By Steve Cooper
Besides the warmth and softness, today’s carpets offer many new features that make carpet a great choice for many interior situations. Here are some contemporary carpeting trends that make this versatile material worth serious consideration the next time you are upgrading any of your rooms.
Carpet Patterns & Colors
Whether you want dramatic color, graphic design or elegant artwork, it is all available in today’s new carpet styles. Solid, neutral colors are good, but adding a layer of creativity to any room is easy with carpet. There's no need to limit your decorating choices any more.
Stain & Soil Resistance
You would like carpeting in your home, except you have a dog prone to accidents that leave behind odors or stains. Or perhaps you are concerned about stains, mold, and mildew from other sources. Carpet manufacturers have come up with solutions—developing molecular-level treatments to take care of these problems. All you have to do is have the carpet installed and enjoy a trouble-free experience.
Green Carpet Choices
There's much more to carpet than high and low pile. You can get super-soft carpet, sculpted surfaces, and materials that are fade-resistant in sunlight. Many types of carpeting contain significant amounts of recyclable material and renewable resources. At the end of their useful life, many carpets can be recycled for use in new products.
Revolutionary New Fiber
A revolutionary new type of polyester fiber called: triexta, made from DuPont's latest polymer innovation (a PTT polymer) and is being used throughout the apparel, upholstery and carpet industries. Triexta provides a unique combination of superior performance, softness, and stain resistance compared to other available synthetic fibers. Triexta is also made in part from renewably sourced ingredients making less impact on the environment and still providing exceptional durability and built-in permanent stain and fade protection.
The problem of "new carpet smell" has been addressed. Just purchase products tagged with the Green Label from the Carpet and Rug Institute. This low-VOC carpeting has minimal off-gassing and what low odor there is should dissipate within 48 to 72 hours—even sooner if you open windows.
Advancements in fiber technology and new carpet construction methods have made carpet more durable and longer lasting than ever in the past. Carpet also insulates the floor and keeps feet warmer in the dead of winter. Walking across the room never felt so good.