The 4 Types of Carpet and How to Choose One

Published by Jon W on July 3, 2013 - 8:06pm

The choice to install new carpet or to replace outdated carpet is a serious one. Carpet is a long-term investment that impacts your home’s value. It can also have a tremendous influence on your home’s décor and ambiance. Carpet needs to have the right balance of durability and attractiveness. The difference you feel between different carpets is largely due to the difference in the carpets’ pile and the height of the fibers. Learn more about the four popular types of carpet, and where each is most functional in your home, so you can make the right decision.

Cut Pile

The cut pile is a type of carpet that completely cuts all of the loops present during the manufacturing process of every carpet. The cuts are all of an even height, giving the carpet a tufted, plush look and feel. The cut pile carpet is among the best-selling carpets, largely because of its luxurious appearance and crush-resistant fibers. The carpet is unlikely to look permanently “flattened,” even after having heavy rests on it. The tightness of the fibers helps conceal footprints from both people and pets.

Cut pile works wonderfully wherever cushion and elegance are needed. Some suggestions include, but not are limited to:

  • An adult bedroom
  • A living room
  • A TV room
  • A guest room
Cut-and-Loop

The cut-and-loop carpet is a mixture of some fibers that are cut and some fibers that retain their original loop from the manufacturing process. This gives the appearance of a somewhat “sculptured” look, as the carpet is textured. You can choose the carpet in a single color or in multicolor combinations for a more dramatic statement. The carpet holds up well to frequent vacuuming, too. Because of the stagger effect of the carpet, it’s ideal for hiding footprints and stains better than even-height carpet options and works great in rooms such as:

  • A child’s bedroom
  • A playroom
  • A TV room
  • A utility room
Level-Loop

The level-loop carpet involves no cutting of the loops that occur naturally during the manufacturing process. However, the carpet makers are precise in making sure the fibers are an even height, and you’ll have a number of height options, including taller varieties that more closely simulate the luxurious feel of cut carpets. Because the fibers are not cut, they’re less likely to become frayed with use — making them a popular option for those seeking durability. The level-loop carpet is ideal for high traffic areas, such as:

  • An entryway or mud room
  • A bedroom
  • A TV room
  • A dining room
  • A living room
Multi-Level Loop Pile

For more texture and a greater dramatic “splash” than the level-loop variety, opt for the multi-level loop pile carpet. The height of the fibers in these carpets varies to give you a massaging sensation beneath your feet. With different color fibers and patterns spread throughout the carpet, the result is a stunning decorative addition to your home.

Like the level-loop carpet, the multi-level loop pile does not involve any cutting of the fiber loops that occur during manufacturing. That means the carpet is more durable and less prone to fraying, making the multi-level loop pile an option for those who need durability but don’t want to sacrifice comfort or aesthetics. Multi-level loop pile is ideal for rooms with heavy foot traffic like:

  • A bedroom
  • A dining room
  • An entryway
  • A TV room
  • A playroom

There’s no such thing as “one carpet fits all.” Your carpet needs are as unique as your home and the amount of foot traffic your rooms see. The ideal carpet can differ from one room to the next. Since there’s more to consider about carpets than merely the color and look, study up on the advantages of different carpet textures before you buy to ensure you choose the right carpet.

About the Author: Phil Kearny is a carpet expert and contributing writer for COIT Professional cleaning, a trusted carpet cleaning company with over 60 years of excellence.