“I have used US Floors three separate times to upgrade my home with tile, hardwood floors, and carpeting and cannot say enough about the excellent service and quality. The installers were efficient, courteous and cleaned up after each work session. Integrity and quality, what more can I say?”
US Floors believes their are several characteristics that determine the overall quality of a carpet. The type of fiber used and the way the carpet is constructed determines the basic performance. Quality can also be enhanced by the way the fibers, or yarns, are twisted and heat set, and by the density of the tufts. Densely tufted carpet with a deep pile height has a luxurious feel; however, pile height is really a matter of personal choice and does not, in itself, denote durability.
This refers to the amount of pile yarn in the carpet and the closeness of the tufts. Generally speaking, the denser the carpet, the more luxurious the product.
This is the winding of the yarn around itself. A tighter twist provides enhanced durability. Sometimes referred to as “the backbone” of a carpet.
This is the process that sets the twist using heat or steam, enabling yarns to hold their twist over time. This is an extremely Important step in manufacturing yarn used in cut pile carpet. Almost all nylon, olefin and polyester cut pile carpets are heat-set.
This is a type of mesh used to provide a base cloth into which the yarn is tufted. Primary backing is often made of strands of polypropylene fibers, woven into a mesh. Secondary backing, also often woven polypropylene, is adhered to the primary backing once the carpet has been tufted and dyed (if the yarn has not been previously dyed). A latex coating is then applied and the backing is then heat pressed together.
Most manufacturers have a rating scale for choosing carpet for various traffic areas- high, moderate, or low. This information can usually be found on the labels attached to carpet samples. These ratings can provide a good point of reference, but are generally not a good tool to use to compare carpets between different manufacturers.