Low, medium, high pile: Carpet height explained
Simply put, pile is the height of carpet fibers. Most likely, when choosing a carpet installation in Dallas, you’re probably not thinking about pile. Pattern, design, and color are all things you’re focused on, no doubt, but fiber height is an equally essential consideration. What you may not realize is, the lifespan, feel, and appearance of the carpet is directly connected with pile. As such, let’s go over the various height options so you can best assess which one would be ideal for your home.
What is pile?
Pile is whatever fibers you see on the surface, which includes the length and height of those fibers. Normally, we categorize into three different types:
- Low-pile carpet: under ¼ inch
- Medium-pile carpet: ¼ inch to ½ inch
- High-pile carpet: ½ inch to ¾ inch
Anything over ¾ inch is labeled plush. Shag is the perfect example of plush, for instance. Normally, personal preference and the room you’re covering helps you select which pile height would be most suitable as a flooring installation in Fort Worth.
Low pile fibers typically have a smoother surface, denser quality, and a tighter weave. Strength and durability are one advantage to opting for low pile, as it tends to hold up better than much longer fibers in the long run. Vacuuming is also easier, since debris, pet hair, and dirt doesn’t get lodged much in shorter pile.
Offering a nice balance between low and high piles, medium pile provides the perks of both worlds. Since it is slightly longer than low pile, medium is softer to the touch. Though vacuuming is easier than high pile or shag, it’s a bit more time consuming than low pile.
If you’re looking for a luxurious feel underfoot, then go for high pile. As it has longer strands of thread, it feels fluffier and appears looser. High pile is great if you want to add coziness, softness, and warmth to a room. And, since the surface is fluffy and haphazard, you get more texture and personality.
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