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Flooring: Carpets and Vinyl – Our Speciality
We offer a wide range of carpet, vinyl, timber flooring, laminate flooring, tiles and associated floor covering products at the very best prices. Whatever style you are looking for, weather it be cut pile, loop pile carpet in wool or the fantastic solution dyed nylon, which offer stain proofing and fade resistance even in direct sun light, we’ve got it all.
Wide Range of Carpets
Working with a range of New Zealand carpet suppliers, we are able to source any type, style and colour of carpet to suit your needs and budget.
We offer professional and affordable flooring installation services. Sit back and relax as we take care of all your flooring needs
Simple Steps for Getting New Carpet in Your Home
1 – Get in Contact
Get in contact with us and visit your property for a free measure and quote.
2 – Measure/Quote
Our experts will work with you to select carpet to suit your decor/lifestyle
3 – Installation
We arrange for the professional installation of your flooring
4 – Relax & Enjoy
Sit back, relax and enjoy the top quality flooring finish in your home
What You Need to Know About Carpet for Your Home
Carpet comes in a number of different styles each with its own appeal and characteristics. The carpet style you choose is based around a combination of the living environment you want and, of course, what look you are trying to achieve. The most common types of carpet are:
Loop Pile Berbers
Nearly all carpets start out as loop pile, this is where the yarn is stitched into the backing in a continuous run , each stitch forming a loop on the surface of the carpet. In its basic form the loops are all uniform in height and direction. The most common loop pile sold is the traditional Berber look. This carpet style has been around for many decades and is still a very popular choice. Berber carpets have a base colour with flecks of different colours running through the yarn. Because of the Flecks of colour they hide soiling well and do not show tracking or shading like cut pile carpets. They are practical, often inexpensive , are proven performers and are a good choice if you have a busy household as they hide soiling more than plain carpets.
Plain Level Loops
This carpet style consists of loop piles made using a single coloured yarn all at the same height. They give a clean stylish look, a little like a cut pile but with the benefit of not showing tracking or shading as a cut pile will. The nature of the construction means that joins are more visible in this style, they are also less forgiving than two tone or more textured products.
Sisals are loop pile carpets but instead of being uniform heights the tufting machines make one row lower, one row higher to give a linear directional appearance. In their earliest form they tended to be one colour only, so were harder to maintain as plain coloured carpets show soiling quicker than multi coloured ranges.
For some years now they have also been manufactured in two tone colourations with either contrasting or complementary colours. These are more practical and the biggest segment of the sisal market today. They also tend to retain the sisal look longer than the plain colours as even if they flatten a little the linear direction is still visible. With plain sisals, this type of carpet can flatten with traffic over time and they can loose their directional look.
Because sisals are directional, the trade tries to avoid joining them across the width of the roll where possible as these joins are more visible than in some other styles. If you are considering purchasing a sisal you should also consider which direction you want to run the product and discuss this with us.
Textures are once again loop pile carpets, however the machines raise and lower the height of the the yarn across the roll as well as down the length. By doing this a large number of different textures and looks can be achieved. By adding more than one colour to the mix even more creativity is possible. There are a large number of these ranges in the market, they have a bit more life than a cut pile or plain loop pile and can make the floor more of a feature.
Like sisals cross joins are avoided where practical, however they are generally not as directional in look as sisals. Like sisals the higher tufts can flatten out with traffic and some of the texture can diminish. Again choosing a two tone range can help retain its textured look longer and will hide soiling better, consequently these are the biggest selling carpet styles in the textured market.
These are actually made as a loop pile but the machines cut each loop to allow the yarn to stand up individually. There is a wide choice of colour available, they are more formal and give a more luxurious feel and look than other styles. In NZ 95% or more of sales are in cut pile hardtwists, this is where the yarn has a twist set into it so the pile lies in different directions helping to disguise footprints. Overseas plush pile styles are far more prevalent, these types are like velour fabrics and show footprints and other movements across the floor. All cut pile carpets track and shade to some extent. This is the natural flattening of the yarn through traffic and appears as light and dark patches depending how the light hits the surface. This can happen quite quickly particularly in heavy traffic areas such as hallways, stairs, doorways in lounge areas etc. In some cases pile switch or puddling can also occur, this is where the pile in one area changes direction permanently and gives the appearance of a watermark. These are characteristics not flaws, if it is of real concern you should consider an alternative style rather than cut pile. Cut pile is the single biggest selling carpet style in the market today.
Wool carpets are the most popular carpet fibre, but there are a number of different options to choose from, and each has different characteristics. Our consultants are trained to help assist you make the right choice for your individual requirements.Wool Carpets
For many years the pre eminent carpet fibre in NZ, wool carpets are resilient and is naturally resistant to soiling and staining and has a soft warm comfortable feel. Wool ages well and has good appearance retention properties and is natural and renewable. Most of the wool carpets sold in NZ are locally manufactured from NZ wool. Because it is a popular segment in the market it also has many colour and style choices available. In world terms wool is actually a small part of the market as it is generally more expensive than other fibres and not readily available in many countries. NZ wool is recognised as being amongst the best quality in the world.
Wool Carpet Blends
There are 2 types of wool blend commonly available.
