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About Berber Carpet: What Every Consumer Needs to Know!

How to Choose the Right Berber Carpet?

By Alan Fletcher – Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

What is Berber Carpet?

Berber carpet has been around for a long time and originally was hand-made by the Berber tribe of North Africa. Berber rugs are still hand-made today in parts of Africa, but is not the same as those made on machines here in America.

Homeowners today have a lot of choices and options available with Berber carpet styles and quality levels. Here are facts and useful information to help you choose the right Berber Carpet for your home.

Berber Carpet Styles

  • Looped Berber Styles
  • Patterned Loop Style
  • Cut and Loop Styles
  • Patterned Cut and Looped Styles
  • Cut Pile Berber Styles (no loops)

Should I Choose a Looped or a non-Looped Berber Carpet?

Not all Berber carpets have loops. One popular style is called a “Cut Berber” and has no loops. (Hence the word “cut”) This style is also known as a California Berber.  Some Berber carpets are made with loops and cut-loops and are known as “Cut and Loop”. If the style has a repeating pattern then it is called a “Patterned Cut and Loop”. These can be most costly but are quite beautiful and have an elegant appearance.

Loops have two main drawbacks you must consider.

  1. Loops can be easily snagged. If you have active kids or pets then a looped Berber may not be a good choice for you. Repairing snagged loops can be costly. Some snags can run (like a pair of nylon stockings) causing major damage to your carpet that may not be repairable.
  2. Loops tend to fall over in high traffic applications. This is especially true with Berber carpets made with Olefin. The larger to loops the more prone they are to matting and crushing. Choosing a Berber with smaller loops will decrease the chances for matting and crushing.

How Much Does Berber Carpet Cost? (Not including pad and installation)

  • Berber carpet made of Wool can easily cost $80 per square yard and go up from there.
  • Berber made of nylon range from $25 to $60 per square yard, depending on the type of Nylon and the carpet style. (The popular “Softer” Nylons are a bit more costly.)
  • Berber made of Olefin range from $10 to $25 per square yard.
  • Learn more about Carpet Cost and Prices

Should I Select a Wool, Nylon or Olefin Fiber?

When it comes to selecting the right Carpet Fiber for you there are two main things you must consider: Cost and Longevity.

Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Wool is the most expensive fiber and while it is very soft and durable, it is also the most costly to maintain. Wool carpet must be cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner who has been specially trained to clean wool carpet. The cost is significantly higher than for the cleaning of other types of carpet. Wool carpet can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

Nylon is a very durable fiber and is less costly than wool. Nylon cleans easily and resists stains very well. Nylon is the most resilient fiber which gives it the ability to retain its like-new appearance longer than any other synthetic fiber. Depending on your amount of foot traffic in your home, a good quality Nylon carpet can last up to 20 years or more if well cared for. Learn more about Nylon

Olefin is the least costly fiber to consider. Olefin is inexpensive to manufacture and is prone to matting and crushing because it is not very resilient. During the manufacturing process the fiber becomes oily and while they try to remove all the oil through a multiple rinsing process, it is difficult to do. The residual oil on the fiber tends to attract dirt and makes the carpet difficult to clean. Berbers made with Olefin are very reasonably priced but generally only last up to 10 years.

Installing Berber Carpet

Berber carpet is much more difficult to install than regular carpet styles. Berber is a heavy carpet and is much more difficult to handle, seam and cut. Most installers charge at least $1-2 extra per square yard for installing Berber carpet and also charge a higher fee for installing Berber on stairs. Learn more about Carpet Installation Cost

What is the Best Padding for Berber Carpet?

All Berber carpet styles require a high density padding and a lower thickness than other non-Berber carpet styles. In most cases, a minimum of 8-pound density and a thickness of no more than 3/8” is required. Check with the carpet manufacturer to make sure you select the correct padding specifications.  Using the wrong padding can void your carpet warranty and may cause your carpet to wear out prematurely.

Commercial Grade Berber Carpet Styles

  • Level Loop
  • Cut Pile

These are the two most common Berber styles used in offices and institutions today. They are very durable because they have a very high pile density. The loops are very small and packed tightly together to help prevent matting and crushing. They can be made with one solid color or from multiple colors. Most homeowners don’t choose a commercial grade carpet unless they need to use a wheelchair or walker. The lower pile height makes it easier for the elderly to walk.

