More Rug Choices Available Today Than Ever: Value, Function, Environmental Consciousness

Jan 16

Whether hiring a professional to install new rugs in your home, or planning a do-it-yourself job, several factors need to be considered before making decisions. In addition to different materials to choose from, the choice of a floor covering includes considerations with regard to its pile and intended use.

Many questions can be answered by visiting local carpet stores. Austin, Seattle, Portland, and other cities around the United States offer retailers that offer both carpet and installation services. Considerations when selecting a carpet include the amount of sun it will receive during the daytime, the amount of traffic expected, what rooms are adjacent to it, whether it exits to the outdoors, the room’s use, and how often it can reasonably expect to be cleaned. After determining these factors, thoughtful consideration can be made toward color, pile, and the material it is constructed from.


Balance Value And Performance

For the environmentally conscious, many “green” carpets are available, which are made from recycled consumer waste, such as carpet made from plastic pop bottles. More traditional materials include wool and nylon. More recently, polypropylene, polyester, and triexta carpets have been introduced, which incorporate some of the more desirable features of wool and nylon into one, while also offering added cost savings in some instances.

In the past, maximum softness was achieved by increasing the length of the fibers that make up the carpet. Carpet fibers may be looped, cut, or cut and looped. Carpet manufacturers today are producing soft, durable carpets that also offer softness, in combinations not available in the past. New materials, combined with innovative construction techniques allow carpet makers to offer rugs featuring comfort, durability, and style, previously unavailable.

Different Materials Suited To Different Conditions, Budgets

Wool, one of the oldest materials used for making carpets, may still offer the most luxurious softness and is available in a number of different styles and designs. Further, if cleaned immediately following a spill, wool is quite stain resistant. Nylon is said to approach wool, in terms of its softness and durability, but with the added benefit of a lower price. Polypropylene is not as resistant to wear as nylon and wool, but will stand up against damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, traffic, stains, and even chlorinated water, making it a popular choice for both outdoor and indoor spaces. As a result of its decreased durability, polypropylene rugs are usually made with a shorter pile than those made from wool or nylon.

For the value-conscious, polyester carpets offer some of the best dollar-for-dollar benefit among rug materials. Polyester is suitable for areas that don’t receive as much traffic, particularly from those coming in from the outdoors wearing shoes, such as bedrooms and family rooms. Recycled polyester rugs are available.

Triexta is among the most recent new materials that carpet manufacturers have begun to incorporate. Close to 50 percent of triexta is made from corn. Next to wool, it may be one of the more environmentally conscious rug material choices available.