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When choosing new carpet flooring you have several things to consider helping you to make a choice. Oberdorf Carpet One Floor & Home in Lewisburg, PA has the answers for you when it comes to carpet flooring. We can help you learn more about key carpet features how they will affect how your new carpet will perform in your home.

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Carpeting Functionality

You may be choosing carpeting for a sewing or hobby room that does not have a lot of foot traffic, or your living room that has constant foot traffic. These factors make a difference when choosing flooring.

Your lifestyle and family members also play a part. Children and pets that are inside usually work best with a flooring that resists wear, stains and soiling so you can keep it looking clean for years to come. 

After choosing the type of carpet flooring that works best for the room, traffic and family, you have the fun part of showing your personality in the style of flooring.

Types of Carpet Fibers

Nylon is the most popular fiber used in carpeting. It holds up the best against crushing and matting and is stain, soil resistant, and the easiest to clean. You can find the widest range of colors available in nylon fibers.

Wool fibers are the most expensive option for carpeting. It is very durable, with a rich warm appearance, resists soil, crushing and flames although it stains more easily than nylon fibers.

Olefin fibers are used in Berber carpeting. It is moisture, stain and fade resistant. This choice of flooring is susceptible to oil-based stains though water-based stains are easy to clean. Berber carpeting has the fewest color choices of all flooring.

Polyester fibers are easy to clean, soft to the touch and cost effective. It is usually found in low traffic areas as it is less resilient than nylon and is susceptible to oil-based stains. If you wish for vibrant colors, this is the flooring of choice.

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Personality and Appearance

The construction of carpeting is based on the fiber and tightness of the yarn as well as the density of the pile. These factors give it a specific appearance and feel.

Cut and uncut patterns contain both loops and cut pile in a mixture. It compliments a room with a variety of surface levels while hiding foot traffic.

Frieze has highly twisted yarns and is ideal for a family room with children and pets as it is very durable and long-wearing. It provides a textured surface with a crinkled or knobby appearance.

Level loop carpeting provides a smooth surface that is the same height throughout a room. It has a casual appearance while being durable and easy to clean. This type of flooring works well in active family rooms.

Patterned loop construction is the most decorative carpeting available. It is made in combinations of various levels of loops to make stunning patterns for a casual appearance.

Saxony carpeting is a luxury item with a very soft and smooth texture. It feels very plush under foot and works well in any type of living or dining room as well as bedrooms.

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