How to Shop For Carpet

Determining your style:

Carpet and prices comes in many styles and the style you choose depends on the feel you want to create for the room.  A frize is modern and stylish, a texture is cozy & homey, a plush is more formal, a berber loop is durable and austere, a pattern is traditional.

Texture Carpet
Plush Carpet
Frieze Carpet
Berber Carpet
Loop Carpet
Wool Carpet
Outdoor Carpet
Indoor Outdoor
The inviting look of cut pile textured carpet adds warmth and interest to any décor.
The look and feel of absolute luxury. Dress your formal setting with the irresistible velvet-like finish of plush carpeting.
Tightly twisted for a spectacular look of quality and casual styling. Empire's frieze carpeting adds the extra flair to your decor.
Attractive in cozy earth tones and textures. Berber carpeting is hardwearing and durable for more demanding high traffic areas.
Dense, multi-leveled styles creates extra interest underfoot. Empire's loop carpeting is available in the most sought-after multi-colored looks.
Unrivaled as the world’s finest natural wool carpet fiber. Ultra-luxurious, long-lasting and naturally stain resistant.
Taking the form and function of carpet outdoors. Ideal for porches, sunrooms, spas and more.

Determining your yarn:

Carpet yarn is made from a variety of materials.  Nylon holds the memory of the twist the best and therefore has a reputation of quality.  However, polyester is more stain resistant than nylon.  There are other types of yarn like Wool and Polypropylene.


Things to think about when having new Carpet Installed!

  1. What style of carpet? Frieze, Plush, Texture, Berber, Commercial?
  2. How much wear do you expect?
  3. What kind of Pad? Rebond, Foam, Rubber, Felt
  4. Do we need to remove the old carpet? Day of install or before?
  5. We need at least 1 week notice.
  6. Is there any pet issues? Do you want the subfloor sealed?
  7. Do you have any squeaks in the subfloor?
  8. Is any of the carpet being installed over concrete?
  9. If we install a thicker carpet the doors may need to be cut by your contractor or homeowner.
  10. Are you getting new baseboard installed?
  11. Are there any stairs? Pie stairs? Capped or Wrapped? What kind of profile would you prefer?
  12. Is there any upholstery work to be done?
  13. Is there a place to cut the carpet?
  14. Is there any furniture to be moved? Do we need to do the install in 2 days.
  15. Is the home within our install boundary without a trip charge?

Determining your Budget:

The characteristics that effect price of carpet are:

  • A) Face weight. (how close the yarns are together and how long the yarns are) you can check this by seeing how easily you can get your fingers to the backing and looking to see how long the yarns are.

  • B) Twist. Look at one yarn individually and count how many twists it has in it. An inexpensive carpet could have as little as three, while a more costly carpet will have six to eight. Yarns with more twists have better texture retention.

  • C) Yarn type.   Nylon is normally more expensive than polyester, but it is more durable.  Branded yarn (Stainmaster, Scotchguard) is more expensive than non-branded yarn.  

  • D) Warranty.  Typically, more expensive and quality carpets will have a longer warranty.

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