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Carpet flooring: terms to know

Shopping for carpet can be pleasantly overwhelming, and if you have some basic information it will be a lot easier to choose the right rug for you. Xterior Plus has been serving the Western Virginia area for decades. When looking to make your home's vision a reality, we can guide you through the entire process, from inception to design and installation. We have a large inventory of flooring products, from carpet to hardwood and tile to luxury vinyl and more.

Since we understand the importance of proper coordination, we offer a range of home improvement products, such as doors, windows, and siding, etc. As Virginia-licensed Class-A contractors, you can rest assured that everything will be installed correctly and professionally. Visit our showroom in Wytheville, VA, and ask about our free in-home estimates. We also service surrounding areas such as Max Meadows, Galax, Hillsville, Pulaski, and Dublin.

What is pile?

There are high piles with long, loose fibers, like frieze or shag. A Berber or any cut and loop with short, tightly woven threads, is a low pile. Both are fine; it depends upon your type of installation, as well as your needs.

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Question: How is quality determined? Hint: It's not weight

Some weights can be harmful to a carpet so when looking for quality, use these two factors: density and twist. Density is how closely the fibers are tufted together, while twist refers to the number of times a fiber is twisted around a one-inch length of carpet. The higher the twist, the more durable the flooring. Twist only applies to non-loop styles because those are just bent back into the soft surface. Generally, a good twist number is three to six, and sometimes as high as eight.

What fiber for you?

This depends upon your needs (such as extra durability) or style. There are five basics:

Wool is all-natural with natural oils that repel stains and synthetics such as nylon, which is strong and stain-resistant, as long as a protectant is used. Polyester is a little less resilient than nylon, but it has excellent inherent stain resistance. Olefin is most often associated with the Berber style or commercial carpet flooring; it repels stains, but not soil and dirt. Triexta is a relative newcomer and you'll see it in SmartStrand carpets; the stain guard is built into the fiber and some say it's as strong as nylon.