Getting carpet installed in your home is a big decision and a big investment in the comfort of your home. That’s why it is so important to choose the right carpet for your lifestyle. Of course, there is more to this choice than looks alone. There are plenty considerations to keep in mind before you make your decision.

At Loudoun Valley Floors, we provide a wide variety of carpet and other flooring styles. If you feel overwhelmed by the number of choices you have, look at the guide below. We will help you understand the differences between carpets so that you can feel confident in your decision.

How is Carpet Made?

Have you ever stopped to wonder what carpet is exactly? You know that it’s a cozy floor option, but what it is made of and how do manufacturers make it? The answers to these questions can help you determine what type of flooring is right for your home.

How Berber Carpet is Made

One common type of carpet is Berber. This kind of carpet is looped to create a low profile. In fact, the term “Berber” goes back to the indigenous African people, the Berbers. This group would take wool from sheep and create a carpet with a distinct knot.

Nowadays, some Berber is still made by hand. Other Berber carpets are made by machines that loop either natural or synthetic fibers. Sometimes, these loops are cut to create low-pile carpets as well.

How Nylon Carpet is Made

Over three-quarters of carpet today is made from nylon. The chances are that you may choose this type of flooring as well. The way manufacturers make each carpet can vary, but they follow three necessary steps:

  • Tufting – the process of weaving the nylon with the backing
  • Dyeing – the manufacturer applies dye to achieve the correct color
  • Finishing – latex and secondary backing are added

How STAINMASTER® Carpet is Made

Carpet from STAINMASTER® goes through the same steps as other nylon carpets. However, there are new protectors added during the dyeing process. In short, the combined defense does not allow any different dyes to take hold in the carpet fibers. This protection means that even the harshest liquids don’t stand a chance.

Natural Fibers vs. Synthetics

One of the main differences between types of carpet is the kind of fiber that is used. Some threads, like wool, occur naturally and can make for great carpet. Other fibers, like nylon, are made in a lab and can be designed to withstand certain challenges.

If you have kids or pets, synthetic fibers are likely better choices for you. These carpets are stain-resistant and can stand up to tough kids, dogs, and other mess makers. With STAINMASTER® nylon carpets and others, even stains that sit for a while can come out.

Wool carpets may be a better choice for those who are not concerned about heavy staining. Although these floors are not particularly stain-resistant, they can last longer overall. Wool carpet is durable and stretchy. That means it is resilient and you may love it for years to come.

High-Traffic vs. Low-Traffic Carpet

The next thing you should consider is how much traffic the area will get when the new carpet is in. Is it going inside the spare bedroom or the central living area? If you are putting it in a high traffic area, you may consider a carpet with a low pile and some stain resistance.

However, if you are just installing your new carpet somewhere quieter, you can opt for something a little plusher. Additionally, natural fibers may be better suited for low-traffic areas that are less prone to staining.

Low-Pile vs. High-Pile

High-pile carpet has longer fibers and can feel fuzzy on your feet. These cozy rugs are comforting, inviting, but not without their drawbacks. High-pile carpet can be more difficult to maintain since debris can get caught inside the tall fibers.

Low-pile carpets tend to be easier to take care of. However, they may not feel as great under your feet. It’s up to you to decide how much work you want to put into keeping your carpet clean.


As with any significant investment in your home, the cost is an essential factor in choosing the right carpet. However, you should look at more than just the initial price tag. Consider the cost of upkeep, warranties, and other potential costs as well.

Remember that value is as significant as cost. Think about how much value the carpet will add to your home and compare that to the price.

If you have any questions about what carpet would work in your home, be sure to contact Loudoun Valley Floors today. We can walk you through the process and make sure that you receive the best product for your lifestyle and your home.