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Frequently Used Carpet Terms

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Take control of your next carpet-buying experience by brushing up on industry terms that help you find what you want from your flooring. Understanding carpet speak is the first step toward finding the perfect option for you. Keep reading for an introductory guide that helps you successfully navigate the aisles of the carpet store:


The materials used to create the carpet, otherwise known as the fibers, are what give each style of flooring its unique properties. If you want to choose the right carpet for your needs, it is important to think about different fiber options. Wool, for example, is a natural fiber that feels soft to the touch, stands up well to heavy traffic, and has a moderate ability to thwart stains. Nylon, on the other hand, is extremely stain resistant and durable. Whether you choose wool, nylon, polyester, or olefin, make sure the fiber works well in your home.


The materials used to create the back of the carpet are often just as important as the fibers for the front. Tufted carpets have either have primary backing or secondary backing. Woven carpets, on the other hand, have backings made from construction yarns to provide a solid foundation.


Another feature of the carpet construction that affects the way the final product feels is the cushion. This term refers to anything that goes underneath the carpet to add support under the feet. The carpets with the best cushions will feel softer than those options with lower quality options.

The flooring experts at Bay Carpet are here to help you find the right option for all of your needs. Our impressive selection of affordable carpet gives you the choice you deserve to find what you really want. Come in today to start the search for the perfect carpet. For more information, call (718) 366-5001.