Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Modern Shag Carpets are Classy and Sophisticated



When you hear of Shag carpets, you may think of the of long shaggy carpets of the late 1970’s in greens and golds with multicolored textures.  Shag carpets have come a long way since then, with modern shag carpeting offering luxurious softness with a look of sophistication.  
Shag carpeting is constructed with dense cable yarn making it extremely soft, which is desirable in upscale bedrooms for example, although the soft feel of shag creates a cozy warm feeling in any room.   The typical shag carpet is usually at least a one inch pile, so that the yarns lay randomly when exposed to foot traffic.  
A shorter shag is a cut-pile plush usually a half an inch to three-quarters of an inch, with a little more density.  This is a shorter pile but gives a similar luxurious feel to the shag carpet, with the fibers still falling randomly with foot traffic.  
Quality Shag Carpet Manufacturers
Shag carpet can come in any color imaginable, and when purchased from a reputable manufacturer you can rest assured that your carpet will provide the comfort and softness you desire for many years.  
Quality carpet fibers are necessary for a quality carpet, and Great Western Flooring offers only the best in quality carpets and flooring.  Great Western Flooring has been installing quality carpets, flooring and countertops to commercial and residential customers in the Chicagoland area for over 35 years.
Our carpet and flooring products are the highest in quality, installed by trained carpet professionals with state-of-the-art equipment.  We can assist you in determining the best carpet for your room or project, based on the environment and your specifications, providing long lasting comfort at an affordable cost.  

Stop by one of our showrooms and see how we can help you add quality flooring to your space, improving your comfort and adding value to your home.  Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable carpet and flooring experts for a FREE consultation.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What are My Options with Berber Carpet Colors?



Berber carpet is a very popular style of carpet, but you may be wondering what are my options when it comes to Berber carpet colors?  The typical Berber carpet that may come to mind is the off-white color with specks of a darker color such as tans, browns or gray.  This is very common as the color specks help to hide dirt as the carpet ages, and is quite versatile as you can match a variation of this style to almost any décor.  
Berber is More Than Neutral Colors
The multicolor specks in a neutral base tone is the most typical Berber carpet purchase, but this durable carpet can be much more than Neutral!  Mohawk is one of the leading carpet manufacturers using only high-quality fibers for high quality carpets, and offer dozens of color variations.  Within the Moonbeam color family of the Berber Ease style line, Mohawk offers color combinations with off-white, tan, gray and blue.  
Eye-catching Berber carpets will maintain their vibrant colors for many years.  With the proper care, your carpeting will stay beautiful and appealing whichever color you choose.
Berber Durability
Berber carpet is a loop pile type of carpet, with high density for maximum durability.  Berber is the carpet of choice for high-traffic areas, or rooms with a lot of activity from either children or pets.  With Mohawk’s stain resistant Berber carpet, you can rest assured that your purchase will last as long as you want it to, providing years of comfort and beautiful flooring.
For the carpet of your dreams, in the color that you most desire, contact a carpet and flooring professional such as Great Western Flooring.  

Great Western Flooring has been pleasing customers with high-quality carpet from the most trusted names in carpet manufacturers for over 35 years.  Serving the Chicago area, we are familiar with high end commercial installations, or residential home improvements.  For the most color options with any style, including Berber carpet, contact us today for a FREE cost estimate of your next carpet and flooring project.  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Match Your Carpet Pile to Your Carpet Purpose




The type of carpet pile refers to the carpet fiber density, and goes along with the height of the pile. This is measured from the surface of the carpet to the backing, where a flat pile refers to a short pile, and shaggy carpet would have a long pile.   Depending on the purpose of the carpeted room, and exposure to elements, high traffic areas and how long you want your carpet to last, the right pile can go a long way in the proper setting.   Conversely, the wrong choice in pile can lead to a much quicker wear and tear and the need to replace your carpet sooner than you would like.
Loop Pile
Loop Pile carpet has dense looped strands for a clean, low profile look.  This type of carpet construction is also quite durable, making it ideal for areas of high activity.  Looped pile carpet comes in various styles, including Berber, level loop, and multi-level loop for a variety of textures and options.  The loops in Berber carpet are made of thick bulky yarns of either wool, nylon or polypropylene, and can be either level loop, or multi-level loop.
Level Loop Pile
Level loop carpet pile is very durable and resistant to tracking as they are made with weaving even loops into the carpet backing.  Level loop pile carpet is densely packed making it easy to clean, and ideal for high traffic areas.
Multi-Level Loop Pile
Pile that is multi-level loop, is a loop with two to three varying heights in the pile, giving a textured look.  The variation in pile can provide a durable appearance, but the loops may be easy to snag.
Cut Pile
Cut Pile is like a loop pile, except the loops are cut at the top of the loop leaving the yarn bundles standing straight.  This is a very popular carpet pile, but is less resistant to crushing that the loop pile.  There are many variations of cut pile, including Saxony, Frieze and Twist.

