People often ask what type of carpets they should buy for their Chester home or commercial property rooms. The answer depends on a number of factors.
You need a carpet that has a wear grading suitable for the location. Medium domestic wear carpets are suitable for bedrooms and residential rooms that are not used a lot. Heavy duty carpets are for living rooms, halls and dining rooms that get a lot of use.
For commercial rooms that are used by many people, such as offices and reception areas, choose a commercial grade heavy duty carpet.
The pile is the tufts of fabric that are attached to the backing. A long pile carpet will feel soft at first but may flatten and lose its appearance over time. The closer the piles are together, the longer the carpet is likely to last.
There are different types of pile arrangements, including level loop, velvet and twist, which affect how a carpet looks and feels.
Carpets are made from either a single fibre type or a mixture. Fibres can be animal derived, like wool, silk, or mohair, for example. Vegetable-based options include coir, cotton, seagrass and jute or man-made.
• Wool is a very popular fibre that is soft, looks good, is long lasting and easy to clean.
• Jute is a lightweight natural fibre suitable for use in bedrooms or light use rooms.
• Seagrass is also for light use but bit can be installed in kitchens.
• Coir is made from the husks of coconuts. It is hard wearing though not very soft.
• Man-made fibres like acrylic and polyester are tough and durable though cheaper ones may not last long.
Underlay is recommended for most carpets as it increases comfort, helps maintain the appearance, protects against wear, and acts as both heat and noise insulation.
Apart from seagrass, jute and coir, all types of carpets come in a wide range of colours and patterns. Choose a carpet design that goes with the room décor.
Chester is known for its black and white architecture, so if your house or room are in keeping with this, consider how your carpets complement it.
There is a wide variety of carpet costs. As a general rule, the more you pay, the better the quality.
Your local carpet retailers and installer will help you select the best carpet for you. Before you buy, check samples that you can look at and feel or place samples in the room to get a sense of how the carpet will look when installed.