Spring Decorating with Showcase Collection Carpets

Spring is a time full of life and bright colors, so why not brighten up your home with some new carpet or area rugs? The Carpet Express Showcase Collections features many beautiful residential carpets that would work well as wall-to-wall carpet or area rugs. The Showcase Collection features carpets from brands such as Shaw, Mohawk, Beaulieu, Dreamweaver, and more. In addition, Carpet Express can create custom runners and area rugs from any of the residential carpets.

Check out the Showcase Collection carpet.

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Shaw Color of the Year 2017 – Lush

lush-1Recently Shaw announced that Lush is the color of the year 2017. Lush features an array of greens that are inspired by nature. Shaw says that the color focuses on today’s desire for health, well-being and renewal.

“From the tallest trees to the deepest valleys, green surrounds us,” said Debbie Houston, creative director, Shaw Floors. “It’s vibrant, but at the same time, soothing. It changes with the seasons without ever getting old or boring. Lush is nature’s neutral,” Houston says.

Lush can be a statement color, and it goes well with many styles such as glamorous, rustic, and contemporary. The color also does well with jewel tones and neutral hues.

Click here to see our collection of Shaw carpet.

Click here to see our collection of green carpet.

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Lexmark Hospitality and Residential

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Lexmark Headquarters in Dalton GA

Lexmark Headquarters in Dalton GA

Lexmark is known for their high-styled and high quality hospitality carpet. Since 1993, Lexmark has manufactured gorgeous carpet designed especially for hotel halls/ corridors, guest rooms, public spaces, and conference rooms. They can also create custom carpets for customers as well.

Recently, we had the pleasure of going on a tour of the Lexmark manufacturing facility lead by industry veteran and friend of Carpet Express, Mr. Carl Whaley. Lexmark is truly an amazing operation. A lot of carpet mills create the yarn in one place, and tuft it and back it in another. However, at Lexmark, raw materials go in one door and finished carpet comes out the other.  This is a seamless state-of-the-art manufacturing operation.

First we were shown the pellets of nylon before they are “extruded” into nylon strands.

Nylon pellets for solution dyed carpet.

Nylon pellets for solution dyed carpet.

Rows and rows of high-tech machines whir noisily as they precision melt or “extrude” these small pellets into hair-thin strands. Since most of Lexmark’s product line is solution dyed nylon, most of the dye process is actually in this first step.

Nylon Extruder

Nylon Extruders are loud!

In other words, these tiny strands are pure color all the way through. This will help with stain and fade resistance when these carpets find their final homes in hotels, casinos, or even main street commercial applications.

After the pellets are extruded into hair-thin strands of fiber, the strands are then tightly wound around each other and twisted into a tough yarn. The twisted yarn then goes through the process of “heat-setting.” Heat-setting the yarn literally sets the twist and keeps the yarn from unraveling. Those wound strands of yarn are then wound around other strands for added stability and also to create “barber poles”, multi-color strands and other unique looks. After this process the yarn is then spooled and inventoried.

Yarn Spooling Machines

Yarn Spooling Machines

It takes a highly organized and perfectly automated system to keep all these departments working together.

Hi-Tech Creel Machine

Loading Racks on Creel Machines hold thousands of spools that feed into the tufting needles.

A few of their styles are made on beam machines, but most of the carpet collections are made with huge creel machines. These monstrous krill machines are automated by computers, which determine exactly how the patterns will be made in the carpet. These machines are both impressive and imposing!

Thousands of Threads Feed Into Tufting Needles

Thousands of Threads Feed Into Tufting Needles

The spools of yarn are strategically placed on the back of the machines and feed into thousands of needles that buzz out precise and ornate patterns.

Creel Spool Loading Section

Creel Spool Loading Section

Lexmark has always been a name associated with quality, and we saw first-hand the teams of trained krill operators inspecting each square inch of carpet as it steadily flowed out of the tufting machines.

Hospitality Carpet Inspection and Quality Control

Mr. Whaley explaining the inspection process.

Tufting technology has advanced dramatically over the years, and I couldn’t help but think of Catherine Evans Whitener and what she would say if she could see how far we’ve come. Catherine was a pioneer of the carpet industry who mastered the tufting method over a century ago for hand-made bedspreads. Learn more about her contribution to Dalton history here.

From there, the carpet will go through the backing process. A layer of action bac or unitary/urethane backing is poured, spread, and cooked onto the back of the carpet. This backing locks in the tufts of the yarn and creates dimensional stability. There are other coating processes after that that help everything from reducing static to added stain repellents.

Lexmark has been making commercial and hospitality carpet since 1993, but in the last four years has created a line residential carpet. Their residential carpets are just great. If one lives in Dalton and also works in flooring (which is a pretty good chance), one can get a little tired of seeing the same old styles over and over again.

Florence from Lexmark's Residential Carpet Collection

Florence from Lexmark’s Residential Carpet Collection

We were immediately impressed by their striking patterns and colors. They’ve applied their meticulous process for making commercial grade carpet into making their residential collection. They even use the same twist level in their residential carpet.

We really can’t say enough about how impressed we were and how much we enjoyed the mill tour. Special thanks to Carl Whaley for his insight, hospitality (pun intended), and lunch!

Click here to see Lexmark carpet.

 

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How Much Does a Nice Residential Carpet Cost?

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That is a really good question. I assume you want a price for installed carpet, which would include carpet, pad, and installation. My short answer is about $20 per sq. yd. but let’s break down the cost and look at your options.

