Carpet selection guide

Carpet selection guide
Great choice! You’re thinking about installing carpeting, and a soft surface floor covering adds so much glamour and elegance, not to mention all of the flooring's benefits. While you don't need to be an expert, there are some things with which you should be familiar because the more you research, the better you'll be guaranteed a long-lasting, high-performing, and beautiful floor.

Fiber: basis of a rug

This is the material from which the rug's yarns are made, and it will most likely be the most critical decision you'll be making. Fiber has everything to do with aesthetics and function and, while there are acrylics and blends, there are five most commonly chosen: wool, nylon, polyester, olefin (polypropylene), and triexta. Know the pros and cons of each so you can make the best decision.

A style for everyone

You’ll be hearing the word “pile” a lot in our carpet store. Carpet pile refers to how the yarns are attached to the backing. They can be looped, as in the Berber style, which works with any decor, or they can be also cut into fibers of varying heights, i.e., cut pile, high, low, or medium pile.

Understand quality

Please don't get hung up on weight because, while a heavier rug might be more durable, it can also be too thick for some installations. Many factors determine a rug's worth, such as density. This is how close together the fibers are tufted. You want to see a density range on the label that reads anywhere between 3500 to 5,000, but you can also check it yourself; pull back a sample card and ask why if you see a lot of white space.

Twist, meant for longer fibers, is also a good indicator; it refers to how many times a yarn is twisted per inch. It's a one-to-six system (although frieze goes up to eight), and the higher the number, the more durable. So you want to see a twist number of four or above on the label.

Our legacy began in 1948, and today we're proud of our reputation for quality products, superior installations, and excellent customer service. Let our experienced design consultants help you select the perfect carpet flooring for your needs and give you a free quote. Legacy Flooring Center is located in Cedar City, UT, serving St. George, Hurricane, Panguitch, Parowan, and Beaver.