Carpeting is a popular flooring choice for bedrooms and children’s playrooms as well as living and dining rooms. This floor covering brings warmth and color to a room. When comparing carpet flooring, look for the turns per inch (TPI) number. This twist number is a measure of durability. The fibers are twisted around each other 4 times if the TPI is 4. Fibers usually have a TPI from 3.5 to 6.0. Locally owned Braid Flooring & Window Fashions has a showroom
in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, that has a large selection of carpeting as well as related products and services. We can give you more information about TPI numbers and other flooring facts
Keep in mind that a TPI number is only found on cut pile carpet
. Fibers are either bent in a loop and attached to their backing or cut at the tip of the loop. Cut pile and loop pile are defined by the thickness and length of the fibers in the carpet. Popular types of cut pile include:
- Plush -fibers are straight; the finish is smooth and even
- Saxony -most popular; fibers are taller than plush
- Frieze -curled fibers create a casual look
Wool is a natural fiber that creates top of the line carpets. Nylon is the most commonly used fiber. Polyester, olefin, and acrylic are additional synthetic fibers. Olefin is not as soft as nylon, but it is moisture and mildew resistant. Polyester, lower in price than nylon, is known for its vibrant colors. Lower cost acrylic mimics the look and feel of wool.