From Hardwood floors and carpet; to kitchen cabinetry and countertops; each represent an integral part of any Ann Arbor area home or business. Style, comfort, utility, and economical practicality are all issues that we understand. Select Builders Carpet Outlet for all your needs and experience the unique blend of technical ability, customer service and affordable prices that make us a winning choice.
When you're looking to make design changes to your home, you need to work with someone who will be there from start to finish. You need to work with Builders Carpet Outlet! When you walk into our store, you'll receive personal, individualized attention from the initial inception through the completion of the job.
Builders Carpet has over 30 years of experience in the local and surrounding communities providing kitchen and bath design as well as servicing all types of floor coverings including domestic and exotic hardwoods in both engineered and solid formats, porcelain ceramic tile, vinyl tile and plank, vinyl sheet, natural stone, linoleum, cork, laminates, custom area rugs and runners to name just a few. Whew, talk about a run on statement!
We provide a large showroom with a multitude of possible product options. We have professional installation available for any products we may provide to you. We assist in: design, product education and selection, alternative options, cost estimations, installations, and when needed, emotional support.
Carpet quality is commonly a question posed and we will provide some information below. The reality is that carpet is a replaceable decorative component and rarely remains in place for over 15 years. Its intent is to provide comfort and style. If we wanted our carpeting to stand up to the same treatment that our patio does then it should be made of concrete. Carpet is a textile, a sewn or woven fabric that commonly receives a secondary backing that provides rigidity to the fabric for flooring application.General construction of tufted carpet
Tufting is sewing of yarn into an initial backing fabric. All carpet yarn is initially sewn into the carpet as a loop. Some are drawn down tight in even rows. Carpets of this type fall into a category called “level loop” or commercial carpet. If the bundles of yarn are made larger in diameter and the sewn loops are left taller it is commonly called a Berber. One point of confusion is the word, Berber. “Berber” comes from a tribal people located west of Tripoli. They had stylistic color flecks in their weavings. The word Berber references any carpet with assorted color flecks regardless of its construction. Larger loop carpets often have stylistic color flecks, so we commonly refer to any larger loop carpet as Berber. Variation of loop sewing by leaving some loops taller and drawing others lower can generate unlimited patterns and sculptures of texture. If we cut the tall loops and leave the shorter we create more patterns and textures. These carpets are called cut and loop. If we cut all the loops the remaining carpet is called cut pile. We can further vary the construction by leaving the cut loops long and gangly. Some of us remember it as “Shag”. Sewing it shorter with much smaller yarns very close together describes commercial cut pile. A finer yarn with a tighter twist sewn densely and cut directionally is a Saxony. By heat setting kinks onto the yarn creating a rougher texture, we call it frieze, pronounced frizzA. After the carpet is sewn, whatever the construction method, it is then sent to have the structural adhesive “secondary” backing applied. This backing provides for the structural “lay flat” factor and ensures the yarn stays attached to the carpet. There are many more terms and much more detail involved, but I hope this explains the basics.Fibers to yarn -more about construction
Carpet is constructed from different colored fibers. Fibers are the sub hair like strands that are “air entangled” to form a yarn that is sewn into carpet. These fiber bundles are twisted and subjected to heat to “heat set” the twist onto the yarn. The twist is the coil spring that helps carpet yarn maintain its texture and not lay down. This is very important in cut pile construction. The relationship between twist (measured in revolutions per inch) density (measured in stiches per inch), denier (diameter of fiber and or yarn), pile height, and fiber content is complex. Style plays a role too. As twist goes up density can go down. When face weight (ounces of yarn in one square yard) of carpet goes up too high, performance will fall. For example, frieze carpets are designed for you to walk on the sides of the yarn. Its design is to lay down, so density is reduced. Too much density and the yarn cannot lay down and the look changes too. A carpet that is extremely dense results in carpet that feels hard. The nail bed phenomenon. Dense carpets perform, by sacrificing softness. Although there are other mitigating factors, softness is largely air. Softness, in this light, is a compromise in quality. Softness and Durability are opposing forces. The level of compromise is yours to decide.
Fibers used commonly in carpet include nylon, polyester, olefin, polypropylene, triexta, and of course wool.All these fibers hydrocarbon based.Most are products of the petroleum industry.You need to be a biochemist to know the biological or chemical differences.Not being an expert, I defer to the most common characteristics of the fibers.
Nylon is the most resilient carpet fiber. Resilience is the ability to spring back.
