About Berber Carpet: What Every Consumer Needs to Know!

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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.

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Smartstrand Carpet Complaint (aka Sorona, PTT or Triexta.

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Q. I am looking for a good quality carpet that can withstand children, cats, dogs and heavy traffic. I have a formal living room that you land in upon entering my house. To get to any other part of the house at that point, one needs to walk through the living room. My biggest problem is the traffic marks from the front door, across the living room and down the hallway to the bedrooms. This gets dirty fast.

Alan’s response:

A Nylon Frieze is one of the most durable and best-wearing carpet styles. There is only one type of carpet fiber that can withstand kids, pets, and heavy traffic, it’s a Nylon Frieze. Depending on how long you want your carpet to last, you need to choose accordingly. I suggest you take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test and follow the prompts until you determine what face-weight and pile density might best meet your needs and goals.

For example: A 100% nylon frieze carpet style with a tuft twist of at least 6, a face weight of 38 to 45-oz, and a pile density of at 1800-2200 is designed to withstand 10 to 15 years of medium to heavy traffic. Frieze styles wear so well because they have a higher tuft twist and Nylon is the most durable fiber.

Smartstrand by Mohawk is another good option if you want a carpet that is easy to clean and is excellent at resisting stains. Between Nylon and Smartstrand I think that the most important thing to consider is your budget and how long you want your new carpet to last. Overall, Nylon will last longer, but Smartstrand will be a bit easier to clean. Smartstrand is also known as Triexta or PTT or Sorona and was invented by DuPont. Personally I am a fan of Nylon because it has stood the teat of time for over 70 years while Smartstrand has been around for about 10 years.

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Can Dirty Carpet Affect those with Asthma, COPD or Allergies?

How Often should I have my Carpets Cleaned? What about Allergies, Asthma, COPD or other Respiratory Problems Caused by Dirty Carpet?

By Alan Fletcher – 30-Year Carpet Expert and Consumer Advocate

 

The cost for quality carpet cleaning depends on the age and condition of your carpet, how often you have it cleaned and the amount of time and effort it will take to do the job right.

 

4 Facts To Know About Carpet Cleaning:

  1. How Often Should I Have My Carpet Cleaned if I have Allergies or Asthma?
  2. How to find an Honest and Reputable Carpet Cleaning Company?
  3. How To Avoid Carpet Cleaning Scams and Costly Consumer Mistakes
  4. What to do about Pet Damage; Odor, Carpet Stains and Carpet Repairs

Carpet Cleaning Rule # 1

The dirtier your carpet is… the more it’s going to cost to have it cleaned properly.

Imagine not cleaning your stove-top for a week, or a month or a year! How much more difficult would it be for you to clean it? If your stove top was just dirty from last night’s meal then it might take just a few quick swipes with a damp cloth or sponge to get the surface clean again.

But if you had not cleaned it after daily use for a week or more, then can you imagine how long it could take to clean it and how much more difficult the task would be? The same goes for your carpet.

If you haven’t had your carpet cleaned in a long time, no matter who you call… it’s going to take some extra time & effort to do a thorough job. This means it will cost you more to get the job done right!

 

Have Allergies, Asthma or Respiratory Issues? Clean your carpets more often!

Any carpet pile can harbor plenty of dirt, dust and debris. Even the most powerful vacuums can’t remove everything embedded deep in the carpet pile. Having your carpet cleaned an a regular basis can not only help reduce the overall cost, but may also help you and your family live in a much cleaner living environment

 

Can Bad Air Quality Cause Respiratory Problems?

Having your carpet cleaned every other year is the standard in a normal household. However, if you have a large family, you should have your carpet cleaned more often. If you or your family have any respiratory issues like asthma, COPD or allergies, then I think it would be wise to have your carpet cleaned more often.

Cleaning your carpet once every 18 months, or even once a year, may help reduce the potential for respiratory symptoms, or problems caused from exposure to air-borne pollutants. Using a vacuum with a HEPA Filter (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) may also a good idea. Check out my Carpet Vacuum Cleaner page.

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Learn more about Carpet cleaning fees, costs and pricing:

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