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Types of Carpeting: Loop vs. Cut Pile Carpet



Carpeting is a popular flooring choice for homeowners and has been for generations. Each type of carpeting material has its benefits, but they also have some major differences. In this article, we'll discuss the three main types of carpeting.


Loop Pile Carpet


Loop pile carpet is the most common type of carpeting and can be made from nylon, polypropylene, or polyester. It is durable construction that is easy to clean, making it an ideal choice for busy households with pets or children. The Loop pile is also soft underfoot and has a luxurious appearance that matches any decorating style.


Loop pile carpets have a dense surface created by twisted yarns running vertically in the direction of traffic flow. This design makes it easier for dirt to be vacuumed out of the backing and prevents wear. A common use for this type is on stairs because they can withstand heavy foot traffic while still looking great.


Cut Pile Carpet


Cut pile carpet is a loop pile carpet with the loops cut. That means it's just like a loop pile in terms of how it looks and feels, but it's more durable than a loop pile. It also costs more because it takes more raw materials to make a cut pile carpet than a similar-sized piece of looped rug.


Cut carpeting has the added benefit over other types of carpets in that it is not as susceptible to stains and spills.


Cut pile carpets are made with short horizontal yarns that give them their shaggy look and feel; these fibers are cut off at regular intervals during manufacturing so they don't show if someone steps on them accidentally or pulls one loose from its backing when vacuuming (note: high-end versions of this style may have longer fibers). If you're interested in making your room more plush without having to worry about cleaning up spills or stains, then this type might be right for you!


Cut and Loop Pile


Cut and Loop Pile carpets are made of two separate fibers. One is long and thin, like the threads in a loop carpet. The other is short, like a single-ply cut pile. When you look at the surface of a Cut and Loop Pile carpet, you can see two distinct layers of fibers that alternate with each other:

  • A top layer consists of loops from one side to the next.

  • A bottom layer is composed of shorter fibers from one end to the other.


You now know the difference between loop and cut pile carpet. You also know that there are three types of carpets: loop, cut, and loop/cut. Now it's time for you to decide which one fits your needs best! Ready to get started? Trust our expert flooring team at Norman's in Stuttgart to help design the flooring of your dreams! Call today!

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