Polyester is more economical and may be softer and more colorfast than Nylon, but not as resilient.
Polypropylene and olefins are more economical and colorfast, but not resilient, therefore usually offered only in level loop construction.
Wool is the most expensive and it is stainable but very durable and quite soft. Simply put, wool is hair.
In summary and hoping to make things a little more understandable; “A well-constructed carpet of a lesser fiber will outperform a poorly constructed carpet of a better fiber.”
“Any carpet will perform better on a higher quality pad.” “Quality carpet on a cheap pad is foolish, Inexpensive carpet on a quality pad is thrifty”. A 6# bonded urethane pad meets most all manufacturer’s minimum specifications for warranty. An 8# bonded urethane is firmer and will maximize the useful life of your carpet. Of course, there are many other pad options offering different features such as spill guards, pet protection, and mold or mildew resistance.
The dynamics of a ceramic tile installation (ceramic vs porcelain- see below*) involve not only design, but product understanding, layout and application. The proof is in the pudding, details matter. Following are a few bullet points worth consideration.
-Ceramics are an excellent option for heavy traffic, high water exposure areas. They are ideal for bath, kitchen, laundry and mud room applications.
-Tile installation is labor intensive so it is generally the most expensive product to install notwithstanding that the product itself may be economical.
-Tile is hard therefore durable.
-Tile is cold because heat transfers through it rapidly. This makes it a poor insulator, but ideal to use in conjunction with in-floor radiant heat systems.
-Many tiles do not offer trim pieces that detail the perimeters.
- The thickness of the tile matters. The substrate under the tile matters. A rule of thumb is that cheap products are exactly that.
-Tile can be confusing. So now what? Come to see us first.
*A little confusion exists on the terms “ceramic” and “porcelain”. One clarification is that all porcelain is ceramic, but not all ceramic is porcelain. Porcelain is a ceramic tile that has been fired at higher temperatures for longer periods of time so that its water absorption rate is less than one half of 1%. What that means is that porcelain is most practical to use in heavy water areas and may be frost proof so therefore usable in exterior freeze-thaw environments. Please be aware that many glazes on porcelain may not be frost proof and many ceramic glazes are waterproof. Although porcelain is equated with quality, take note that there are both high-quality ceramic tile and lower quality porcelain tile.
Only God can make a tree. Hardwood floors are durable, beautiful and warm to the feel. It is no surprise that homes with hardwood floors sell for more than those without. Who can improve on Mother Nature? No one really, but we take what she provides and tries to make it better. Somewhere in the last century or two. we installed hardwoods in our homes and after a time they became distressed, so we started to wax them. Mom said this is too much work! We applied varnishes and then urethane finishes. These finishes wore away over time, but each performed better than the last. We now have some super-duper acrylic finishes and aluminum oxide impregnated finishes that stand up to wear and tear better than previous products. The refinish of a hardwood floor today is further out than we would have faced years earlier. If you accept that a living hardwood floor ages gracefully with us, you may never need to refinish your floor.Engineered vs Solid (where is what matters most)
Solid Hardwood is generally ¾’’ thick slabs that have been cut directly from the wood of various trees and milled into interlocking strips of various widths. It’s most commonly used over a wood substrate. Most applications are nail down installation.
Engineered wood is generally a thin layer varying from 1/32 of an inch to a heavy 1/8’’ of the same wood from various trees glued to a supporting structural panel made from either plywood or high-density fiberboard. Engineered products can be applied over a wide variety of substrates. Engineered floors are generally more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood. Most applications are floated over a pad, glued or stapled down.Some other general thoughts:
In an ideal world, nobody will ever notice the installation of your flooring. Quality installation results from attention to the details. The details of a perfect floor installation are meant to be hidden. Anything on the floor meets the perimeter of the room. Your floor installation does not end with, How much per square foot? Whether it's carpet, hardwood, tile, or another material Builders Carpet Outlet strives to achieve installations where details are never seen.
During the planning phase, we'll take accurate measurements and give you an accurate quote for the costs to avoid unpleasant surprises like running out of material or hidden charges at the end of the job.
Like you, we're local to Ann Arbor and doing a poor job is simply not an option. Our reputation for quality flooring installation is what keeps us in business.
To discuss the different types of flooring installations available in Ann Arbor, dial 734-973-8466 to speak to a Builders Carpet Outlet expert.
Conveniently located with service to the greater Ann Arbor area, Builders Carpet Outlet is available for all your flooring needs.