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Carpet | Before You Buy

Choosing carpet is about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance, and budget to best meet the needs of your lifestyle. For example, looped Berbers and high twist friezes perform wonderfully in high traffic areas in your home, but an elegant Saxony in the same area may show footprints.


  • Available in 12', 15' and sometimes 13' widths
    • Carpet will be seamed unless room is narrower than above widths
  • Seams are sometimes visible with looped or low-profile patterned carpets
  • The degree of visibility depends on texture, color, lighting, and furniture

Backing and Loops

  • Backing may show when carpet bends over stairs depending on texture, color and density
  • Looped carpet can snag at a seam or transition

Carpet Nap

  • Pile reversal, or shading, is normal.
    • Consider window treatment and furniture placement to minimize this effect!


  • Higher quality carpet has greater pile density
  • Tighter twist construction results in better durability
  • Carpet is often easier to replace than hard surface products
  • Adds value to any home
  • Feels warm underfoot
  • Reduces household noise


  • Once installed, carpet often looks lighter than the sample
  • Carpet color can affect the apparent size of the room
    • Lighter colored carpet visually expands the size of the room
    • Darker carpeting brings the walls closer together, creating intimate feelings
  • Neutral colors are best for those of us who are frequently redecorating, or rooms with a lot of existing furniture
  • Quality, neutral colored carpet is great for resale!


  • It is important to understand what is covered by the warranty, so feel free to ask our sales staff to explain our warranties in detail!
  • Many carpet products have different stain protection levels
  • Quality products often come with increased stain protection and warranty coverage
  • It is important to understand what is covered by the warranty, so feel free to ask our sales experts to explain our warranties in detail!

Carpet Cushion

  • The cushion helps determines how a carpet feels underfoot, but it is not all about the feel…
  • Quality helps preserve the look
  • Can extend the life and comfort of your carpet
  • Provides protection against wear and tear
  • Sold using quality specifications, not color specifications
  • Color of the sample in the store may not be the same as installed

Reading the label

  • Become familiar with product specs warranties on the labels
  • Protect your investment today and tomorrow

Potential additional expenses:

  • Furniture removal/replacement
  • Demolition/disposal of old floor covering
  • Sub-floor preparation
  • Product delivery
  • Carpet installation
  • Materials required to complete the installation
  • In addition to the total project cost, be sure to also consult the manufacturer's warranty and care guide for directions on how frequently the carpet should be cleaned and the cost to clean it.