When purchasing carpet for high traffic areas in your home, such as the family room, hallways and stairways, it is important to select durable carpet. Here are some quick tips for purchasing high performance carpet and cushion that meet the demands of a busy environment.
density – refers to the amount of pile yarn in the carpet and the closeness of the tufts. The denser, the better. Choose a dense, firm construction.
twist – describes the winding of the yarn around itself. Choose a tighter twist for enhanced durability.
cut pile – Choose a shorter pile height.
berber/loop – Choose a shorter, tighter yarn loop.
For more information read our Selecting Carpet page.
Select the appropriate carpet cushion, or pad, according to the carpet manufacturer’s requirements for type, thickness, and density. Carpet cushion is made primarily from polyurethane foam, fiber, or rubber. The type and thickness of cushion needed varies according to the type of carpet:
Cut pile, cut and loop, or high-level loop carpet requires a resilient, firm cushion with a maximum thickness of 7/16 inch with a minimum FHA density.
Berber, and other low-pile carpet, requires a thin, dense cushion with a maximum thickness of 3/8 inch.