Berber carpet is characterized by its design of continuous loops (except cut pile Berber), which not only make it a lot more comfortable to walk on that a lot of other carpet varieties; it renders it extremely durable as well. There are quite a few varieties of this carpet available, meaning that there are sure to be a few that will be suitable for use in your home.
A Few Common Varieties
Berber carpet is available in different varieties and these include simple loop, multi-color loop, cut and loop, patterned loop and cut pile. Each of these types looks a little different and will feel different underfoot. However, virtually all varieties of Berber carpet are excellent value for money and can be purchased in a wide range of colors as well. This ensures that all of the rooms in your home can have carpeting installed to match the rest of the décor.
Various Fibers Used
These days, various fibers are used to manufacture the different types of Berber carpet, and the most common ones include nylon, wool, Triexta (PTT) and Olefin/polyester. Some manufacturers now make blended fiber varieties as well to ensure greater durability against fading and higher resistance to dirt and grime. This also means that these carpets can be purchased in a wide range of colors or even patterned options.
Benefits of Berber Carpet
1. Spill Resistant
With the exception of Olefin and PET-based materials, Berber carpet is generally quite resistant to spills – provided that they are not oil or tar-based. Unfortunately, these substances can stain all varieties of Berber carpeting badly, especially if not attended to immediately. Most Berber varieties can stain badly if they aren’t properly cared for though.
The looped varieties of Berber carpeting are known for feeling more comfortable underfoot than some other varieties of carpets. They tend to feel soft and cushioned, unlike many other carpets that can feel rough and scratchy on bare feet.
Berber carpet remains one of the most affordable options when it comes to shopping for floor covering for your home. In many cases, this variety of carpet can be up to 30% cheaper than other carpets. However, purchasing the cheapest variety possible may not always be a good idea – always check to see which materials have been used to make it first.
Most varieties of this carpeting are extremely attractive-looking, meaning that it can be used in every room in your home – or even office environments that don’t experience high levels of foot traffic. Nowadays, there are more color and pattern choices to select from than ever before.
Potential Disadvantages of Berber Carpet
1. Can be Prone to Snags and Pulls
Owing to the fact that most varieties of this carpeting have been manufactured as a series of continuous loops, it does unfortunately render it prone to pulling or snagging. This is especially if you have a busy household and/or pets that live indoors, as their claws can easily hook in the loops. Not only does this look unsightly if left unattended; it can cause serious injury to your pets as well.
2. Not Ideal for Cat Owners
Many cat owners have reported that their felines have a habit of using all varieties of Berber as their personal scratching posts. Not only will this result in pulls and snags (see above); it will make the carpet look worn well before its time as well. While some pet owners have had success with purchasing dedicated cat scratching posts, most of them know that there is no way to stop a cat from doing anything – especially where scratching is concerned.
3. Stains are Difficult to Remove
Although Berber carpet is relatively resistant to stains, this doesn’t mean that stains won’t occur. When oil or tar-based stains occur on these carpets, they can be close to impossible to remove completely. Home owners have often reported that even after professional cleaning, stains have a habit of showing themselves again. As a result, it is strongly recommended that carpet protection products are applied at the time of installation, and once a year thereafter. This will go a long way in preventing stains from setting into the fibers.
When purchasing Berber carpet, it’s recommended that you avoid those varieties that are substantially cheaper than the rest, as they may not be up to the same quality standards as the rest. Instead, opt for something with a mid-range price, as this will ensure that you get good value for money.