Carpet pile samples in West Palm BeachWhat factors should you consider when buying carpet? Fiber, color and pattern, and of course, pile. Pile has a significant impact on how a carpet looks and feels, as well as how easy it is to clean. Since carpet piles can vary significantly, it’s important to be able to identify the different pile types and know which one is right for your West Palm Beach home. Ready to learn more about carpet pile? Here’s an introductory lesson from our experts at Floor Coverings International Jupiter.

What is Carpet Pile?

The top layer of a carpet is called the pile and is woven into the backing of the carpet. Carpet pile can be made of a variety of materials, including natural fibers like wool and synthetic fibers like nylon and olefin.

Pile Height

Pile height is the length of the fiber, measured from the backing to the end of the fiber. This measurement can vary from 1/4 inch to 3/4 of an inch or more. Low pile carpets like Berber are typically more durable and easier to clean, but high pile carpets like shag tend to be softer and more comfortable.

Cut vs. Loop Pile

There are two kinds of pile: cut and looped. During the weaving process, the pile is looped through the backing. Sometimes the pile is left this way, creating a loop pile, but sometimes it is clipped, creating a cut pile. Looped carpets, such as Berber, tend to have a firmer, denser feel. The advantage of a loop pile is that it is trackless, meaning it will not show vacuum tracks and footprints. However, looped pile can end up being damaged if a loop is snagged or ripped. Cut carpets, like frieze and Saxony styles, are often more plush and cushioned, but are not always trackless.

To learn more about carpet pile and see different styles up close, call Floor Coverings International Jupiter. We offer free in-home estimates for West Palm Beach homeowners.

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