When you’re  shopping for carpet one of the first things most of us typically do is FEEL carpet samples. We want to imagine how this will feel to actually sink our feet into its luxurious comfort. But how much do you actually KNOW about carpet and what should you consider before making this big commitment?

The “feel”of a carpet sample is just the beginning step in your carpet search! Here we discuss some of the main things to consider when doing your research.

Do you know what your carpet is made of?

Carpet: What you should know before you buy.

There are five primary carpet fiber options you need to know and the benefits associated with each fiber type. Evaluating the area and activities where you plan to lay carpet is a good place to start and will help you narrow down the best fiber choice for your particular need. 

The Five fiber options are:

  • Triexta– Highest performing & easiest to clean; less likely to mat down
  • Nylon-High performing less, likely to mat down; diverse in style and color options.
  • Polyester– superior stain-resistance, but unfortunately doesn’t have as good durability as Nylon or Triexta.
  • Olefin– Very durable & usually inexpensive
  • Wool– Natural fiber and durable.

The Four Main Carpet Types 

Four Main Carpet types

There are four main carpet types to choose from.  All have pros & cons to consider, depending on the area of your home & the look and feel you want to achieve. You might choose a different carpet type for a bedroom vs. family room.


The Four main carpet types are:

  • Textured– provides an open canvas for flexible decor.
  • Twist– Delivers a casual and stylish look
  • Loop/Berber– provide a tailored look for more formal decor.
  • Pattern– provides an upscale look for more engaging decor.

The Pad can make all the difference!

Choosing the right carpet padding for your home.

Carpet padding is just as important, if not more than the carpet you choose. Padding, or the cushion is the foundation of every carpet installation and helps to increase the lifespan and comfort of your carpet.  Padding is the real support structure for your carpet and will effect the life of your carpet holding up under constant wear & tear. Here is a great article comparing carpet padding to a bridge. The carpet=asphalt & padding=foundation. 

 The Six Main Padding types:.

  • Foam pad: Density is typically 2-5 lbs.
  • Frothed foam pad: Density should be 12+ lbs for durability.
  • Rebond pad: Density is 5-10 lbs.
  • Synthetic fiber pad: Usually rated in ounces but may be rated in pounds.
  • arrow-rightWaffle rubber pad: Go for a minimum of 64 ounces.
  • arrow-rightSlab rubber pad: Usually comes in 18-22 lbs

Most carpets call for a 7/16″ pad but that depends on the carpet fiber you choose but its important to follow the manufactures warranty pad requirements! Not doing so could forfeit your carpet warranty all together! So do your homework. If you find a carpet you are seriously considering, research it thoroughly online & from the actual carpet manufactures guide.

Never rely solely on a salesman or retailer to give you all the information needed to make an informed decision. We are not implying anyone is intentionally being dishonest. Only that, especially with major purchases, arming yourself with information is powerful & keeps you in control during the buying process. Usually with less regret!

Good luck in your search to find the perfect carpet to fit you and your family’s lifestyle. Hopefully this article helped educate on your carpet buying journey! Check out our full line of carpet options here