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What About Wool Carpet?

Why would I buy Wool Carpet?

Wool Carpet has innate stain/soil resistance so that chemical stain resistance treatments are not necessary. Wool’s unique fiber structure of overlapping, hard, microscopic scales (much like roof shingles), make it durable and hard wearing while inhibiting dirt adhering to the fiber and giving significantly better soil release than other fibers. Wool is one of the most forgiving and easiest fibers to clean and maintain. It does not attract lint so vacuuming is easier. In wet cleaning, the fiber swells and releases dirt particles.

A simple pattern that creates the perfect combination of style and beauty. The simplicity of this merino wool product relates well to all design statements.

A simple pattern that creates the perfect combination of style and beauty. The simplicity of this merino wool product relates well to all design statements.

Godfrey Hirst  a top manufacturer of fine carpet chooses WOOL is its fiber of choice for the North American market. The wool fiber production process consists of The Natural Elements…Sun, Rain, Grass and Sheep. No artificial ingredients needed, no artificial ingredients added.

Wool is natural..

Wool shorn from sheep is completely natural.  It is composed entirely of amino acids, the building blocks of life.

Wool is sustainable..

It is produced from a totally renewable resource – grass – and is thus environmentally sound

Wool is renewable..

Sheep can be shorn every 9 – 12 months.  New Zealand sheep are renowned for producing the best carpet wools available.

Wool is biodegradable..

In soil, wool readily biodegrades to produce nitrogen, sulfur, carbon dioxide and water, which are all plant nutrients.

Wool carpet is naturally stain and soil resistant..

The wool fiber’s structure consists of overlapping scales, arranged much like roof shingles.  These scales inhibit dirt from adhering to the fiber and help fleck it away.  Wool has significantly better soil release than any other fiber.  Wool cleans better, making stain protection unnecessary.

Wool carpet is naturally crush-resistant..

The wool fiber is naturally curly, and it has more crush resistance than any other fiber.

Wool carpet is hypo-allergenic..

Wool is non-allergenic and does not promote the growth of dust mites or bacteria.

Wool carpet by Godfrey Hirst is affordable..

Godfrey Hirst is one of the largest wool manufacturers in the world, so it can provide an exceptional selection of value priced carpets.

Wool will last throughout the years. Its superior properties assure quality, function and design.

Wool will last throughout the years. Its superior properties assure quality, function and design.

IT’S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WOOL AND SYNTHETIC FIBERS

  • Wool is a natural product while synthetics are manufactured from man-made chemicals. Wool is the only authentic naturally sustainable carpet fiber.
  • Wool fiber is not only renewable and very durable, it is also low toxic and biodegradable. These are rare qualities in carpet fibers considering most petrochemical based fibers can include over 100 chemicals and be a source of indoor air quality problems.
  • Natural wool is one of the most durable carpet materials, lasting 25 to 50 years.
  • The soft look and rich feel of wool is still unmatched by any man made fiber and can be more affordable than you think.
  • Wool carpet is indeed a long lasting luxury carpet.
  • Wool production compares favorably with the manufacture of man-made fibers in regards to energy consumption utilizing under one-fifth of the energy of nylon manufacturing.
  • Wool is a natural fiber that synthetics strive to emulate.
  • Wool resists and releases soil more easily, is crush resistant, absorbs noise and noxious gases from the air, resists odor, and resists fire more than other fiber choices.
Wool carpet is safe for your family.

Wool carpet is safe for your family.

Merino Wool is the perfect blend of science and nature, not only as a high performance fiber, but also
because it is luxuriously soft. The softness that Merino wool brings to carpet in no way diminishes
performance. As in all wool, Merino wool is natural,sustainable, renewable and biodegradable. Merino
wool carpet is naturally stain, soil and crush resistant. Enjoy the uniqueness that Merino Wool brings to your carpet.

A truly renewable source for flooring comes from the environment.

A truly renewable source for flooring comes from the environment.

A Brief History of Merino Wool

The history of Merino wool dates back to the 1200’s, when the Moors crossbred Spanish sheep with Berber sheep to produce the first Merino sheep. By the 1600’s wool from Merino sheep was recognized as the world’s finest wool, as it is still today. Merinos of all types were introduced into Australia in the late 1700’s. Through selection and crossbreeding, and with particular attention to the impact of the environment on both animal and fleece, the Australian Merino that we now know evolved.

