Choosing the Best Carpet for You

Choosing the best carpet for you is about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget to best meet the needs of your lifestyle. To help you make an informed decision, we have put together a quick reference sheet below.


  • available in 12', 15' and sometimes 13' widths
  • carpet will be seamed unless room is narrower than above widths
  • seams are visible; with looped or low-profile carpets being more visible than other styles
  • degree of visibility depends on texture, color, lighting and furniture

Backing and Loops

  • backing may show when carpet bends over stairs depending on texture, color and density
  • looped carpet can snag at a seam or transition

Carpet Nap

  • pile reversal, or shading, is normal
  • window treatments and furniture placement can minimize this effect


  • higher quality carpet = greater pile density
  • tighter twist construction results in better durability


  • once installed, it will often look lighter than the sample
  • lighter colored carpet visually expands the size of the room
  • darker carpeting brings the walls closer together, creating intimate feelings
  • neutral colors are best for frequently changing décor and are good for resale


  • stain protection is an important consideration
  • with quality comes increased stain protection and warranty coverage
  • it is important to understand what is covered by the warranty

Carpet cushion

  • determines how a carpet feels underfoot
  • can extend the life and comfort of the carpet
  • provides protection against wear and tear

Know the entire cost of ownership

  • ask for the total cost of the project to be calculated to ensure there are no budget surprises

Potential additional expenses

  • furniture removal/replacement
  • demolition/disposal of old floor covering
  • sub-floor preparation
  • product delivery
  • carpet installation
  • materials required to complete the installation