Carpet Gradings are a useful guide to let you know the quality of carpet you are buying, but you have to be careful in making comparisons. Gradings are usually either Medium Duty, Heavy Duty or Extra Heavy Duty. If you have stairs look for a stairs grading on the carpet.
NATURAL WOOL & WOOLRICH CARPET
Wool is a natural carpet fibre. In many quarters it is regarded as the best quality fibre to make carpet. These carpets are warm in winter and cool in summer and bounce back well from foot traffic.
Wool is a preferred choice environmentally due to it being a natural fibre and therefore decomposes better when recycled. Wool is also naturally fire retardant. Also when you buy a wool carpet , the chances are you are supporting our local carpet manufacturers - Godfrey Hirst , Feltex , Cavalier Bremworth and Norman Ellison Carpets.
NEW TECHNOLOGY CARPETS
Carpet technology has come a long way. Non wool carpets are completely synthetic, for sufferers of asthma or allergies, these are a real help. This new style of carpet offers a plush luxurious feel, in a highly contemporary product. Feeling is believing! Plus stain and fade resistance are second to none!
SOLUTION DYED NYLON
Solution dyed nylon carpets have superior anti–stain characteristics, are extremely fade resistant and the piles do not shed, which mean most manufacturers back them with extensive warranties. Anti – static features are common in most solution dyed carpets, and yarn memory ensures cut pile fibres hold their twist and appearance for longer.
PET POLYESTER CARPETS
These carpets use recycled plastics - plastic bottles, making better use of our natural resources. The fibre tends to have deeper and richer colour holding its appearance for longer. It is also has a luxurious handle and is resistant to water soluble stains. The yarn is great for asthma sufferers
Derived from natural corn sugar, the polymer in our eco+ carpet places less reliance on non-renewable resources than other synthetic fibres and generates less greenhouse gas emissions to produce. The fibre is commonly known as triexta yarn.
A world first for residential homes, only eco+ carpet combines this polymer with ColourSmart dye technology. This provides new levels of stain, wear and colourfast performance plus enriched softness. Available in a range of the latest colours and styles! The fibres are usually very soft to touch.You will find the latest triexta yarn carpets manufactured by Godfrey Hirst and Feltex in our stores.
Cut pile carpets, particularly those that are plush or near plush, may develop lighter or darker areas depending on the angles from which they are viewed. This phenomenon is generally referred to as “Shading” or “Watermarking”. The causes of shading are not understood and it cannot be accurately predicted or prevented. Shading does not affect the durability of the carpet and is not caused by the manufacturing or installation process.
It is common to find that the texture lines (both up and down and sideways) may be slightly irregular. These irregularities are not a manufacturing flaw, but appear naturally in the production of these products.
Cut pile carpets:
particularly “plush pile” will in some circumstances show the condition known as “Shading , Watermarking or Pile Reversal”. This condition is characterized by random light and dark patches appearing some weeks after installation , caused by permanent reversal or bending of the carpet pile fibres with consequential different light effects. It can neither be predicted nor prevented. It does not affect the wear or durability of the carpet. It is beyond the control of the manufacturer and is not recognized as a either a product defect or a manufacturing fault. Tracking is caused by imprints left in the carpets , primarily from feet walking on the carpet . This is not a defect or manufacturing fault, but an inherent fibre characteristic. Most carpet styles and textures show some effect from pile flattening or a change in pile lay due to frequent walking or other forms of traffic. You are advised to consider these characteristics before purchasing.
In order to properly install your new flooring cutting and seaming are quite common. Today’s heat-bond seams are very strong. The thickness if this tape may cause seams to peak by 2-3mm, but this will settle down over time as the seam beds in to the underlay. Our installers pride themselves in making these seams as inconspicuous as possible, however as with all products installed in lengths such as formica or wallpaper no seam is entirely invisible.