Carpet and Rug Care Guide available here –> Carpet and Rug Institute (this will open a PDF Document)

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Flooring Choices For Your Staircase

Staircases always seem to pose a difficult point in deciding flooring options for a home. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing the flooring for a staircase. One of my most popular options is to choose a carpet from one of the thousands of options in the showroom and custom make a stair runner with coordinating Area Rugs and Hall Runners. At ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings you can choose products from 250 top manufacturers – Great products from brands your clients ask for by name, like Masland, Fabrica, Stanton, Milliken, just to name a few.Usually when planning a Staircase with a Carpet we have to order more carpet then needed because of waste and the Area Rugs cost practically nothing more then the binding charge.

A beautiful pattern carpet runner on this staircase is complimented by the area rug in the dining room.

A beautiful pattern carpet runner on this staircase is complimented by the area rug in the dining room.

When ever I start with a Client in the Showroom, my first question is usually, “Who will be using the Staircase?” If it is younger children or older adults safety becomes my chief concern, stairs can be very slippery with the wrong product on them. If your stairs have not been built yet, here are some ratios for safety when planning your staircase:

Safety First
The horizontal distance from the front to back of the tread is called the run, and the vertical distance is the rise. As you will have noticed from the staircases you’ve walked on, the rise and run can vary.
Rise-to-run ratio. The total of the rise and run should add up to 17 inches. Practically speaking, this means that as the run gets shorter, the rise should get steeper for the stair to feel comfortable as you walk. There are limits, of course. A rise of more than 8¼ inches is going to be too steep for many people.

Matching your exsisting hardwood with a painted riser gives a very clean visual.

Matching your existing hardwood with a painted riser gives a very clean visual.

Another concern is what products do the stairs meet at the top and bottom of the staircase? In my own home I have two different tiles at each end of the stairs, a darker tile is in my Kitchen upstairs and lighter tile downstairs in our Family Den. I chose a dark hardwood and I am in the process of looking for the perfect runner to incorporate down the middle.

The bound edges of a classy carpet make a nice runner and landing on hardwood.

The bound edges of a classy carpet make a nice runner and landing on hardwood.

Design and color always play one of the largest concerns when planning your stairs. Why not have a little fun? I have always liked hardwood on the tread with decorative hand painted tiles on the riser. It adds life to any staircase.

Hand Painted Tiles add spice to any staircase

Hand Painted Tiles add spice to any staircase

One of my favorite options when budget is a large concern is for a Patterned Carpet. It gives the staircase a clean and elegant look and holds up well under traffic.

A tight nylon, patterned carpet will hold up well on a busy staircase.

A tight nylon, patterned carpet will hold up well on a busy staircase.

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The Right Carpet For Every Room

When thinking about what flooring choices you have for your project why not consider carpet? Too often Clients want to do Hardwood throughout their home, really? How boring!! Carpet is warm and inviting and always feels more welcoming then hard surface products like Hardwood or Tile.

Carpet is more Family Friendly!

Do you want to get get down on the floor and play?

Do you want to get get down on the floor and play?

Do you want the best selection available? Use ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings for your next flooring purchase!

Experience the huge selection of residential commercial carpet that only a leading  carpet distributor like ProSource can deliver. Each of our carpet Showrooms features a huge selection of residential and commercial carpet spanning a wide range of colors and styles. From traditional and simplistic designs to the most elegant and luxurious offerings available, select the carpet flooring that best suits your needs – all at reasonable wholesale prices. Visit our carpet Showrooms to see custom colors and quality products from carpet manufacturers all over the world.

A Pattern Carpet always adds a unique and personal  touch!

A Pattern Carpet always adds a unique and personal touch!

There are many styles, patterns, and colors when chosen correctly can make any room come alive! You can use carpet for certain themes and ideas you may have for a particular room or area of your house.

What a perfect way to set the theme of this room!

What a perfect way to set the theme of this room!

What About My Closet?

What a place to have fun. Usually when I am helping Clients select flooring for their Remodel Job or New Construction Home we use this as an opportunity to go crazy. Define yourself or your particular space just for you. Throw caution to the wind and have some fun, from Animal Prints to Bold Colors their is no Faux Pas here.

A subtle pattern with the right color hues just makes this closet so elegant!

A subtle pattern with the right color hues just makes this closet so elegant!

It’s your closet, let loose and see what happens!

A bold pattern in a striking color is so dramatic!

A bold pattern in a striking color is so dramatic!

The Nursery is the perfect room for Carpet!

Another area of the home where I think carpet is overlooked is in the Nursery. Carpet is warmer and quieter then any other product you could select.

