Carpet comes in a variety of constructions, and fiber types. Knowing the difference can help ensure that you are getting the best value for your needs.

Benefits of Carpet

Affordability – Carpet is usually the most economical flooring type.

Comfort – Carpet provides a warm, soft surface that is especially desirable in the cold months.

Safety – Carpet is more slip resistant, and also acts as a cushion in case falls do occur.

Noise Reduction – Carpet not only absorbs sounds in the room, it also is a great sound barrier for blocking sounds from transferring to rooms below.

Air Quality – Carpet helps trap airborne particles and keeps them from circulating in the air. Studies have shown that properly maintained carpet can reduce allergy symptoms more than other flooring types.

Types of Carpet Fibers:

Nylon – This is the strongest fiber type. It’s the best choice for busy households. Nylon is easy to clean, stain resistant, and very durable. Its resilience keeps it looking new longer than any other fiber. Nylon is typically more expensive than the others.

Olefin (or Polypropylene) – This is also a very strong fiber. It is generally found in berber and commercial carpets. It’s an excellent choice for high traffic areas, but it’s not easy to clean and is prone to matting. It may not be the best choice for those with kids or pets.

Polyester (or P.E.T.) – This is generally the least expensive carpet fiber. It has a softer feel but is not as resilient as other fibers. It is extremely stain resistant compared to others, which is a great choice if you have kids or pets.

Wool – This is generally the most expensive carpet fiber. Unlike the others, wool is natural. It is very soft, durable, stain resistant, and it is naturally fire resistant. However, it must be professionally maintained, which adds to the overall cost of the carpet.

Carpet Specifications:

Density – This is the most important determinant of quality after the fiber type. It is basically how tightly packed together the fibers are. The more dense, the more durable.

Face Weight – This is another important factor to consider after the fiber type. It is the actual weight of a square yard of carpet (excluding the backing). Most carpet is 20oz. or greater. A “good” residential carpet would be around 40oz. However, a heavier face weight does not always mean it is a better grade.

Pile Height – This is simply a measurement of how tall the visible fibers are. The taller the pile, the softer the carpet will feel, but keep in mind that this will also be harder to vacuum and more likely to crush.

Tuft Twist – If you look closely at a carpet fiber, you will see a bunch of strands of filament twisted together. You can usually count the number of twists in the fiber by looking at it. The more twists you see, the longer your carpet will look like new.

While there are many other factors to consider when shopping for carpet, we strive to keep our customers as informed as possible. At Columbia Floor Source, we want to make sure that you are truly getting the best value for your needs. Call or come by to speak with our experts. We are glad to help!

West Columbia, SC
2744 Emanuel Church Road
West Columbia, SC 29170
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Phone: 803-520-0044
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Hours: M-F: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hub Plott
Hub Plott
19:52 22 Apr 20
Great price and quick installation. They made it as painless as possible. The work was completed quickly and expertly. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for flooring. You will get good work and products done at a very fair price!read more
Kinsey Faucette
Kinsey Faucette
15:29 02 Oct 19
Great prices and friendly staff!
Private Review
Private Review
02:29 30 Jul 19
Unfortunately, this was a terrible experience. I met with the owner and he lied to me on numerous occasions, and proceeded to blame is staff every time he was confronted. He spent the entire time I was at his store trying to spend thousands of dollars with him on his phone not even paying attention to me. He is only after money and making himself look good. Do yourself a favor and find somewhere else. Don’t be pulled in by the cheap prices. The service you get is not worth. I am still waiting on my floors to be installed this to paid for weeks ago, and was promised they would be installed on a certain date. That date has been moved 3 times and now won’t take my calls. I will be going to the better business bureau. Stay more
Hugh Hugh
Hugh Hugh
13:28 25 Jun 19
Great costumer service, affordable price. Quality materials
mona norris
mona norris
15:08 10 Jun 19
Excellent service and materials. Good prices.
Xaque Williams
Xaque Williams
23:57 01 May 19
This really needs to be a 6/5 stars! From the moment I walked in the door Steven was helpful and welcoming. He was able to show me a product that was in my price range and gave me a quote. I left and came back later that day to purchase and they had all my info on hand. They actually got me a better carpet for a few dollars less than originally quoted! They were able to set up for installation within the short time frame I needed without extra cost. The guys who came out to install did a very fast and professional job! Excellent work! Excellent experience with this company! Would buy here again and recommend to a friend or family member 11/10! Thanks Columbia floor source!!!read more
Brooke Beach
Brooke Beach
23:00 28 Feb 19
Columbia Floor Source did an excellent job replacing all the floors downstairs and my hallway upstairs. The wood floors were completed in two days. They moved our furniture and put everything back properly. Everyone was extremely nice and polite. I highly recommend this company if you are replacing your floors. The price was extremely low compared to other companies and they did an EXCELLENT job!read more
Amy Holland
Amy Holland
21:01 22 Feb 19
I drive by this place every day. Looks like a warehouse but I decided to go in. It's very nice inside. Very friendly staff. Selection was great! They came out free of charge and gave me an estimate the same day. Their price was the best by far!read more
Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson
17:31 05 Feb 19
After wasting a month dealing with Lowes, we decided to try a locally owned shop. Wow! Great customer service! They are extremely knowledgeable, honest, and fairly priced. The flooring looks great, and the workmanship was above and beyond our expectations. Highly recommended!read more
Craig Jackson
Craig Jackson
17:16 31 Jan 19
This place was very clean and the owner made .me feel welcome.they had very reasonable prices.very nice people.
Blane Mays
Blane Mays
14:30 06 Dec 18
Great price and selection. Dustin Carlsen is professional and very informative. Great place for all your flooring needs.
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