columbia carpet flooringWhen you choose carpeting, your options are endless. Carpets come in many materials, brands, and styles—not to mention colors! At Floor Coverings International Howard County, we help homeowners in the greater Columbia, Ellicott City, Cooksville, Clarksville, MD area find the right carpeting for their homes. Here are some things to consider when you’re shopping for a new carpet.


When it comes to carpeting material, it comes down to quality versus affordability. The best carpeting is made from natural, organic materials like wool. Although this is the strongest and most comfortable carpet, you pay for that luxury. Most carpeting is synthetic, meaning that it is made from petroleum. We carry nylon, polyester, and olefin carpeting. Nylon is the most durable and popular option.


The vast majority of wall-to-wall carpeting is tufted. This means that it is made by injecting pile, or yarn, into a backing material. This results in rows of loops. When the rows are left intact, you have loop pile carpeting. Loop pile carpets, such as Berber, are strong and durable. When the rows of loops are severed into strands, you get cut pile carpeting. Cutting the loops sacrifices durability for comfort. That is why most American homes have cut pile carpets like textured, plush, and frieze.


When choosing a color for your new carpeting, it is best to consider the current décor and when you plan to replace your carpeting. If you purchase new carpeting every five years, it is worth it to make bold choices. Most Columbia residents replace their carpeting every twenty to thirty years. Styles fluctuate from year to year, so it’s important to find a color that is as “timeless” as possible. Earth tones and neutral colors like gray and white are good options.

Find Your Dream Carpeting

At Floor Coverings International Howard County, we work with families in the greater Columbia, Ellicott City, Cooksville, Clarksville, MD area to find their dream flooring. Learn more and schedule a free, in-home consultation today!

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