Warm and Quiet ~ Carpet is the perfect option!

Warm and Quiet ~ Carpet is the perfect option!

Carpet is much softer for play time.

Carpet is much softer for play time.

Why does Carpet have to be boring all the time?

When choosing the right carpet let your imagination run free. We get so locked in to boring beige plush carpet, it doesn’t need to be that way.

Bold Diagonal Stripes make an awesome statement!

Bold Diagonal Stripes make an awesome statement!

A nice subtle pattern is the perfect anchor for this Living Room. Choose colors that blend and patterns that accentuate other pieces of furniture in the room.

The wood tones in the furniture just tend to pop on this beautifully patterned carpet.

The wood tones in the furniture just tend to pop on this beautifully patterned carpet.

There is a perfect pattern just for you, get out their and find it!

Pattern Carpet says more then Hardwood ever could.

Pattern Carpet says more then Hardwood ever could.

Not many stores would have this many selections with the multiple Styles, Colors and Patterns. Check with your Contractor,Builder, Interior Designer and see if you could use the Showroom at ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings. With over 140 Locations surely you have one near by?

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Austin, Texas Phone – 512-836-7888

North Dallas, Texas Phone – 972-250-4040

Dallas Market Center, Texas Phone – 214-742-3300

Fort Worth, Texas  Phone – 817-831-8181

Little Rock, Arkansas Phone –  501-758-0801

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Doing Our Part To Go Green

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There are lots of things we can do to make our world cleaner, greener and healthier.  And that includes the choices we make in flooring – and your choice to visit ProSource.

Whether you and your clients are looking for energy efficient solutions, saving natural resources or simply looking toward the future and wanting to make greener choices now, ProSource has taken the lead to offer a wide selection of eco-friendly flooring choices – and always at the lowest wholesale prices guaranteed.

In fact, we offer an entire line of Green Select private label floors. To earn a Green Select label, the product must be recyclable, contain a minimum of recycled material or be made from a natural, sustainable, quickly renewable resource.

Cork

Cork is environmentally correct as well as improving health and comfort for human indoor living. In our homes, cork floors create a warm, comfortable, resilient surface that is gentle underfoot, and is anti-microbial.

From harvest to production to installation, cork is environmentally sustainable, non-toxic, and healthy. Cork is a truly sustainable “green-building” material. Trees are grown and the bark is harvested in the centuries old tradition without harming either the trees or their habitat. Bark is initially sent to a factory to create stoppers for wine bottles. Cork flooring is then created from post-industrial by-product of the bottle-stopper industry. This ‘waste’ material is ground up and then formed into sheets using minimal amounts of adhesive to bind the particles together under high pressure.

CORK AS A FLOORING OPTION

The ability to use cork in flooring applications was not discovered until the 19th century when American, John Smith, discovered agglomerated cork. Today, cork flooring is created from the post-industrial by-product of the bottle-stopper industry. This ‘waste’ material is ground up and then formed into sheets using minimal amounts of adhesive to bind the particles together under high pressure. The size, quantity, and type of cork granule in conjunction with varying degrees of pressure make the difference between “bulletin board” material and material suitable for flooring applications.

Historically, cork floors were finished in the same manner as any other wood flooring, i.e. with a paste wax buffed into the surface. However, the labor-intensive nature of this maintenance routine was seen as a real drawback when rolled sheet vinyl and similar ‘modern’ resilient surface options came on the market in the mid 20th century. Cork flooring fell out of favor and for perhaps 30 years was not readily available to the general public.

New finishing techniques and improved technologies have revived interest in cork over the past decade. Though still a small fraction of the overall floor coverings market, Natural Cork is enjoying a resurgeance in popularity driven in large part by consumer demand. What does cork have to offer that sets it apart from other flooring choices? Quite a bit it turns out. In fact, no other floor covering can match the combined benefits of cork.

USFloors takes eco-friendly resources such as bamboo and cork, and turns them into beautiful floors.

USFloors takes eco-friendly resources such as bamboo and cork, and turns them into beautiful floors.

USFloors is the only flooring supplier that offers Lifetime Residential Wear and Structure Warranties for the Natural Cork® and Natural Bamboo®,products in its Eco-Floors Collection. In addition Eco-Floors Collection products are back by a 5 Year Light/Medium Commercial Wear Warranty and the ultra-durable and dense Strand Woven Bamboo products carry a 15 Year Heavy Commercial Wear Warranty – a testimony to the extreme performance provided by Strand Woven Bamboo.

