Every industry has its own jargon that people outside of the business aren’t family with—including flooring. But unfortunately, sometimes it can be hard to describe what you’re looking for if you don’t know the right terms. This is especially true when it comes to carpeting, since there are so many unique words used to describe this type of flooring. Before you start shopping for Denver carpeting, here are the terms that you should learn:
Natural vs. Synthetic Fibers
Carpets can be made out of either natural or synthetic fibers. The latter refers to any type of fiber that is man made, including polyester and nylon, whereas the former refers to any fiber that is not man made, such as seagrass and wool. Learn about comparing synthetic and natural carpet fibers
The face weight of a carpet is the weight of the carpet per square yard, in ounces. Customers often believe that a carpet’s face weight is directly related to its durability, but that’s not the case. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to look for a heavier carpet simply because you think that it will last longer.
The fiber twist, which is often referred to as simply the twist, is the number of times the fibers of the carpet are twisted around. To calculate the fiber twist, take a close look at a one-inch sample of carpet fiber and count the number of observable twists. The higher the number, the higher the quality of the carpet, so this is an important feature to pay attention to when shopping for new flooring.
As you search for the perfect flooring, it’s possible that you will hear someone refer to a carpet as “trackless.” This term is used to describe a specific type of carpet with tightly twisted fibers. The tight twists make the carpet more durable and resistant to wear and tear, so it’s perfect for areas of your home that tend to get a lot of foot traffic.
Many carpets come with a wear warranty, which is also known as a quality assurance warranty. These warranties typically cover damages that occur within five to ten years after the carpet is installed. However, it’s important to read the fine print of the warranty so you can learn exactly what is and is not covered. You should not expect this type of warranty to cover any sign of normal wear and tear that appears on your carpet.
The term blooming may bring images of beautiful flowers to mind, but it has a very different meaning in the carpeting world. Blooming refers to the unraveling of the twists of fiber that make up the carpet.
Now that you know the lingo, it’s time to get in touch with the experts at Design Craft! Design Craft is a family-owned business in the greater Denver area. We specialize in various flooring and window treatments, and pride ourselves on our customer service and attention to detail. Contact us
today for an estimate by calling 303-683-7200!