All you need to know about Cut Piles, Loop Piles and Cut and Loops.
Carpets come in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors. What many homeowners don’t know is that style is more than just good looks. The style of a carpet has a lot to do with its performance in resisting wear and soil. The most common carpet styles can be categorized into three groups: cut piles, loop piles, and combinations. The last one is also known as cut and loop. In each category, there are styles to suit nearly every flooring need.
Three Main Carpet Styles
Cut Pile: consists of yarns that are cut at the ends. While used in both commercial and residential spaces, cut pile is often selected for houses. The five basic styles of the cut pile are Velvet, Saxony, Frieze, Shag, and Cable. The biggest difference among them is the twist in the yarns that ultimately influence the durability of the carpet.
Loop Pile: this type of carpet has yarns that are looped and uncut. The pile can vary from low, tightly constructed to a more luxurious high-level pile. Loop pile carpet is known for their excellent durability, strength, and soil hiding capabilities. This style is highly recommended for heavy traffic areas or commercial settings.
• Level loop- contains loops that are all the same height, making the surface of the carpet smoother and even.
• Multi-loop pile- consists of loops of two or three different pile heights. This height difference creates a patterned effect that hides traffic patterns well and appears to be sculptured into the carpet surface. This style provides a very durable, casual look to a room but is not as durable as the level loop style.
Cut and Loop Styles: they provide the alternative to create a combination of looks that can be used in both formal and informal settings. There are three primary types of cut and loop styles.
• Random Shear- cut and uncut loops of different heights create a luxurious surface texture by the shearing of loop tips in a random manner.
• Level Cut and Loop Pile: The style offers cut and loop areas of the same pile height.
• Tip shear- Created in the same fashion as random shear but has a less pronounced texture.
Trying to figure out which style is the best option for your home? Contact Vikings Carpet One today and one of our flooring experts will help you make the best selection.