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Carpet Selection for Medium Traffic Applications

How to use the Carpet Quality Selection Charts

Take a minute to understand what the charts below mean. As you scroll down you will find the corresponding carpet fibers listed along with the color coded guide to your best carpet selection based on various carpet specifications and how long you want your carpet to last. 

Here's an example: Let's say you want your carpet to last 5 to 7 years and you decide to choose a Nylon carpet. Just follow the yellow color coding down to see what range the face weight, pile density and tuft twist should be. You can always choose a carpet with a higher specifications than shown, but you will be paying more for the carpet and it should last a bit longer if you do.

The example below shows that if you have Low Foot Traffic and want your Nylon carpet to last 5 to 7 years...A Nylon carpet with a Face-Weight of 30 to 35 ounces, a Pile Density of 1900 to 2100, and a Tuft Twist of 5 to 5.5 will do the job. 

You can always select a carpet with higher specifications if you wish, but these are the minimum specs I suggest for your traffic level and intended carpet lifespan. So now all you have to do is choose the lifespan that you want and then select the Carpet Fiber you want (some fibers cost more than others, see below)

 

Examples: 

1. Choose Your Fiber Click here to learn more about Carpet Fibers

Lowest cost.............................................. to the highest cost

Polyester/P.E.T.

Olefin

(Polypropylene)

*Sorona

(Smartstrand)

Nylon

2. Carpet Face-Weight (in ounces)

Lowest cost.....................................................to the highest cost

25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65

3. Pile-Density (Ounces per cubic yard) (W x 36 by pile height)

Lowest cost.........................................................to the highest cost

1600 1700 1800 1900 2000 2100 2200 2300 2400 2500 2600 2700 2800 2900 3000

4. Tuft-Twist (twists Per inch of tuft) 

Lowest cost.........................................................to the highest cost

4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0

According To The Charts Above...

The Worst carpet you could buy would be a Polyester Carpet with a Face-Weight of 25 ounces, a Pile Density of 1600, and a Tuft Twist of 4.0. This low quality carpet would likely cost about $13 per yard (installed with pad) and would not last more than a year or two before matting down and looking bad.

The Best carpet you could buy would be a Nylon Carpet with a Face-Weight of 65, a Pile Density of 3000, and a Tuft Twist of 7.0. This high quality carpet would likely cost about a $40 per yard or more. This grade of Carpet has the capability to last 20 years or more. 

 

Ready? Scroll down to choose your desired carpet Lifespan and then choose the Fiber you want to see the recommended minimum specifications for Face weight, Pile density and Tuft Twist. 


5 to 7 years

Polyester/P.E.T.    Lifespan: 5 to 7 years Medium Traffic

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Olefin /Polypropylene    Lifespan: 5 to 7 years Medium Traffic

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4.0

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Sorona (Smartstrand)   Lifespan: 5 to 7 years Medium Traffic

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4.0

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Nylon    Lifespan: 5 to 7 years Medium Traffic

The density suggested below apply to 100% Nylon Frieze Styles. Lower density ratings are acceptable due to the higher tuft twist.

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7 to 10 years

Polyester/P.E.T.     Lifespan: 7 to 10 years Medium Traffic

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Olefin (Polypropylene) Lifespan: 7 to 10 years Medium Traffic

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Sorona (Smartstrand)  Lifespan: 7 to 10 years Medium Traffic

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4.0

4.5

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7.0

Nylon    Lifespan: 7 to 10 years Medium Traffic

The density suggested below apply to 100% Nylon Frieze Styles. Lower density ratings are acceptable due to the higher tuft twist.

25

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10 to 15 years

Polyester/P.E.T.    Not Recommended

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4.0

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Olefin /Polypropylene   Not Recommended

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Sorona (Smartstrand) Lifespan: 10 to 15 years  Medium Traffic

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Nylon    Lifespan: 10 to 15 years  Medium Traffic

The density suggested below apply to 100% Nylon Frieze Styles. Lower density ratings are acceptable due to the higher tuft twist.

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4.0

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15 years or more

Polyester/P.E.T.    Not Recommended

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Olefin /Polypropylene  Not Recommended

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Sorona (Smartstrand) Lifespan: Over 15 years Medium Traffic

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Nylon    Lifespan: Over 15 years Medium Traffic

The density suggested below apply to 100% Nylon Frieze Styles. Lower density ratings are acceptable due to the higher tuft twist.

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7.0

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