Many find it surprising when they travel outside of North America that carpet isn’t as common in other places. There are of course different reasons; most are directly related to the climate and humidity. For example, in South America, the tropical climate isn’t conducive to having carpet because the humidity will break it down quicker and carpet doesn’t last as long.
However, carpet in Calgary is definitely a luxury. It makes a room feel warm, soft, and comfortable. It reduces noise and it also acts as one more agent for insulation and helps reduce heat transfusion through floors. Carpet is nice for sitting and laying down on the floor. For anyone that has every gone to purchase carpet in Calgary I”m sure you found there were loads of options for carpeting materials and they all come with different benefits and advantages. Prices of course vary with the styles as well, so there is a lot to ponder and consider when choosing a carpet; there is more than just the color to choose.
The fiber of the carpet in Calgary will be one of the first questions you should ask yourself. There are mainly 3 types of fiber: nylon, Poly Trimethylene Terephthalate (or PTT), and Polyester (also called PET).
Nylon is one of the more common options for carpet in Calgary. It wears really well and has a good long lifespan in areas that have heavy traffic. A lot of commercial establishments use Nylon because it does well with a lot of people walking on it all the time. It comes in a myriad of color options and tends to not show signs of wear. It is not bleach resistant or stain resistant which leads many to treat the nylon carpet with a stain resistant chemical. Another draw back to nylon is it’s not always the prettiest carpet, depending on the pile.
Polyester is essentially carpet fibers that are derived from plastics; often from recycled plastics even. Because of its plastic nature (note: it does not feel hard to the touch, it’s as soft as nylon carpet) it has naturally resistance to stains and fading. Since it’s made from synthetic materials this drives the price of the carpet down considerably by comparison. However, should the polyester carpet get too hot (say and iron falls on the floor) it can potentially melt the carpet and create a patch of thick plasticky surface.
PTT is a third option and is essentially a collision of the two other types of carpet fiber. It is stain and fade resistant, with all the softness and tenderness of nylon.
In terms of pile (or how the fibers are layered; how tightly the threads are bound, which effects plushness and durability) there is a spectrum that moves from thick and soft, to dense and hard.
The high end of the spectrum would be a saxony or plush carpet material. This is usually used in sitting rooms with low traffic. It’s very soft and feels nice under foot. It does not do well with a lot of traffic and shows wear quickly when repeated passes are made over it.
The other end of the spectrum would be loop carpet, also known as commercial carpet. It’s much harder carpet. When examined up close, the individual threads of carpet are not loose on top, but looped back. So technically the foot is coming in contact with thousands of loops of fiber, and not the frayed ends of fibers. These can be tightly wound for extremely durable carpet which is resilient and handles high amounts of traffic.
There are piles and grades which fill in the gaps in between. There are some carpet piles that are durable but soft at the same time. It all depends on what type of room you are furnishing and what type and amount of traffic you expect.