Let the carpet professionals at Great Western Flooring help you determine the best types of carpet pile for your needs.  We have over 35 years of experience pleasing customers in Chicago and surrounding areas with high quality and low-cost flooring and countertops.  Contact us today for a free no-obligation quotation or stop by one of our showrooms to see how we can help you with your carpet new carpet installation.  

Monday, July 17, 2017

How to Pick the Perfect Carpeting for a Home or Office


Carpeting is one of the largest investments you will make in your home or office, providing comfort and increasing your home’s value.  With so many choices in different carpet fibers and padding, how do you know where to begin?  The following are some basic tips in choosing the perfect carpeting for your home or office, providing the most benefits for your investment.  
Work with a Reputable Retailer
For confidence in the quality of the carpeting you purchase, work with a reputable retailer to know for certain that the carpeting you purchase is truly what it is claimed to be.  A salesman from a budget store may try to convince you that their carpeting is just as good or maybe even the exact same thing, but the only way to know for sure is to work with a reputable carpet and flooring retailer.
Low budget carpeting may appear to look just as good, but if the carpet is not manufactured with high quality methods it could quickly fall apart, thus wasting all your effort and money.  For something as important as the comfort and value of your home, don’t risk being taken by a smooth-talking salesman, work with reputable retailers like Great Western Flooring.
For over 35 years Great Western Flooring has been adding comfort and value to homes and businesses with high quality, long lasting, beautiful and elegant carpeting and padding installed by experienced and professional carpet installers, at the most affordable price.  
Know Your Specifications
To get the most value from your investment, you’ll want to know the specifications that you desire.  Is it for a room or hallway with high traffic?  You’ll want a strong fiber for a high traffic area to retain its resiliency.  If the room will be exposed to intense direct sunlight you’ll want a fiber that can withstand UV exposure and retain its durability.
If you have young children or pets you may prefer a carpeting like Shaw’s LifeGuard® carpet that will repel water protecting the carpet fibers and the floor beneath it.   
Shaw has thousands of color and style combinations for any room design, no matter the size or décor.  Great Western Flooring is a proud retailer of Shaw quality carpeting and flooring, offering you an endless array of choices with textures, carpet fiber types and colors.  
Let Great Western Flooring show you how easy it is to pick the perfect carpeting for your room, assuring your specifications are met, for total satisfaction and ultimate comfort.  Add value to your home and get a quick return on your investment with comfort and style.  

Contact Great Western Flooring today or stop by one of our convenient locations in Naperville, Oswego, or St. Charles.  We have been providing comfort and value to homes and businesses for over 35 years with experienced and professional carpeting and flooring installations.  Contact us today for a free estimate, and to speak with one of our knowledgeable design specialists.  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Review Types of Carpet Fibers for the Perfect Selection


Reviewing the available types of carpet fibers for your carpet installation will pay big benefits in your satisfaction with your new carpet install.  Choosing the correct type of carpet for your environment is important to enjoy all of the advantages that specific types of carpet fibers have to offer.   Before you invest in your new carpet installation, let’s review the different types of carpet fibers and the characteristics of each.  
Different Types of Carpet Fibers:
Nylon
Nylon is used as a very versatile type of carpet fiber, giving high performance in all categories including texture retention, soil and stain resistance and a wide array of options for colors and styles.  Nylon is used in both cut pile and loop pile styles, and is the most widely used type of carpet fibers.  
Polyester (PET)
Polyester is a soft type of carpet fiber, but is typically not quite as strong and durable as nylon.  Polyester carpet fiber is naturally resistant to stains and to fading, but should not be used in high traffic areas.    
Polypropylene (Olefin)
Polypropylene is also known as Olefin, and is a type of carpet fiber that is solution dyed.  When a carpet is solution dyed it means that the color is permanently manufactured into the carpet fibers.  Solution dyed carpet such as Olefin gives excellent resistance to fading, even when exposed to direct sunlight.  This is an excellent type of carpet fiber to be used next to large sliding glass windows emitting intense sunlight into the room and onto your carpeting.
Olefin carpet is also water resistant, as polypropylene repels the water, making it one of the most ideal type of carpet fibers for kids and pets.  Waterproof carpet keeps the spill on top of the carpet, giving you time to tend to the spill without soaking into your carpet and pad.  
Polypropylene is not quite as durable as other fibers such as nylon, and is typically used in more loop pile textures that require less resiliency.  
PTT (Triexta Polyester)
Polyester became popular in the 1990’s as low-cost production of polyester carpeting was first introduced.  Polyester is also known as PTT, or Triexta, and performs well in stain resistance although this type of carpet fiber will attract soil and dirt that can make it difficult to remove.  
When you need assistance determining the best types of carpet fibers for your next carpet project, call on the experts at Great Western Flooring.   We provide professional flooring and carpet installations to residential and commercial customers in the Chicagoland area.  

