selecting carpet for Vadnais Heights homePurchasing new carpet for your Vadnais Heights home can feel like a daunting task. With all the product specifications and terminology, it’s easy to get confused. But the team at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake is here to help! Read on to learn about four common terms that relate to carpet performance.


When choosing the best carpet for your home, you might first look at material (i.e. nylon, polyester, wool). Or you might start shopping for a particular style such as Berber, plush, or frieze. Carpet material and style are both important things to consider. However, it’s also important to consider carpet construction.

Carpet construction is a general term, which refers to how the carpet is made. It includes the manufacturing method for the carpet (tufted or woven). And it includes the fiber arrangement and backing material. It’s important to keep construction in mind, because carpet material and style alone do not determine the quality of the product.

carpet density vs face weightDensity

Carpet density refers to how close individual piles of yarn are to one another when they are stitched into the backing. High-density carpet will perform better than low-density. Carpet density is measured in ounces per cubic yard. A density of 3000 is recommended for residential use, while 5000 is recommended for commercial use.

Face Weight

Face weight is the weight of the carpet pile per square yard. This is calculated by subtracting the weight of the backing from the total weight of the carpet. When determining carpet quality, it’s important to look at face weight and density together. For example, a high-density carpet with short pile height may have the same face weight as a low-density carpet with long pile height.

Twist Level

Twist level refers to how many times an individual pile of yarn is twisted. This is usually measured in number of twists per one-inch of length. Carpet pile is twisted and heat set to hold fibers together. This improves resistance to crushing and a carpet’s lifetime.

Your Local Carpet Experts

For more assistance selecting the right carpet product for your Vadnais Heights home, call Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake and schedule a free in-home design consultation. We bring all our samples to you using our mobile flooring showroom.

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