Are you installing new carpet in your home? There is much to consider when purchasing carpet: color, durability, stain resistance, weave, material, thickness. Luckily, all the information you need is contained in the label. Take our quiz to see if you are savvy carpet label reader.
How many types of carpet weave are there?
There are four types of carpet weave: frieze, saxony, plush and loop.
What is the difference between face weight and total weight?
Total weight includes the carpet backing.
Face weight refers to the amount of fiber in ounces per square yard; total weight includes the weight of the carpet backing. Don't confuse face weight with twist and density; take all three into consideration when assessing durability.
Wool is the most expensive but considered to be the best in terms of appearance and comfort. It will fade in sunlight, does not do well with mildew and mold and will wear down faster than some synthetics.
What criteria are used to obtain a Performance Appearance Rating (PAR)?
density, twist, fiber and stain resistance
density, twist and face weight
the carpet's condition after a year of normal traffic from a family of four
Home Depot applies a test that determines what the carpet will look like after a year of normal traffic from a family of four. The scores range from 1 to 5, with 4 or 5 indicating a high level of durability.
How reliable is the Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label?
Some experts say it's not rigorous enough; others say it's not necessary. The best precaution against a buildup of noxious chemicals is to air out the carpet in a well ventilated room for a few days before and after installation.
With regard to warranty, what should you always do?
Read the fine print.
Always read the fine print of the warranty because there will be strict stipulations, such as percentage of wear and evidence of proper maintenance (like cleaning receipts), before a warranty can be taken advantage of.