Bamboo

Bamboo is another green option that clients and trade professionals enjoy because bamboo matures quickly and regenerates without planting. Our leading supplier of bamboo flooring, US Floors, is known for maintaining the highest environmental standards. Most bamboo flooring is manufactured with adhesives that contain a urea formaldehyde resin. Lower priced bamboo flooring can have formaldehyde emissions around 0.237ppm. Bamboo makes a beautiful, warm, environmentally friendly floor that can be enjoyed for many years. Since the manufacturing of bamboo flooring has so many variables, quality will vary between manufacturers.

What is Natural Bamboo?

Natural Bamboo grows in many regions of the world especially in warm climates where the earth is kept moist with frequent monsoons. Throughout Asia, from India to China, from the Philippines to Japan, Natural Bamboo thrives in natural forestlands. Twenty percent of the world’s Natural Bamboo grows in China, much of that in the wild. Today, due to increasing demand, it is being cultivated more and more in managed forests. In this region, Natural Bamboo is emerging as an important agricultural crop of increasing significance to struggling economies.

Natural Bamboo is a member of the grass family. This fact goes a long way toward explaining several of Natural Bamboo’s unique characteristics. We are familiar with grass as a rapidly growing invasive plant, as is Natural Bamboo. Maturing to a height of 20 meters or more in a mere four years, Natural Bamboo is ready to harvest. And, like grass, cutting Natural Bamboo does not kill the plant. An extensive root system remains intact, allowing for rapid regeneration. This quality makes Natural Bamboo an ideal plant for areas threatened with the potentially devastating ecological effects of soil erosion.

There are many species of Natural Bamboo. Tall and straight, Moso Natural Bamboo is the species of choice for flooring fabrication. Natural Bamboo uses only exclusive and proprietary Moso6® Premium 6 Year Moso Bamboo with 6 years of maturity, selecting the base of the stalk for its superior strength and hardness. The remainder of these stalks become consumer goods such as chopsticks, plywood sheeting, furniture, window blinds, and even pulp for paper products. Nothing is wasted in processing Moso6® Natural Bamboo.

When it comes to the environment, cork and Natural Bamboo are a perfect combination. Both are renewable, are harvested with no harm to their natural habitat, and produce materials that promote a healthy human environment.

US Floors Expressions Strand

US Floors Expressions Strand

Hardwood

Many shoppers don’t realize, but properly certified hardwood with its renewable and recyclable properties is also a recommended “green” flooring choice. We carry leading suppliers of hardwood flooring as well and you can find their certification at Forest Stewardship Council.

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests.

FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not for profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

ProSource works with suppliers like US Floors, Armstrong, Mannington and Anderson who verify that their wood comes from sustainable, managed forests.

Compare Castle Combe's Natural Oil Finish to a UV-Cured Urethane Finish

Compare Castle Combe’s Natural Oil Finish to a UV-Cured Urethane Finish

Why Castle Combe Floor & Wall?

The distinctive character of each Castle Combe plank is achieved using a variety of antiquing and aging techniques and finished with natural oils to preserve the original beauty of the wood.
Castle Combe’s natural oil process provides a warmth and refinement to the floor that cannot be achieved with modern day acrylic or polyurethane coatings. The rich patina of each Castle Combe floor is only enhanced with age and use – the more it is walked on, the more beautiful it gets. The natural oils in Castle Combe floors penetrate the grain and become part of the floor, while the surface film of acrylic and polyurethane detracts from the natural beauty of hardwood and degrades with age and use.
Castle Combe floors feature a distinctive and sophisticated range of distressed, sculpted, and antiqued visuals. Each Castle Combe floor is meticulously crafted to ensure lasting beauty for generations to come. A solid oak hardwood top layer rests on a multi-layered, dimensionally stable core giving each Castle Combe floor the strength to withstand decades of use.

Compare Castle Combe’s Natural Oil Finish to a UV-Cured Urethane Finish

Castle Combe ~ Gloucestor

Castle Combe ~ Gloucestor

Carpet

Carpet is finally making progress in the recycling of materials. 70 Years ago Nylon was introduced to the Nation as the New “Miracle Fiber” and now thanks to groups like CARE we are seeing great strides to reducing carpet in our landfills and increasing our recycling efforts of carpet across the United States. When we are choosing new carpet and want to make sure we are looking at “Green” Products, The Carpet and Rug Institute has a Logo that all “Certified Green Carpet” will have on it’s Literature.

CRI Green

THE HIGHER STANDARD FOR INDOOR AIR QUALITY

THE HIGHER STANDARD FOR INDOOR AIR QUALITY

We can all do our part!

