What to know about carpet

Flooring isn't something we buy often, but we do want to be sure we get it right the first time. It’s a big investment and sets the foundation for the entire room. The appearance and cushioning are an important part of your decision, but there’s so much more. We’ve been in the flooring industry since 1972 and the experts at our carpet store in Greencastle, PA can advise you on getting the right rug. There's so much variety, there's something for everyone, but it can be a bit daunting. Here are some tips to simplify it. Before you even begin shopping for your carpet installation, know yourself well. That includes lifestyle. Also, consider your goal; what do you want to accomplish? What's the overall style of your home?

Now understand carpet pile and fibers

Pile simply means fiber. High pile rugs have long loose fibers, while low piles have short, tightly woven ones. High pile rugs tend to be fluffier, while low pile rugs are easier to keep clean. Fibers include wool, a natural, as well as synthetics like nylon, polyester, and olefin. Triexta is relatively new with a strong fiber with permanent stain resistance built into it. What you choose will depend upon your needs, lifestyle, and style.

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Basic styles

Now that you understand pile and fibers, you are ready for style. The frieze, with long, curly fibers, is informal and holds up well in heavy foot traffic areas, such as family rooms and hallways. It is durable and won't show footprints or dirt.

The shag often referred to as "sheepdog rug," is available in colors ranging from purple to red and multi tones. The shag is fun and distinctive and better for low traffic areas. While similar to the look of the frieze, the shag's fibers tend to be thicker; the frieze fibers are skinny.

Saxony is a cut pile. It comes in all styles, from plush and velvety to patterned tone on tone. Cut and loop are, as it sounds, with some fibers cut and others looped. Berber gets its name from the Berber tribes of North Africa. These rugs were light, with dark flecks of color. Now they've evolved into loop patterns with both solid and multi-colors.

To find out more about carpet visit or call Henry's Floor Covering. We service Greencastle, Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Mercersburg, PA, and Hagerstown, MD. Ask about our free quotes.