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Why you should consider carpet pile and fiber

A carpet installation adds warmth, charm, and elegance to your home, and, thanks to technological advances, it just keeps evolving. Today, there are larger color palettes, digital patterning, and innovations that keep addressing extra durability and stain resistance needs. When you walk into our carpet store in Orland Park, IL, you'll be surrounded by hundreds of rolls, all from different mills but pay attention to your needs, so you make the best selection for your installation.

The importance of a rug's pile

Pile is the rug's surface and refers to the length of the tufts of yarn threaded through the backing. It's essential to consider this because it affects style, how the rug feels underfoot, and cleanability. Rug piles come in a variety of heights.

High piles, like the shag, have long, loose fibers, while low pile rugs have short, tightly woven ones. Low pile rugs are easier to keep clean and are best for living rooms, dining spaces, office buildings, etc. High pile rugs require a little more care and are best for low traffic rooms, such as guest rooms or home libraries and reading areas.

Medium pile rugs combine the luxurious appearance of the high pile with a short, tight weave functionality. These rugs types are the most popular on the market, with fibers compact enough to make cleaning easier. Low pile rug fibers are usually under ¼- inch in height, while high can be anywhere from ½-inch to ¾-inch tall. Medium pile rugs measure ¼-inch to ½-inch high.

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Fiber is the rug

This is the material from which carpet strands are made. Nylon fibers make up over 50% of residential rugs, are ultra-strong, and have excellent stain resistance and resiliency. Polyester, another commonly used synthetic, is non-absorbent with superior stain resistance.

Olefin is budget-friendly and most often associated with the Berber (looped) style, while Triexta has permanent stain resistance built into the fiber. Wool is the most common natural fiber. It is durable, has good resiliency, excellent color retention, and is easy to clean.

At Sherlock's Carpet & Tile, our experts will help you choose the carpet that's just right for you. Come into our showroom in Orland Park, IL, to explore our inventory. You'll also learn about our wide range of services, from quality residential and commercial installations to rug binding and serging, hardwood refinishing, design consultation, and kitchen & bath remodeling. We're convenient to Orland Park, IL, Homer Glen, IL, Tinley Park, IL, Frankfort, IL, New Lenox, IL, and Palos Park, IL. Visit us for your free carpet flooring quote.