We can all do our part!

How to assist your homeowners with proper carpet disposal

The San Francisco Gate wrote an article back in 2008 discussing:  Carpet recycling is gaining ground

Carpet recycling is gaining ground

Carpet recycling is gaining ground

We can all make an effort to do more for our environment. Check out the pages at CARE to find a recycler of your housing waste products.

The mission of CARE is to advance market-based solutions that increase landfill diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet, encourage design for recyclability and meet meaningful goals as approved by the CARE Board of Directors.

The mission of CARE is to advance market-based solutions that increase landfill diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet, encourage design for recyclability and meet meaningful goals as approved by the CARE Board of Directors.

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Are you selling your home and it needs new floor covering?

What flooring products will give me the best re-sale value for my home?

With the housing market on the rebound I am getting a lot of questions about which flooring gives the best resale value when people are fixing their home to put it on the market.

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When deciding which flooring is right for your home so that you get your best value for your money, let’s look at some options. When deciding which floor will impact buyers the most we need to spend our money wisely.

  • Style of your home?
  • What fits with your decor?
  • Who will be looking at your home?
  • What is your budget?

All of these will play a factor on the right flooring. I have a pretty good pulse on what is happening in the housing market since I work with Realtor’s, Home Builders, Remodelor’s, Restoration Companies, etc. and with the clients of these Members, I probably sell more Hardwood than any other product in our store, Tile would be second and Carpet third. As I have said in past posts, I am a carpet fan when and if you choose a quality carpet. If you spend as much on carpet as you do hardwood you can get an awesome product. Knowing how to care for Carpet is critical to having a good experience.

That being said, Hardwood is a great choice for your Den or Living Room area but we need to look at a couple of options there. Do we want a casual feel or a more formal feel? Here are a couple of options for either:

For a more formal look I like a 5″ Cherry with a smooth face.

Cherry can give  you a formal look.

Cherry can give you a formal look.

Hand-scraped Hardwood can give a little more casual look. I have found furniture will also have some impact on a casual feel to hand-scarped Hardwood as well. In the hand- scraped series of Hardwood there are some that have what I call more chatter and look more Rustic. Below is what I would call a soft scrape and can be dressed up or down depending on the furniture.

Here is a more casual look using an hand-scraped Cherry.

Here is a more casual look using an hand-scraped Cherry.

Mannington's  Mayan Pecan is one of my favorites for a rustic look.

Mannington’s Mayan Pecan is one of my favorites for a rustic look.

If you have existing carpet and it looks dirty or has odors you definitely want to get that replaced as well. In bedrooms  most people seem to prefer carpet still, it’s warmer and quieter. There is no need to go over board on quality because most consumers wouldn’t know the value of one carpet over another. When I show carpet to people in the Fifty Plus group, I generally show a Cut & Loop Pattern or a Plush carpet and for younger families I show a Frieze or Textured Plush. When selecting carpet it important not to go too dark, lighter colors help your rooms look larger, brighter and more inviting.

A dressier more formal look is a Pattern.

A Pattern Carpet will help dress up any bedroom.

A Pattern Carpet will help dress up any bedroom.

Frieze carpet is a little more kid friendly and easier to keep for young families that are always on the go. With the mixture or texture and colors it has great hiding qualities. It helps hide some of everyday life’s crumbs and fibers that we drop along the way.

Frieze - The Kid Friendly Carpet Choice.

Frieze – The Kid Friendly Carpet Choice.

The Twist of a Frieze gives it great hiding ability of everyday dirt and soil.  Let's face it, camouflage is the best friend of a young family.

The Twist of a Frieze gives it great hiding ability of everyday dirt and soil.
Let’s face it, camouflage is the best friend of a young family.

When selecting floors you only have to make one stop, ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings. You can get advise from a Professional who has their finger on the pulse of your neighborhood and knows what products will work best for your situation.

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Austin, Texas Phone – 512-836-7888

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Fort Worth, Texas  Phone – 817-831-8181

Little Rock, Arkansas Phone –  501-758-0801

San Antonio, Texas Phone – 210-829-8290

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How Do I Choose New Flooring?

How Do I Choose New Flooring?
Choosing new floors can be overwhelming and a bit confusing. Where do I start? There are virtually thousands of choices and just as many colors. We watch all the Television shows and it looks so easy and then we start the process and become confused and indecisive.

Deciding which floor to choose can be very difficult.

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Where do we begin?

