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Old 01-10-2011, 07:13 AM
 
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Default What's a good brand for carpet?

We are looking at replacing the carpet in the bedrooms and the hallway connecting them. Any suggestions for good carper brands? I would not want to pay top dollar, hence I am not interested in top of the line, however, I want something that will wear well and still look decent in 5 to 7 years. Any thoughts? Also, how expensive is the labor?
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Old 01-10-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: KC Missouri
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All of the carpet mills make different grades of carpet. Just make sure that you buy nylon carpet. Don't base your purchase on wear warranty that means nothing. Carpet really doesn't wear, it just uglies out. As far as installations prices, it can vary from $2.50 yd to $8.00 a yard for basic installation, depending on where you live.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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All of the carpet mills make different grades of carpet. Just make sure that you buy nylon carpet. Don't base your purchase on wear warranty that means nothing. Carpet really doesn't wear, it just uglies out. As far as installations prices, it can vary from $2.50 yd to $8.00 a yard for basic installation, depending on where you live.
So which grade is best for what we are trying to accomplish?
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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I would go for something in the middle range. The cheap stuff will lose it's twist and lay down in a few years. Bedrooms and a hallway probably won't get enough traffic to justify something expensive.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:37 PM
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When you shop for carpeting you have to shop first for the fiber type, then the carpet brand. Highly advertised brands such as Anso from Honeywell, Stainmaster from DuPont, and Wear-Dated from Solutia are brands of nylon fiber, not brands of carpet. Because different retailers may sell the same carpet under different carpet brand names, comparison shopping is difficult.
The price of a carpet depends largely on its fiber content, pile weight, and style.
Wool is very expensive compared with synthetics.
Nylon, the best-selling carpet fiber, typically costs more than polyester or olefin.
Branded fiber tends to cost more than unbranded.
Branded nylons generally resist stains, while many unbranded nylons may not.

Wool, the standard against which synthetic carpets are measured, has outstanding resilience, comparable to that of nylon, so its crushing and matting resistance is very good.

But unlike nylon, wool may abrade. It also stains easily and tends to yellow in bright sunlight. Nylon is mildew resistant and offers good resilience and resistance to abrasion.
Olefin, generally resists staining, fading, abrasion, and moisture, making it a good choice for a basement or playroom.
Polyester resists staining, but its resilience is only fair.

Generally, a heavier pile weight-the ounces of yarn per square yard-is considered better and is more expensive.
A longer pile height is better if you want a luxurious look and feel.
Highly twisted yarn provides better resistance to wear.

Berber is a variation of level loop, but with thicker yarn. Genuine Berber is handmade from wool.

Multilevel loop has long and short loops that give a textured appearance, but is harder to vacuum.
Dense level loop and short cut-pile retained the least dirt after vacuuming.

Choose the most appropriate fiber & style for the room where the carpeting will go and then shop for color and price.
For example, for a formal room, you might opt for the lustrous appearance and feel of cut-pile or wool.
For a child's room or basement playroom, you'd be better off with olefin fiber for its stain and wear resistance, and a level-loop construction for easy vacuuming.

Happy shopping!
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Personally, I like Mohawk.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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"Berber is a variation of level loop, but with thicker yarn. Genuine Berber is handmade from wool."

In the US, most berber is made with olefin yarn.
Nylon is price- wise and quality-wise the best buy. Wool is out of most people's price range. Polyester tends to mat down. But with nylon it's the weight that makes the price difference. The more yarn per square yard, the higher the price.

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Old 01-11-2011, 05:15 PM
 
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When you shop for carpeting you have to shop first for the fiber type, then the carpet brand. Highly advertised brands such as Anso from Honeywell, Stainmaster from DuPont, and Wear-Dated from Solutia are brands of nylon fiber, not brands of carpet. Because different retailers may sell the same carpet under different carpet brand names, comparison shopping is difficult.
The price of a carpet depends largely on its fiber content, pile weight, and style.
Wool is very expensive compared with synthetics.
Nylon, the best-selling carpet fiber, typically costs more than polyester or olefin.
Branded fiber tends to cost more than unbranded.
Branded nylons generally resist stains, while many unbranded nylons may not.

Wool, the standard against which synthetic carpets are measured, has outstanding resilience, comparable to that of nylon, so its crushing and matting resistance is very good.

But unlike nylon, wool may abrade. It also stains easily and tends to yellow in bright sunlight. Nylon is mildew resistant and offers good resilience and resistance to abrasion.
Olefin, generally resists staining, fading, abrasion, and moisture, making it a good choice for a basement or playroom.
Polyester resists staining, but its resilience is only fair.

Generally, a heavier pile weight-the ounces of yarn per square yard-is considered better and is more expensive.
A longer pile height is better if you want a luxurious look and feel.
Highly twisted yarn provides better resistance to wear.

Berber is a variation of level loop, but with thicker yarn. Genuine Berber is handmade from wool.

Multilevel loop has long and short loops that give a textured appearance, but is harder to vacuum.
Dense level loop and short cut-pile retained the least dirt after vacuuming.

Choose the most appropriate fiber & style for the room where the carpeting will go and then shop for color and price.
For example, for a formal room, you might opt for the lustrous appearance and feel of cut-pile or wool.
For a child's room or basement playroom, you'd be better off with olefin fiber for its stain and wear resistance, and a level-loop construction for easy vacuuming.

Happy shopping!
WAW!!! I am speechless. This is great info, thank you!
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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I agree like a good suit Wool is hard to beat but its likely that not only will it last a longtime but likely to require stretching one time during its long life.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:02 AM
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Samfloor: no one cut you off the discussion. I didn't suggested anything. I merely explained the differences.
You are more than welcome to tell us what you think...
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