Choosing a carpet flooring for your Klamath Falls, Lakeview, and Medford, Oregon area home can be challenging. Between all the different styles, cuts, patterns, and materials available in carpeting today, knowing what to look for is important. A carpet’s density will tell you a lot about how the carpet will perform and hold up over time. Here we’ll explore the different measurements of carpet construction that are important to know when buying a carpet flooring for your home.
The weight in ounces per square yard of carpet is known as the face weight. This measurement can give you a good idea on the density of the carpet fibers, which contributes to the durability of the carpet. However, there are other factors that contribute to the carpet’s face weight that don’t affect durability, such as the height of the fibers. It’s not uncommon to have one carpet with a higher face weight but be less durable than its alternative. That’s why it’s important to take the other measurements into account.
Total weight is the carpet’s weight including the backing, which makes up a large portion of the total weight. This measurement doesn’t tell us much about a carpet’s density because the density is mostly dependent on the tufts, not the backing. Total weights will be a lot higher than face weights.
This measurement is the best one to determine a carpet’s durability because it takes into account the fiber height when looking at the face weight. The equation to determine a carpet’s density rating is:
[density rating] = [face weight] x 36/[pile height]
The density rating will be higher than both the face weight and the total weight, so you should not compare the numbers between the three. Carpet density ratings range from 1,000 to 7,000. The higher the rating, most likely the more durable the carpet is. Of course there are other factors that contribute to this, such as fiber twist level, but the density rating is a good number to know when searching for a quality carpet.
If you’re ready to start shopping for new carpet in your Klamath Falls home, we are here to help! Call Floor Coverings International Klamath Falls today to schedule a free in-home estimate and design consultation. We’ll bring the flooring samples to your door.
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