When you move into a new home, condo or business, you may want to replace the carpet since you don't know the history of the flooring, or you may just want to upgrade the flooring in your existing home or business. If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, a carpet upgrade is another way to help it sell faster. You might even want to make anyone who enters the home while it's for sale remove their shoes so that they realize and appreciate the new carpet.  A fresh coat of interior paint before installing the new carpet will help your home appear a lot newer than you may realize.

If you're replacing carpet for a home you are about to sell, then some of the advice below may not pertain to you since you will not know who the new occupants will be.

If you will continue to live in the space where the new carpet is to be installed, then consider some of the following factors when selecting the new carpet for your living or work space.

Define your needs for the newly carpeted space.

How much foot traffic do you expect in the area?

How do you want the area to look?

What colors have you considered?

Are you allergic to any specific materials used in some of the carpet manufacturing process?

Are there any specific accessibility requirements that you need to add?


A long time ago the dominant material used to create carpet was wool. Today the most popular material is nylon. Generally there are 5 types of carpet fibers that you will encounter.

Nylon, Olefin, Polyester, Wool, or Acrylic are the most common types of materials that you may encounter as you shop around at different carpet stores.

Nylon is one of the costlier synthetic fibers used in manufacturing but it also happens to be very durable which is a quality needed for any type of flooring. Carpets made from nylon tend to avoid matting and soiling for a reasonable amount of time.

Wool is considered a premium fiber for a carpet. Wool carpet can cost up to twice as much as its nylon counterparts.

Polypropylene, which is also referred to as Olefin, is a lower cost option that is durable, resistant to staining, and colorfast. Despite its durability, this carpet is susceptible to crushing and will burn or melt at a much lower temperature than standard carpet. So this isn't recommended for people that smoke in the house.

Polyester is similar to Olefin and has some of the same flaws such as crushing under furniture. But the color options and available patterns along with the fact that it is made up of recycled materials will make it an attractive choice to homeowners.

Acrylic is a fiber you will most likely find in rugs, but more manufacturers are making products out of acrylic since it closely resembles the appearance of more expensive wool carpets and is a bit more durable.

Cut Pile vs Loop Pile

Cut Pile is usually the preferred of the two since it has a softer feel to it and is a lot more plush than Loop Pile. For home or residential applications, texture plush carpet is a better option. Cut Pile Saxony carpet is a nice option for more luxurious applications.

Loop Pile is more durable and generally recommended for commercial applications, rental properties, and businesses. Berber carpet is another Loop Pile option that masks wear and tear as well as soiling in an effective manner. Carpets that are made for commercial applications will have shorter loops that are packed more tightly .

Not that you have a better understanding of the materials and design used when making carpet, you should visit our showroom and examine all of the samples we have available. Then you can experience the look and feel first hand of the various carpet manufacturers that make flooring for your home.

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Euro Flooring and Design Center, Inc.

Euro Flooring and Design Center, Inc.
4424 US Highway 19 N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
Phone: 727-545-9900

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