  • If I have more then one area I start with the largest area to get floored.

When we have decided on which area we will start with, we begin the process with a few simple questions:

  • What is my budget?
  • What do I like?
  • How do we use the area?
  • Who uses the area most?
  • What are my greatest concerns for this room?

Let’s look at my budget first:

  • What is the total amount I want to spend? Let’s say that our budget figure is $3000.00 and I have a room that measures 15 x 23, which is 345 square feet.
  • Now divide your $3000.00 by your room size of 345 square feet and you find that you can spend $8.69 per square foot, (installed& Taxed)

What do I prefer ?

I am going to use Carpet and Hardwood as our option because they seem to be the ones I sell the most of.
To answer this I like to know how you use the room.
I personally prefer carpet, it’s warmer, softer, more quiet and I believe vacuuming is easier than dusting. My wife on the other hand, prefers Hardwood, she thinks dusting is faster and looks cleaner, so naturally we have a lot of hardwood in our home.
How we maintain and clean each product may become a concern for us as well. hardwood requires regular dusting and occasional use of a hardwood floor cleaner like:

Regular dusting is appealing to some who choose hardwood, while others don’t want to see dust bunnies gather on the smooth surface of hardwood so they might choose carpet.

How do we use the area?
If I know that my children and I will be on the floor a lot, I would prefer the softness of carpet and pad.

What are my greatest concerns for this room?

Looks, ease of cleaning, comfortable?
Is it a formal room? A play room? A media room? How I use it generally defines what I product I should select.
Kids and pets? I might want the ability of Resista Carpet with odor reducing qualities, (it’s like having a continual Renuzit® in your carpet) and it also comes with a No Exclusions Stain Warranty.

Sold by the square foot, carpet always gives you better bang for the buck, Period!

And if more than one product will fill our needs then we need to evaluate which product gives us the best bang for our Dollar.

Let’s Compare Carpet to Hardwood:

RESISTA SOFT STYLE No Exclusion Warranty On All Food and Beverage

RESISTA SOFT STYLE
No Exclusion Warranty On
All Food and Beverage

Average Price for Frieze Carpet for My Zip Code

Average Price for Frieze Carpet for My Zip Code

What product gives you the best bang for your buck?

What product gives you the best bang for your buck?

Average Price for Handscraped Hardwood for My Zip Code

Average Price for Handscraped Hardwood for My Zip Code

These are figures I found at: http://www.homewyse.com/

Bella Cera Hardwood is an excellent choice!

Bella Cera Hardwood is an excellent choice!

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The numbers I used for the comparison of prices are from the same webpage using the same zip code. And I usually find that these facts are true, I could replace my carpet twice for the same price as Hardwood. Now, these figures all depend on which products you choose. A high dollar nylon carpet and an inexpensive oak hardwood should normally come pretty close to the same price. The figures above seem pretty good for products I show and that I have sold over the past couple of years.

Why Choose Carpet for Your Home?
With its many styles, textures and types of construction, carpet is the right choice for everyone, from first-time homeowners, to retirees, to families with kids and pets. Plus, carpet will maintain its beauty and durability for many years when it is properly chosen, installed and cleaned. Carpet actually improves indoor air quality.

Most people that have stains in their carpet because they don’t know how to clean them. this handy chart ~ Spot Solver has always worked for me and when it fails I call a Professional. If you don’t know a quality carpet cleaner call your local ProSource, they have many Members who they would love to send you to.

Do you like the new softer feel that carpet provides? You might want to check out Tigressá SoftStyle available through your local ProSource Store.

 One fact I like about about most Carpet, is that it’s American made. I like keeping our people employed.

Carpet is good enough for our Commander and Chief.

Carpet is good enough for our Commander and Chief.

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Don’t Show me Carpet!

Don’t Show Me Carpet!

Most consumers when they come to the store don’t even want to look at carpet. Why is that? They have had a bad experience with carpet and they do not want to repeat that mistake. But, if I were to sell you carpet in the same budget as the hard surface flooring you want to look at – Hardwood, Tile, Luxury Vinyl Tile, Laminate, etc. I think you would be equally pleased with it’s performance. Most people end up with a Sales Person who doesn’t know the difference and often takes the path of least resistance. Let’s see what a good carpet looks like.

