Wondering how to measure for carpet? Or how much carpet costs? Find answers to those questions and more below.

Carpet Flooring

One of the many services that separate Flooring America/Flooring Canada from the competition is our complimentary home-measuring service. There are many factors that can influence how much carpet you will need for your space and which product is right for you, so avoid the headache and let us measure and assess your space for free! A professional home-measurement must be conducted by one of our FAFC certified flooring consultants or estimators if you would like us to professionally install the product. This is to ensure we order exactly the right amount of material for our installers to

If you wish to identify how much material you need by yourself you will need to find out the exact width and length of your space in feet and inches. You can use a standard tape measure or a laser measuring device. Multiply the width of your room by the length to determine the total square feet of the room. If your space is not a simple rectangle you will need to measure the length of every wall and break the room into small rectangle shaped sections to make it easier to calculate your square footage. Carpet is typically manufactured in 12 foot rolls and as a result there will often be waste material created by cutting the carpet roll to fit your space. To account for this waste you must order at least 10% more square feet of carpet than the actual size of your room. Typically the more windows, closets, corners and other unique features a room has will require more extra square feet of carpet.

How long a carpet will last depends on the quality of the product, the amount of traffic/use it experiences, and how well it is maintained. Almost every product found in a Flooring America/Flooring Canada showroom will have a star-level warranty that will indicate how long the carpet is warrantied against wear & texture loss if it is properly maintained under normal traffic. Carpet products with a 1-star warranty are warrantied for 5 years, 5-star products are warrantied for up to 25 years. Proper maintenance to ensure you get the most out of your carpet includes regular vacuuming (once per week for every person who uses the room), using floor mats in exterior entry-ways, and getting your carpet professional hot-water extraction cleaned every 12-18 months. It is also important to address any stains on the carpet immediately with one of the recommended cleaning methods in your carpet warranty guide. Many of the carpet products sold at Flooring America/Flooring Canada can outlast their warranties if used and maintained properly.

The balls of fluff, or loose fibers, found on carpet or in the vacuum cleaner bag are the normal result of fiber left in the carpet from the manufacturing process. Removing these loose fibers does not affect carpet life or appearance. Because of their large size, these fibers are too big to become airborne or to be breathed in. With proper vacuuming and using a quality vacuum cleaner, most shedding gradually disappears within the first year after installation.

Light reflects differently as the pile is pushed in different directions. Foot traffic generally causes this, and the best solution is to sweep or vacuum the pile in a uniform direction.

Just snip the end to even the carpet surface. Never pull out long or loose ends as this can permanently damage your carpet. If a tuft becomes snagged or works loose, simply cut it off and let the surrounding yarn fill in the space.

When a room’s relative humidity is very low, a static charge can build up in your carpet as you walk across it. If this occurs, a humidifier or other commercially available products can help.

Your carpet pile may compress due to heavy foot traffic or weight of furniture. Rotating furniture may help reduce indentations. You can work the pile back into place with the edge of a coin. Sometimes, passing a hot steam iron over the spot can also help, but keep the iron at least four inches above the carpet.

If you examine a carpet carefully, you’ll notice that the surface is comprised of many individual fibers. These fibers are sewn into the carpet’s backing at both ends, creating a sturdy hoop or loop shape. Depending on the carpet, these loops can vary in height, density, and texture. In carpet industry terminology, this is known as “pile” or “rug pile.” The fibers of a high pile carpet are tall and elongated, with a lower density. Shag carpeting is a classic example. By comparison, the fibers that make up a low pile carpet are shorter and more tightly packed together, creating a smoother, flatter appearance.

The “pile” of a carpet refers to the height and density of its individual fibers. The term “low pile carpet” describes any carpet made from short fibers that are sewn together in tight, dense rows. This creates a uniform, even appearance, with a texture that is smooth to both the eye and the touch. Low pile carpet is often recommended for children’s rooms, rooms with heavy foot traffic, and hallways.

Every carpet consists of fibers sewn into a sturdy backing, creating a series of loops that, together, form the carpet’s surface. Some of these loops may be cut at the top. The height, texture, and density of these loops is described using the term “pile.” For example, a “high pile” carpet is a carpet made using long fibers. This tends to create a deeper, more plush, and more irregular or dynamic appearance. Shag carpet is a timeless example of high pile carpeting, which is ideal for contrasting with wood floors or using as a cozy accent in bedrooms and living rooms.

