Carpet Buying Guide

Find the Best Carpet

Select your carpet in three easy steps:

1. Choose Your Style

Swatch of Grey and White Frieze Style Carpet
Frieze

This is a cut pile-style of carpet that is tightly twisted causing the ends to curl. This style of carpet creates a textured surface with a contemporary look that is not only durable but easy to maintain.

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Swatch of Brown Pattern and Loop Style Carpet
Pattern & Loop

This is a woven or tufted style of carpet with all tufts in a loop form of either uniform or varying heights creating a unique pattern or design.

Shop Pattern and Loop Carpet

Swatch of Neutral Toned Tan and Brown Textured Carpet
Texture

This yarn is twisted then the carpet loops are cut to create a textured surface that helps minimize footprints and vacuum marks. This is a very popular choice for high traffic areas.

Shop Textured Carpet

2. Choose Your Fiber

Nylon

This is the strongest fiber and the most common carpet material. It is resistant to soil and mildew making it highly durable and easy to clean. In addition nylon carpets provide a soft texture and hold their color very well. Nylon is an excellent choice for high traffic rooms.

Shop Nylon Carpet

Olefin (Polypropylen)

Olefin is the most colorfast of all fibers, which makes it a good carpet to have in a room that gets a lot of sunlight. Olefin is less expensive than nylon, and is a good choice that does not need to be particularly durable. Olefin dries quickly and is mold and mildew resisting so it is used often for outdoor carpet and basements. Olefin is highly stain-resistant but not soil-resistant.

Shop Olefin Carpet

Polyester

Polyester is exceptionally soft and very stain resistant but does not offer the durability of nylon. Polyester fiber is offered in a wide selection of textures and colors, however, polyester is more prone to pilling and shedding. This is a good choice for low to medium traffic rooms..

Shop Polyester Carpet

3. Choose Your Pad

Good - 7lb Leggett and Platt Hi-Flite 7/16” Pad
  • Bonded Foam Extends the Life of the Carpet
  • Hypoallergenic and 100% Recyclable
Better - 8lb Mohawk Memory Foam Pad
  • Memory Foam for Enhanced Comfort
  • Antimicrobial additive to inhibit odor causing mold, mildew and fungus
  • SpillSafe Moisture Guard
Better - 8lb Shaw Pad
  • ViscoTouch™ Memory Foam for Excellent Performance and Comfort
  • Antimicrobial treatment
  • Features Shaw’s exclusive R2X stain and soil resistance barrier
Better - Stainmaster® Supreme™ Blue Memory Foam Pad
  • Breathable moisture barrier keeps most common household spills out of the cushion while allowing damaging water vapor from below to evaporate
  • Fresh Dimension® antimicrobial inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and odor-causing bacteria
  • Life of the Home Warranty
Best - Stainmaster® Splendor™ Pad
  • Dura-Plush® Foam ensures comfort, durability and long-lasting beauty of carpet
  • Breathable Moisture Barrier
  • Repels Spills
  • Antimicrobial inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and odor-causing bacteria
  • Hypoallergenic and 100% Recyclable
  • Insulates and Reduces Noise
  • Life-of-the-Home Warranty with Additional StairGuard™ Protection
Best - Healthier Choice Pad
  • Breathable Moisture Barrier
  • Prevents Mold and Mildew and No Harmful Odors
  • Allows for Deeper Cleaning
  • Sustainable and Recyclable
  • Excellent for Radiant Heat
  • Superior Sound Absorption
  • Lifetime Warranty to Original Purchaser