Great Western Flooring is a professional flooring and carpet installation company, serving the Chicagoland area for over 35 years.   We have experience in determining the best types of carpet fibers for your specific application.  Stop by one of conveniently located design centers in Naperville, Oswego or St. Charles.  Call today to schedule a design consultation, and to speak with one of our flooring design experts.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Comparing Carpet Fiber Types and Characteristics


Carpets are made out of basically four different carpet fiber types, although some carpets are made with blends.  Each fiber has characteristics and qualities unique to that fiber type, and you should choose the right carpet fiber type for your purpose.  It is important to consider the environment in which you install your carpet, the foot traffic it will receive, the conditions it will be exposed to, and how long you want it to last.  
The four basic carpet fiber types are: Nylon, Polyester, PTT and Polypropylene.  Let’s take a look at the characteristics of each of those and compare their qualities.  
Nylon Carpet Fiber Types
Nylon is known as the most versatile of all carpet fiber types, with excellent performance in all categories of stain and soil resistance, texture retention, and options for style and colors.  Nylon is the most widely used carpet fiber, and is used in both loop and cut pile styles.
Nylon has great flexibility with color, and many nylon yarns are very soft.  Nylon carpet can be stain and soil resistant, and nylon carpet from Shaw is treated with stain resistant carpet treatment for added protection.  
Polyester (PET) Carpet Fiber Types
Carpet made of polyester fibers are exceptionally soft, and naturally stain and fade resistance, although polyester is not as strong as nylon.  Therefore, carpet made from polyester carpet fibers will not be quite as durable as nylon carpet fiber types.   This is why polyester carpet is desirable in low to medium traffic areas.  
Shaw makes polyester fiber carpet that will deliver high performance, with several styles to choose from.  
Polypropylene Carpet Fiber Types (Olefin)
Polypropylene, also known as Olefin, is a carpet fiber type that is solution dyed.  This means that the color is literally built into the fiber when manufactured, making the color permanent that cannot be removed.  Solution dyed polypropylene carpet fiber provides great resistance to fading, even when exposed to direct sunlight and harsh elements.
Polypropylene is also very water resistant, as it will not absorb water, making it one of the most ideal carpet fiber types for water proof carpeting.  Olefin is not quite as strong and durable as other fibers and is used in more loop pile textures which require less resiliency.  
PTT (Triexta Polyester) Carpet Fiber Types
Polyester fiber, also known as PTT or Triexta, first became popular in the 1990’s when low-cost production became possible.  Shaw introduced the first PTT carpet fiber types for residential use in 2001, featuring excellent stain resistance and resiliency.  PTT is adequate for stain resistance, although can attract dirt and soil which can lead to premature wearing in high traffic areas.  

For more information on all available carpet fiber types contact Great Western Flooring, your flooring and carpet expert.


Great Western Flooring is a professional flooring and carpet installation company, serving the Chicagoland area for over 35 years.   We have experience in determining the best carpet fiber types for your specific application.  Stop by one of conveniently located design centers in Naperville, Oswego or St. Charles.  Call today to schedule a design consultation, and to speak with one of our flooring design experts.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What are Some of the Most Popular Carpet Types

When preparing for a new carpet installation, it is beneficial to know the most popular carpet types, their properties and the benefits they add to your home or office.   Installing new carpet brings comfort and warmth to your home, and is an investment you want to last.  Knowing the properties of various types of carpeting will help you make the right decision for your needs.

Plush Carpet

Plush carpet is a popular carpet type in many homes and apartments, although with a smooth even pile it lays very flat revealing footprints rather easily compared to other types of carpet.  
Plush carpeting is desirable in many settings and is available in almost any color imaginable.  Plush nylon carpet is a type that wears well and cleans easily.  

Textured Plush

Textured plush is a popular carpet type that contains varying tuft height, making the footprints and high traffic areas less visible.  Many colors are available, with a similar price range as the an even pile type of carpet.  This is quite durable and easy to clean especially when stain resistant treatment is applied.

Sculptured (High/Low)

This popular type of carpet has cut tufts and a looped manicured appearance.  This is typically a high cut and a low-cut pile in multi colors that does a good job of hiding dirt and footprints.

Frieze

Frieze is one of the most popular carpet types with tight tufts that are twisted, rather than straight like the plush style.  With this type of carpet, the fibers appear crooked or wiggly, which gives it a very desirable look for many homeowners.  This carpet type is good in heavy traffic areas, giving great resistance to wear and tear from vacuuming and footprints.  This carpet type is durable, yet elegant for formal areas of the home.

Saxony Carpet Type

Saxony is a refined cut-pile of carpet that is close to a plush type, but appears a bit bolder with a velvety feel ideal for refined formal environments.   

Cut and Loop

This popular carpet type combines cut and loop pile, creating a multitude of patterns and designs.

Loop Pile Carpet Type

A loop pile is a Berber type of carpeting, the smaller flatter loop provides a very durable texture, giving long lasting performance with low visible wear and tear and footprints in high traffic areas.

Contact the expert on the most popular carpet types, Great Western Flooring has been providing experienced professional flooring and carpet installation for over 35 years.  We have experience designing and installing the most superior floors and countertops in the Chicago area.  Contact us today for a simple solution, even in complex architectural room designs.