Carpet - Before You Buy

Things to know before laying down money or carpet.

It just makes sense that, the more you know about something, the better able you are to make a smarter purchase decision.

That goes in spades for buying carpet. Information about the construction of carpet is good, but knowledge about carpet specifics and characteristics, about its traits and subtle differences, can be invaluable.

It’s a fact. Choosing the best carpet is really about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget to best meet the needs of your lifestyle.

For example, looped Berbers and high twist friezes perform wonderfully in high traffic areas in your home, but an elegant Saxony in the same area may show footprints. Isn’t that good to know?

We want you to know all of the important carpet facts and we’ve created this section specifically for that purpose.

Our goal is to help you get smart before your carpet is laid down -- and long before you lay down your money.

So, we invite you to read on, check out these notes, tips and considerations and get the upper hand on the flooring that may soon be underfoot.

It just makes sense that, the more you know about something, the better able you are to make a smarter purchase decision.

Understand this about seams.

Carpet is available in 12’, 15’ and sometimes 13’ widths.

Unless the room to be carpeted is narrower than these widths, the carpet will be seamed.

With looped or low-profile patterned carpet you may have visible or peaked seams.


The degree of their visibility depends on texture, color, lighting and furniture placement.

A note on backing and loops.

Be aware that, as carpet bends over stairs, its backing may show depending on texture, color and density.

Plus, you should know that looped carpet can snag, particularly at a seam or at a carpet transition.

But never fear, in the Carpet Floor Care section we provide information on how to properly care for looped carpet.

Every carpet has a chosen course.

The nap of all carpets run in one direction.

Pile reversal, or shading, is a normal characteristic of many cut pile style carpets.

This can be particularly apparent with plush carpet.

If this becomes an issue, consider window treatments and furniture placement as a way to minimize this affect.