Where to Buy New Carpet?

I have created a special hand-picked list of Reputable Carpet Dealers that I recommend to my readers. For more Information about how to buy new carpet wisely or where NOT to buy carpet please visit my free consumer website at http://www.CarpetProfessor.com

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Smartstrand Carpet Complaint

This is an important post for those who are in the market for new carpet. Carpet defects are not common but when they do happen it can be difficult to get a remedy.

How To Buy New Carpet Like A Pro!

Smartstrand Carpet Complaint

Dear Alan

I am hoping you can offer some advice. We purchased Mohawk Smartstrand carpet for the master bedroom of a “seasonal” residence. Two adults and no pets inhabit the residence for approximately 5 months of the year.

The condo is in Florida. The carpet was purchased 8/2013. The carpet is showing excessive wear patterns anywhere we have to walk on and the carpet looks “matted” and frayed. Mohawk denied our claim because we didn’t have the carpet cleaned after 18 months. We pointed out that we had not been living in the residence for a total of 18 months. The store we purchased from in Naples, Florida asked us to have it cleaned and recommended a carpet cleaning company. Now after the cleaning, the carpet fibers look worse and the carpet looks dirty. The carpet cleaner also noted the wear patterns were not improved by the cleaning.

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Smartstrand Carpet Complaint

Smartstrand Carpet Complaint

Dear Alan

I am hoping you can offer some advice. We purchased Mohawk Smartstrand carpet for the master bedroom of a “seasonal” residence. Two adults and no pets inhabit the residence for approximately 5 months of the year.

The condo is in Florida. The carpet was purchased 8/2013. The carpet is showing excessive wear patterns anywhere we have to walk on and the carpet looks “matted” and frayed. Mohawk denied our claim because we didn’t have the carpet cleaned after 18 months. We pointed out that we had not been living in the residence for a total of 18 months. The store we purchased from in Naples, Florida asked us to have it cleaned and recommended a carpet cleaning company. Now after the cleaning, the carpet fibers look worse and the carpet looks dirty. The carpet cleaner also noted the wear patterns were not improved by the cleaning.

Mohawk has been difficult to deal with and the dealer where we bought it is not standing behind their product. Is there any way to contact someone at Mohawk other than the usual customer service representatives, who might have some authority to help us? Do you have any suggestions or recommendations?

Thank you for any assistance,

Ron

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Hi Ron

Can you tell me the room measurements and the price you paid for the carpet only?  (Per square yard or by per square foot)

What type and density of padding was used? What was the total price for the whole job, carpet pad and installation?

Is this a beach house?

Alan

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Dear Alan

Thank you for getting back to me. I’m so discouraged by this situation.

No, it’s a condo on the 5th floor of a 15 story building, not directly on any body of water. The pad used was 7/16”, 7lbs density. Currently the carpet retails for $5.49 a square foot. I measured the room myself; the main area is 14’ x 29’. There is a 4x 4 entry area leading into the large area. There is a 10’x 4’ hallway from the main area leading to a bathroom and a walk in closet along the hallway approx 13’ x 5’.

Ron

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Hi Ron

Here is my opinion on the issue:

From your provided information, it appears from the amount you spent on carpet tells me that it is a good quality carpet (about $45 per sq yard) and the pad they used was of sufficient quality and density. The problems you are dealing with should not be happening to you. If a carpet shows major signs of wear and tear after just a few months, then there is something seriously wrong. I suspect there is a manufacturing defect of some kind. Your carpet dealer is your best bet for a solution to your problem.

A locally owned carpet dealer has some leverage with the carpet manufacturer in situations like this. Keep calling and asking for their help to resolve this. If you can’t get your carpet dealer to help you get your carpet inspected; get a valid claim filed with the carpet manufacturer, and/or get some sort of resolution, then you may want to consider filing a lawsuit in small claims court. (It’s not a fun thing to do and is often difficult to win).

Alan

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Dear Alan

Interesting update! The carpet dealer has now offered us a replacement allowance of $2,100 plus free labor if I purchase new carpet from them. I’m enjoying reading your website articles about how and where to purchase new carpet.

Many thanks for all your help and advice!

Ron