It makes sense to know whether you want high pile or low pile before you go carpet-shopping. But if you’ve already purchased the carpet, determining pile is important, because it can help you decide how to use the carpet. For example, if you determine that you have a high pile carpet, you’ll likely want to avoid placing it in a muddy or heavily-trafficked area, since the long, fluffy fibers can be a somewhat tougher to keep clean. For heavily-trafficked areas, low pile carpet is perfect. However, for a more plush, cozy feel -- in areas where you may read and relax -- high pile may be a better option.

Some high-tech vacuums can cost close to a thousand dollars (or more). Fortunately, you don’t need fancy bells and whistles to keep your low pile or high pile carpet looking great — just a few basic features. Look for a lightweight vacuum with wide, sturdy wheels. These features will allow you to maneuver the vacuum more easily. Ideally, we recommend using a model with adjustable height and motor speeds, though brush roll control is optional. Most vacuums have adjustable settings (such as “high” and “low”) that are designed for use on different floor or carpet types.

To some extent, “quality” is about your personal style preferences — but there are also objective quality standards you should pay attention to when shopping for a carpet. For example, durability and performance. No longer is the quality identifier just the fiber type as technology and innovation has made yesterday’s fibers from ordinary to extraordinary. You should consider pile height, density, twist, weight, and ply of the fiber. Along with construction of carpet, you should also pay attention to carpet warranties. A good, quality carpet should offer a solid warranty coverage that protects against events such as spills, stains, and wear. A warranty lets you know that the manufacturers are quality-focused, and that the carpet was designed to withstand normal wear-and-tear while retaining most of its fibers. A Sales Professional at your local Flooring America can help you find a good quality carpet for your needs.

When it comes to choosing a carpet color, you have endless freedom. Thanks to modern dye methods, today’s carpets are available in any hue or pattern you could imagine -- in tones that range from eye-poppingly vivid to soothing pastel. While there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to use color, one of the best methods is to coordinate with your furniture or other rooms of your home, or to opt for a neutral shade (such as pale grey, beige, or tan) that can go with anything -- even if you change your decor. For example, many design experts recommend balancing one or two neutral colors with a handful of brighter accents, and avoiding clashing colors like purple with orange or red with green.

The answer to this question depends on factors like what types of carpets are being installed, what types of floors are underneath, and the shape and size of the room where the carpet is being installed. Regardless of these factors, installing carpets can be a big (and sometimes messy) job, so it’s best left to the professionals — especially if you’re redoing your home in order to show or sell it!

Each home flooring project is unique. However, there is no waiting period to place furniture back on the new carpet! People can also walk on the carpet immediately after installation. Also, It would be helpful to walk around the newly carpeted room with your installer for a final inspection.

White carpets have a bad reputation for being “difficult to keep clean.” That might have been true in the past — but thanks to modern technology, it’s easier than ever to keep white carpets looking bright and fresh. Certain products, such as Stainmaster carpets, are specially designed to resist even the toughest stains, making them ideal for homeowners with pets or young children. The best way to keep it clean is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You should also look for products that come backed by robust stain and soil warranties, which vary from brand to brand. We can help you select the right carpeting, install it in any room of your home, and teach you how to maintain your new carpets for long-lasting results.

Regardless of what sort of carpet you have, the best way to keep it clean is by following the manufacturer’s recommendations. These recommendations vary by brand and product line, depending on factors like the “pile” (height) of the carpet and what materials the carpet is made out of. If you have questions about how to keep your new carpets clean, just ask our knowledgeable flooring experts for tips.

It’s not just how you clean your carpet that’s important, but how often. As always, it’s best to refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations, which might suggest cleaning daily, weekly, or every few weeks. (Of course, you might need to spot-clean more frequently if you have accidental spills.) Some types of carpeting are more “high-maintenance” than others, but most are a breeze to keep clean thanks to technological innovations in the home flooring industry. For many products, the occasional vacuum and a touch of soapy water is more than enough.

Steam cleaning or chemical cleaning may be more appropriate for your carpet, depending on the product. Due to product variations, we strongly suggest that homeowners always refer to manufacturer guidelines. The basic difference between these approaches is that chemical cleaning uses specially formulated solutions to help dissolve and break down substances that cause staining, while steam cleaning uses heated water vapor.

Carpet squares, also known as “modular carpet,” are exactly what they sound like: small squares of carpeting, usually with dimensions of 18” x 18” or 24” x 24”. Carpet squares were designed to provide a lightweight alternative to traditional carpet rolls, which are considerably larger and heavier. Carpet squares have unique pros and cons, so it’s a good idea to weigh the benefits and drawbacks with an experienced professional. Our team can help you decide whether traditional carpets or carpet tiles are better for your home flooring project.