This is where a small amount of synthetic fibre is used to bond a wool yarn together. They are commonly at least 80% wool, have been in the market for over 10 years and generally perform very well. Mostly seen in cut pile carpets they are cost effective and basically share the same attributes as wool carpets.
80/20 or 50/50 Polyprop wool.
Is a combination of low cost, tough polypropylene with soft resilient wool. The colours are sometimes less vibrant than other yarn types because of the blending process, however they are durable and offer the look and feel of wool at a lower cost.
Standard nylon fibres have the same wear characteristics as Solution Dyed Nylons except they are made into yarn in white form and then dyed. With these nylon carpets, the colour is on the surface (i.e. apple rather than carrot). They are treated to help prevent staining so carry specific stain warranties, but generally do not have the Fade or Colourfast warranties offered on Solution Dyed Nylons. They are hard wearing and generally do not shed their fibre. Around the world nylon is the single biggest fibre type used in the manufacture of carpet. They have been superceded locally in recent years by SDN ranges which particularly suit the local market with their superior fade resistance.
New generation polyester fibres are becoming a significant part of the market, driven by product imported from America where it is the fastest growing fibre type for residential use. It is naturally stain resistant, soft to touch and less expensive and more readily available than nylon, making it attractive to the manufacturers. Comparatively it is less resilient than wool or nylon so is generally made in higher weights to help counter this characteristic. Because of this it is generally seen in more luxurious styles rather than the short pile hardwtists that are common in NZ. Like nylon these products do not generally shed their fibre so are given long wear warranties. They tend to be quite colourfast and as they do not absorb moisture sometimes come with pet stain warranties.
Solution dyed nylon is fibre which is dyed while in liquid form, so the colour is right through the yarn ( Like a carrot rather than an Apple). These products have superior fade resistance and colour fastness and are also stain resistant. Nylon is a tough fibre and very hard wearing although it is not as resilient or soft as wool. In general these yarns don’t shed their fibre so carry long wear warranties and many carry specific stain and fade warranties. As a fast growing part of the market there are more and more colour and style options becoming available. A good choice for sunny environments.
There are many different warranties in the market, some of them fairly broad and non specific, others that are pages long. Make sure you understand what the warranties on offer actually mean to you.
Many products today carry wear warranties. These relate to abrasive wear or loss of surface pile. This means they are guaranteed not to lose more than a specified amount of their pile weight over a given period. With synthetic products that do not shed their fibre these are often long warranty periods, sometimes 15 years. It is important to understand that these warranties do not relate to appearance retention, they generally do not cover flattening, fuzzing, matting or other traffic related issues that can affect the look of your carpet.
No wool products carry stain warranties. While they are naturally stain and soil resistant and have good appearance retention properties they cannot be treated against staining as many synthetic products are, so do not carry any specific warranty.
Most, but not all synthetic products carry some form of stain warranty as they are generally manufactured to resist staining. The latest generation of Solution Dyed Nylon products carry the most comprehensive warranties however even these products can be stained or damaged so you should treat your carpet with care to get the best performance from it. No matter what the fibre, quick attention to any spill will get the best result.
All carpets have to meet criteria relating to colour fastness and fading and there is a minimum standard they have to meet. That standard allows a measured amount of fade after exposure to light for a predetermined period of time. Carpet laid in bright sunny areas can fade quite quickly while still being to standard. You may have experienced this when you have moved your furniture or a rug. This is actually normal and not generally due to any fault in the carpet. NZ has very high UV levels, your carpet needs protection from the sun just like your skin so it is wise to treat your windows, particularly in sunny northerly aspects.
The only products in the market that carry specific fade warranties are Solution Dyed Nylon and some polypropylene ranges. This is because the colour is right through the yarn, not just on the surface so manufacturers are able to offer specific warranties. There is no question these products have superior fade resistance however they are not fade proof and where specific warranties are offered they do allow for a certain amount of fade to occur.
Is the least expensive carpet fibre. It is tough and relatively stain resistant, it is widely used in lower end commercial product and entry level residential product. It is not as soft to touch as wool or nylon and less resilient so has a propensity to flatten. It does not shed its fibre so is durable and a good option for rentals or those on a tight budget.
You wouldn’t get an inexperienced plumber to fix your leaking pipes, or take your car to an unqualified mechanic. That’s just asking for trouble. If you want a professional result, it pays to use skilled trades people who really know what they’re doing.
The installation is everything
You’ve taken the time to choose the perfect carpet, now our expert carpet installation team will ensure it’s fitted correctly and with the upmost care. Quality carpet laying is so important, that at Carpet One we only use the most skilled carpet installers to provide our Premium Installation Service. It’s our guarantee that you’ll love the end result.
Carpet installation that sets a new standard
Our Premium Installation Service is always included as a standard part of our overall price. Installing carpet is a trade and just like any other trade there can be a big difference in the quality of workmanship. Compared to the overall price of the carpet, the minimal extra cost of using the best installer possible certainly is a sensible decision.
Lifetime Installation Warranty
We also stand behind all of our residential work with a comprehensive lifetime installation warranty. Under fair wear and tear conditions, if anything needs to be put right, we’ll come around and take care of the problem. Funnily enough, it’s not something we have to do very often.