of the carpet rather than spreading deeper into the fibers.
To create a cut pile carpet, the loops are clipped, resulting in fibers that are only attached at one end. Examples of cut pile carpeting include saxony and frieze styles.
Cut pile carpets are usually ideal for areas where comfort is your top priority. Cut pile carpeting tends to be soft and cushioned, and in the case of frieze, the twisted fibers are free to move. However, cut pile can be harder to clean since the cut fibers make it easier for spills to seep into the carpet.
Floor Coverings International Parker is here to help you choose the perfect carpeting style for your home. We even offer free consultations to homeowners in the Parker, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch area. Give us a call today!
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