San Jose from the California Collection by Stanton

San Jose from the California Collection by Stanton

The way that your Carpet is constructed plays an important role in it’s performance and life expectancy. Before you start to select a flooring for your home it would help to understand a little more about carpet and it’s advantages. You need to know how stain resistant the fiber is; how resilient (how well it bounces back after repeatedly being walked on) the carpet is; Your carpet’s performance are all influenced by carpet fiber type, carpet dye method, and carpet construction. The construction of your carpet is critical. You can take 30 ounces of carpet fiber and construct Poor to Excellent carpeting.

I was reading an article recently by Warren Tyler which I completely agree with. “Salesmanship: The lost carpet fiber” and from the article I want to borrow a couple of quotes: Bob Shaw once stated in front of over 200 retailers: “My 28-ounce Stainmaster carpet is guaranteed to walk out in four weeks.”(for those not in the Business, Bob Shaw grew the largest carpet manufacturing business in the World before selling it to Warren Buffet).
Warren Tyler commented in return: Why did he say this? Because cheap carpet can’t look good for very long—it may never wear out, which is why those warranties are so useless, but after a few years (maybe less) consumers wish it would wear out so they could purchase new carpet.

Let’s examine some choices when it comes to a quality carpet 

A magnificent patterned cut loop product presented in a wide array of high fashion colors. Unlike multicolor patterns, Chenille’s traditional floral pattern is created by texture, making it easy to incorporate in any design theme and manufactured using 100% Advanced Generation BCF Nylon 6,6, with Advanced Soil and Stain Protection.

A magnificent patterned cut loop product presented in a wide array of high fashion colors. Unlike multicolor patterns, Chenille’s traditional floral pattern is created by texture, making it easy to incorporate in any design theme and manufactured using 100% Advanced Generation BCF Nylon 6,6, with Advanced Soil and Stain Protection.

There are many options when it comes to quality Carpet and like many things in life we need to make an informed decision. When we are remodeling we choose to upgrade our shingles, get better windows, spend a little more on our front door and when we get to the most abused piece in our home, the floors, we want to cut corners, Why? The old adage that we get what we pay for is true in flooring as well as any other product you buy. But, let’s compare our carpet price to the other products we will choose instead of carpet, Hardwood, Porcelain Tile, Luxury Vinyl Tile or Plank, and we will see that the value of carpet is equal to or better than the aforementioned products.

100 % New Zealand Wool

Villa Maria is a unique combination of texture, color play, and pattern. Using a technique where colors ebb and flow throughout the carpet, Villa Maria has a random striation-like appearance that creates visual intrigue. Offered in 9 natural neutrals, and made of 100% New Zealand wool, Villa Maria makes a lasting impression of beauty and quality in your home.

With carpet there are many choices and it all gets a little confusing. Every Sales Person has a different opinion. My favorite fibers are either Nylon or Wool. Now that being said, you can manufacture a poor  piece of flooring with these fibers as well. Get the facts about any flooring you purchase. If your Sales Person is unsure or unable to provide with the facts, go somewhere else.
Here is an helpful link to the technical side of what factors go into making a quality carpet:
DETERMINING DURABILITY
Many things play a part in performance and you need a “Qualified Sales Person” to guide you in your decision making.

FIBERS

The starting point of carpet is the fiber, a fine thread-like unit that is converted into yarn then tufted or woven into carpet. There are only four primary fibers used in carpet today: Wool, Nylon, Polypropylene (Olefin) and Wool Blends. The terms “carpet” and “rug” are sometimes used interchangeably. Rug generally means a textile floor covering that is not fastened down and that does not extend over the entire floor. Carpet usually refers to a floor covering that is installed and fastened down from wall to wall. Rug fibers would include these fibers and many others.

When you are ready to make an investment in your home, consider the following facts about Wool Carpet:

OUTSIDE

  • BIODEGRADABLE
    Wool is a biodegradable natural fiber and one of the most environmentally forgiving flooring products.
  • RENEWABLE
    Wool is a renewable product and therefore has less impact on the environment.
  • SUSTAINABLE LIFE CYCLE
    Wool has a longer life cycle than other fibers resulting in a smaller environmental footprint.

INSIDE

  • NON ALLERGENIC
    Wool is a non-allergenic fiber and does not promote the growth of bacteria and dust mites, or give off harmful emissions.
  • STAIN-RESISTANT
    Wool cleans better and won’t soil quickly due to its natural soil resistance, making chemical stain protection treatments unnecessary.
  • AIR PURIFYING
    Wool fibers absorb and neutralize polluting gases such as formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxides.
Naturally Green

The Natural Choice … Environmentally Friendly.

