All About Carpet
As you shop for carpets in St. Paul, there are many factors to consider.
As you decide what carpet is best in your room, you must choose which pile height is best.
- Cut Pile
Cut Pile is a special type of strand that features a sheared strand. This is the part at the end of the strand where the fiber’s ends are exposed. It’s the most popular type of carpet and comes in a variety of lengths and thicknesses. When selecting a cut pile, be sure to look at the twist, the part where several strands are twisted together to form the final strand. Usually the tighter and heavier the twist, the more resilient and durable the face of matting and crushing will be including texture. Frieze is a style of cut pile that gives the carpet a luxurious feel along with a style that’s less formal.
- Loop Pile
Loop Pile, in contrast, refers to carpet that’s created in a more continuous strand. The loop pile can be found used in a similar pattern or contain a textured finish made using loops of various heights. This gives the construction the ability to have a pattern added or texture to the carpet. The random or sequenced loop design creates textures or patterns throughout the flooring and gives the carpet itself extra durability. Tighter, more heavily twisted loops are used for optimal resistance to crushing. While the looped pile created multiple options for appearance and durability, they are also more prone to pulled loops which can lead to runs in the carpet.
- Cut & Loop Pile
There is also a combination called a Cut & Loop Pile, which provides sculptured effects such as squares or swirls in the carpet surface that when combined produce additional patterns. While these three distinct types vary in appearance and comfort, they often come down to the owner’s preference for style.
- Carpet Tile
If you’re in need of carpet specifically for a commercial building or renovation project, you may also want to consider browsing the carpet tile in our St. Paul showrooms. Carpet tile is easy to install & easy to repair if necessary. It can also be a great fit for certain residential areas, especially basements.
Each type of carpet can be further divided into several different styles. We carry both textured carpet and patterned carpet at our two carpet stores in St. Paul.
The iconic style of long, plush pile with an extra twist in each fiber. This is the style that comes to mind for most people when they think of carpet.
Shorter pile than Saxony, with a soft, velvety appearance. It also can more easily display tracking from footprints and vacuuming.
Also known as shag, with a less formal appearance. It provides a more luxurious feel and style to a room.
- Level Loop
A simple, repeated loop for a uniform carpet surface. It doesn’t show footprints and it is often ideal for offices and rooms with high traffic.
A textured loop, made in straight rows. It comes in a variety of patterns and textures.
Often characterized by chunky loops, originally popularized in commercial settings. The name originates from the style of weaving done by the Berber tribes of North Africa.
Many of the carpet styles we have available at Hamernick’s come with built-in features that you may not expect from carpeting, such as:
- Improved Indoor Air Quality
Carpet is one of the most hypoallergenic solutions for your home, trapping allergens and preventing them from escaping into the air. Unlike a hard surface that exposes dust and dander to the room’s occupant, the carpet helps trap those allergens more easily. A regularly cleaned carpet is an ideal tool for improving indoor air quality. Newer vacuum cleaners are built with deep suction to fully remove dust, dirt, and allergens.
- Stain Resistance
Many Shaw nylon and polyester carpets that we carry feature the R2X Stain and Soil Resistance System, repelling liquids and other materials. While other “resistance systems” for carpets do exist, R2X is different because it covers the entirety of each carpet fiber – not simply the surface. An additional Shaw innovation is LifeGuard spill-proof backing, which adds to the spill-proof nature of these carpets!
Looking for a sustainable solution for the floors in your home or business? You may be surprised to know that many of our carpet products are made from recycled materials. Carpet manufacturers are able to remove plastic from the environment & repurpose it into soft, beautiful carpeting with built-in wear & stain resistance. If you’re looking specifically for eco-friendly carpets in St. Paul, Minnesota City, or any of our local communities, ask a specialist at Hamernick’s Interior Solutions for more information. We’ll gladly point you in the right direction!
Relative to other popular types of flooring, carpet can be relatively inexpensive to install. Want to know about carpeting on sale in St. Paul? Ask about any promotions we may be running while you shop!
Before completing your carpet installation, make sure you select the right carpet padding, as this is a decision that’s as important as selecting your carpet. A fuller pad can prolong the life of the carpet and should be considered when selecting a carpet.
Carpet padding is not a necessity, but it is an important investment to help protect your carpet and extend its lifespan. An unseen addition installed beneath your carpet, padding serves to add extra cushion to your floors while minimizing noise and maximizing insulation. People often notice the backing to your carpet when there isn’t adequate carpet padding underneath.
Carpet padding options from Shaw range in cushion, comfort, and protection. One of our flooring specialists will help you find the right balance of features for your budget.
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Why Shop at Hamernick’s?
We are the local, full-service flooring solution for a wide range of Twin Cities customers, from homeowners looking to carpet a single bedroom to commercial property managers with multi-million-dollar projects—and everyone in between. When you choose Hamernick’s, you can always expect: