What to know about carpet pile

What to know about carpet pile

The carpet pile refers to how your carpet fibers are attached to the backing. It has everything to do with style, the feeling underfoot, and performance. Read on to learn more about carpet piles. 

When choosing a pile/style

Choosing the right style for your needs goes a long way toward longevity. Think of your lifestyle, such as family size, foot traffic levels, etc. 

Needs are tailored to the individual; the carpet you fell in love with at your neighbor’s house may not be right for you.

Breaking it all down

All rugs start as a looped pile with uncut fibers. These include Berbers, level loops, and other patterned loop rugs.  

This is a durable carpet installation. The fibers either remain un-cut or become cut piles.

The cut-pile

There are many kinds of cut piles. They include: 

  1. Basic, with short, even fibers. This is good for all traffic levels. 
  2. High pile: This includes the shag. 

Referred to sometimes as "sheepdog rugs," these rugs require extra TLC to clean. Best for low-traffic areas. 

  1. Low pile: These are durable and easy to clean.
  2. Saxony: A medium pile in a plush or textured (trackless) version.  

A plush texture is velvety, luxurious, and soft but shows footprints and other marks. 

You’ll also see Saxony Texture (Trackless) at our carpet store in St. Croix Falls, WI. This does not show marks. 

  1. Frieze: This has longish fibers that are twisted so tightly they curl. This is a durable rug, great for family rooms.

Cut & Loop: a little of both

Fibers of different heights create patterns, such as diamond or pin-dot. This carpet is good for all traffic levels.

Visit our carpet store today 

At Cascade Flooring, we know that flooring can instantly transform a home. We also know it's a big investment, so we'll be sure you get the right carpet for you.

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in St. Croix Falls, WI, where you'll see brands like Dream Weaver, Mohawk, and others. We service St. Croix Falls, Balsam Lake, Taylors Falls, Osceola, and Amery.