There is a very large selection of carpet styles and designs that would qualify as nice carpet. So let’s focus on carpet made from nylon and polyester, which are the two most popular residential carpet fibers.
Besides the carpet, you also have pad and installation to make up the total cost of buying carpet for your home. All three have a wide price range and are many times priced together, or maybe buy the carpet and pad and you will get free installation. This is obviously a marketing scheme and the consumer needs to compare the total price.

First let’s look at the carpet. Nice carpet for your home will range from a 35 oz polyester at about $8.99 per sq. yd. on the low end to a 55 oz nylon at about $23.99 per sq. yd. on the high end. A 35 oz nylon would cost about $14.99 per sq. yd. on the low end of nice nylon carpet while a 55 oz polyester would cost about $14.99 per sq. yd. on the high end of polyester carpet. As you can see nylon is more expensive than polyester. Both polyester and nylon are available in soft fiber, which will increase the price about 20%.

Next we will look at the pad. The best pad for your money is a 7/16″ thick 8lb. rebond pad at $2.99 per sq. yd. There are several pads, such as Shaw’s “St. Jude Hope Cushion,” Mohawk’s “Decorate for the Cure,” and Stainmaster’s rebond pad that cost around $4.95 per sq. yd. As with carpet, there are several pads that are more expensive such as Healthier Choice or solid rubber pad.

Last but not least you obviously need quality installation. A basic installation costs about $4.50 per sq. yd. This number can increase with extra charges for removing and carrying off old carpet, which costs about $1.00 per sq. yd. Moving most furniture will cost about $1.50 per sq. yd., and moving heavy furniture such as pianos, pool tables, and entertainment centers have extra charges. There are also extra charges for installing berber carpet and patterned carpet, as well as carpeting steps.

Now we need to combine the cost of carpet, pad, and installation to get our total cost.

A nice residential polyester carpet should run about $16 to $25 per sq. yd. installed.
A nice residential nylon carpet should run about $22 to $31 per sq. yd. installed.

The nylon carpet will be more durable, but the polyester offers the best apparent value. Remember the denser and lower the pile, the longer your carpet should last. However, no matter how nice your carpet, it will show traffic patterns with time.

Important!!! Carpet may be priced by the sq. ft. instead of the sq. yd. There are 9 sq. ft. in 1 sq. yd. so a carpet that costs $18.00 per square yard cost only $2.00 per square foot. Don’t get confused and be sure you’re comparing apples to apples or square feet to square feet or square yards to square yards. There is a huge difference.

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Beaulieu of America Launches Two New Bliss Carpets for this Fall

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Beaulieu America has created two new carpets for their popular super-soft category, and the carpets are named Bliss Vivid and Bliss Hypnotic. Both of the new products are companion textures made of Tryelle, which is the new super-soft PET filament fiber made exclusively by Beaulieu America.
Randy Sanford, Beaulieu America’s director of residential product management, says that Bliss Vivid and Bliss Hypnotic have the perfect aesthetic combination of superior feel and gorgeous visuals, which is the result of Tryelle yarn innovation.
Bliss Vivid is a solid color that is offered in thirty of today’s most popular shades of nature’s best neutrals, comfortable colors, and trendy accents. Bliss Hypnotic has 12 family-friendly colors, which are accented by stone-inspired points of color. The colors used for Bliss Hypnotic create a comfortable and inviting floor in any home. Both products have Beaulieu’s patented Magic Fresh odor reduction technology, and they are treated with a proprietary formulation of 3M Scotchgard soil and stain protector. Bliss products ensure that your home will remain clean and fresh year after year, and the carpet stays looking newer, longer.

Click here to see our Beaulieu Bliss flooring.
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Shaw’s Anso Nylon

anso-nylonShaw’s Anso nylon is a durable and resilient fiber, and it is also exceptionally soft. Nylon comes in a wide variety of textures and colors, which makes it a perfect choice for every lifestyle. Anso nylon was created in a way that it can be recycled, and it is an environmental friendly fiber. The Anso nylon fibers are certified cradle to cradle, which means they can be recycled over and over without end. This fiber also has a high level of resilience and it maintains its original shape and new appearance for a long time. Anso nylon has more than 40 years of carpet manufacturing experience and it has an extensive warranty package, which gives customers a peace of mind when purchasing carpet made of Anso nylon. the patented R2x treatment gives the fibers unsurpassed stain resistance. The R2x treatment helps Anso nylon repel dirt and soil, and it also helps the Anso nylon wear gradually. Having a busy lifestyle is not a problem for Anso nylon because it is made to last. The nylon 6 fibers make it twenty percent tougher than most fibers and it shows less wear over time.
Click here to see our Shaw Anso Nylon carpet.

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Fall Sale 2014

 

This week is our annual Fall Sale. The sale starts on Monday September 8th and it ends on Saturday September 13th. Both store locations will be open Monday through Saturday. Different specials will be appearing all week online and in stores. We will have some wonderful deals on our Carpet Express Showcase collections on soft carpet, vinyl, hardwood, etc. We have five different styles of ultra soft carpet in our collection.

If you happen to stop by or drive by the Connector 3 location, you will see a unique display showcasing some of our soft carpet. Feel free to stop by and take a picture or get your picture made with the neat display. In addition, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, both store locations will be serving some delicious grilled hot dogs.

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We also have a 10% discount off all of our showcase collections. The promo code is: FALLSALE

Click here to see the soft carpet in our Carpet Express Showcase Collection.

Click here to see all of the products in our Carpet Express Showcase Collection.

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