Free Carpet Information and Buying Guide
Alan Fletcher - 30 Yr Carpet Expert / Consumer Advocate - I do not sell or install carpet.
Lifestyle Often Dictates
Best Carpet Choice
When Linda Sherwood of Lake City, Michigan purchased a looped Berber carpet for her living room, she made it clear to the salesperson that she was looking for a carpet that could withstand her four children, two dogs and a cat.
However, no one at the carpet store mentioned that a looped Berber Carpet Style isn’t a good choice for a family with small children or pets!
Sherwood didn’t find that out until just over a month after her new
carpet’s installation as she watched helplessly as a snag on the carpet
was pulled by a curious child.
Sherwood found out the truth about Looped Berber Styles while reading “The Complete Carpet Buying Guide,” by Alan J. Fletcher. With more than 30 years of experience in the carpet business, Fletcher offers expert advice to homeowners who are shopping for carpet including tips on best carpet selection, how to choose the right padding, and how to obtain qualified carpet installation. How to choose the right carpet style
Pam Louden of Grand Rapids, Mich., had a similar experience with a looped Berber
carpet style in her bedroom. “I didn't realize the dogs' nails would catch the loops and leave little
"pulls" all over the place.” Louden said. “It was like
carpeting your room with a knitted sweater.”
Large looped styles tend to mat down faster and are more prone to snags. “If you have young children or pets, it’s probably best for you to go with a plush style to avoid the possibility of unsightly snags.” Says Fletcher.
Another smart option for those homeowners with kids and pets would be to go with a non-looped Berber style. These are often referred to as "California Berbers" or also referred to as a "Cut-Pile" Berber.
Nylon Berber Cost and Durability
Nylon Berbers can easily last for 10 to 15 years or more, tolerate heavy foot traffic and resist matting and crushing of the pile. However Nylon is more costly than all other synthetic fibers and you should expect to pay at least $30 or more per square yard (carpet only).
Olefin Berber Cost and Durability
Berbers made of Olefin are less costly ($10 to $20 per square yard for carpet only), are not as durable, tend to mat down easily in traffic lanes, are harder to keep clean and tend to wear out and get ugly in 7 years or less.
Berber Carpet Installation
Installation for Berber Carpet styles is more costly too. Berber styles are hard to handle, hard to cut, hard to install on stairs and have a heavier backing system. Most installers charge extra to install looped Berber styles. Berber styles also require a thinner and more dense padding.
Call the Carpet
manufacturer to see what padding is required for the Berber style you
select. Learn about Carpet
Carpet Padding For Berber Styles
Best Overall Carpet Value
The type of materials used, the amount of fiber, its weight and density, as well as how it is constructed is all used to determine the grade. In general, the thicker and denser the pile, the higher the quality. Fletcher warns, however, that a thick polyester carpet isn’t comparable to a thick nylon carpet.
If you count the twists, five to seven twists per inch is good. Less than four twists may not meet your expectations. Learn more about Carpet Specifications Carpet Specifications Explained