Shag carpet in White Bear LakeSelecting the right carpet for your household can be a big decision. There are so many different types, styles, colors and patterns available. Learning the pros and cons about different types of carpet may help you make a decision about whether a carpet is right for your White Bear Lake home.

Shag carpeting is one unique style that will be familiar to homeowners who remember its popularity in the 1970s. Our Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake experts can help you decide if shag carpet is right for your 2017 home.

Advantages of Shag Carpeting

Helps Hide Seams

If you have a large room, the roll of carpet may not be wide enough to fit your space. As such, you need two strips of carpet. If you use a low pile carpet, such as berber, the seam where the carpets come together will be very visible. A long pile carpet, such as shag, is perfect as it hides the seam.


The other benefit to shag carpeting is that it is very comfortable. Shag is plush, making it soft and cozy to walk on, crawl on, or lay on. If you have kids that like to play on the floor, shag will provide a comfy surface for them to crawl and tumble.

Disadvantages of Shag Carpeting

Hard to Keep Clean

Shag carpet has longer fibers, also known as pile, than other types of carpet. This makes it comfortable, but the drawback is that those fibers can hold more dirt, dust, dander and debris. All in all, this means the carpet is difficult to keep clean and is not a good choice for those with allergies or asthma.

Not Very Durable

The other downside to shag’s high pile is that it can be damaged over time. The fibers may unravel or be crushed by repeat foot traffic. If durability is your prime concern, you may want to steer away from shag carpet.

To learn more about shag carpeting, call Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake. We offer free consultations to homeowners in White Bear Lake and beyond.

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