“WOOL is the traditional fiber used to make rugs, and it’s no big mystery why. Besides being luxurious to the touch, wool can be dyed to beautiful rich colors, is fire-resistant, stain resistant, non-allergenic and holds up well over time. Also, wool is biodegradable and a renewable resource, making it a green choice as well as an elegant one.” (Stantoncarpet.com)

Rugs & Runners available at your local ProSource

Rugs and Stair Runners make a great addition to any home.

NATURAL ADVANTAGES OF WOOL

SHAPERETENTION: 
Natural elasticity of wool fiber allows it to stretch up to 40% beyond its original length and return toits original size. Wool carpet not only retains its shape, even under heavy traffic, but also resists furniture crush.

REPELS WATER AND STAINS:
Wool fibers repel water and stains due to a unique membrane covering the fiber core. Water and
other spills remain on the surface, repelling stains and allowing spills to be blotted up with a clean
and dry white cloth.

EASY TO CLEAN:
The natural membrane found on wool fibers also allows for ease in cleaning. The membrane
prevents dirt and dust from sinking below the surface, permitting regular vacuuming to keep wool
carpet looking clean and new.

FIRE SAFE:
Wool carpet has many natural fire safe characteristics, including flame retardance, high ignition
temperature, low flame spread and ability to self-extinguish.

IMPROVES INDOOR AIR QUALITY:
Wool naturally resists static and mildew – static by wool’s natural moisture retention up to 30%, and
mildew by its naturally low pH. Wool also improves and maintains indoor air quality by absorbing
contaminants without re-emitting them.

NATURAL INSULATION:
Wool carpet absorbs sound and reduces noise levels, as well as insulates the indoor environment
against outside elements.

Available at ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings

Clearwater by: Stanton

 

What about Carpet made from Nylon?

DuPont first introduced nylon in 1938, since then; nylon has been developed further and improved. Nylon is a petrochemical synthetic fiber made from carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen. Today’s greatly improved ‘treated nylon fibers’ are sometimes referred to as ‘sixth generation’. This started the era of modern synthetic fibers for apparel, industrial applications and tufted carpet. Nylon has good resilience, soil resistance, abrasion retention, durability, and color retention. With issues such as soiling and cleaning, nylon performs very well and is resistant to staining if it receives a stain-resistant treatment. This enable enhanced removal of soil and most common household food and beverage stains through professional cleaning.

Nylon has been the most commonly used carpet fiber since the early 1960’s. In overall performance characteristics, nylon is the most versatile of all fibers, providing excellent flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles. Nylon can be found in a wide range of both cut pile and loop pile styles. It is durable, resilient, and receptive to dyeing for color versatility and uniformity; many new nylon yarn systems are also exceptionally soft. Though not inherently stain resistant, most nylon carpets feature a stain-resist carpet treatment for protection against household spills and stains.

A limited lifetime stain and soil warranty is only the beginning.
Anso nylon, the premium branded nylon from Shaw Fibers, has received the coveted Cradle to Cradle Silver Certification from McDonough Braungart design Chemistry (MBDC). MBDC is a third-party product and design firm founded by William McDonough and chemistDr. Michael Braungart.
MBDC’s Cradle to Cradle certification processalso looks at a number of factors that contribute to a suitability, such as the use of environmentally safe and healthy materials, design for recycling, water and energy effiency, and social responsibility.

DURABLE

Nylon has superb abrasion resiliency and displays less pile compaction in comparison to other synthetic yarns.

CLEANABILITY

Nylon has good cleaning characteristics and may be the better choice if exposed to grease, cooking oils, or household lubricants, and holds-up to staining and soiling well if treated and solution dyed.

COLOR RETENTION

Nylon fibers retain their color very well and display good resistance to indirect sunlight fading.

ANTI-MICROBIAL

Like all synthetics, Nylon shows excellent resistance to mildew resulting in less bacterial growth.

FIRE RETARDANT

Nylon is difficult to ignite and produces little or no smoke making it the ideal choice for CHILDREN’s room, playroom or family room.

ALLERGIES

Another comment I frequently hear is carpet is worse for allergies, nothing could be further from the truth. Carpet actually traps allergens and lets you vacuum them away.

Watch this video from The Carpet and Rug Institute –>  Carpet and Health ~ Carpet Comes Clean

In closing, as consumers we need to make informed decisions on what to purchase. If you are not in the trade and you would like to purchase your flooring from a knowledgeable Professional, Contact your local ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings Store and they can guide you to a Professional that can get you the right answers. If you are in the Trades and don’t have a ProSource Account, click the link below and follow the instructions. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s affordable.

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