Frequently Asked Flooring Questions

At Beckler's Carpet, we get a lot of questions about floorcovering. Below you will find some of the more common questions we get asked. For your convenience, there are quick-jump links provided to jump to the flooring section you need answers too. If you don't find an answer to your question here, give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.

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Question: What are the different types of carpet?

Answer: There are a number of different types, with only minor differences between some. Here is a list of the different types of carpet you can find:


Berbers are increasing in popularity faster than any other type of carpet. Berbers limit footprints and vacuum tracks in informal areas. Berbers can have thicker yarns than other level loop pile carpets for high durability. These loops can retain dirt and may be damaged from snags. Berbers come in expensive wool fibers or less expensive nylon.

Cut Pile

The best-selling type of carpet is textured cut pile. Cutting looped carpet fibers at the top creates cut pile with yarn bundles standing straight. Preshearing cut pile several times creates a luxurious appearance. Cut pile is less resistant to crushing than other types of carpet.

Cut and Loop Pile

Cut and loop pile combines cut and looped fibers. It provides a variety of surface textures or sculptured effects for medium durability. Cut and loop pile carpets are available in solid or multiple colors. The different levels in this type of carpet can hide dirt and footprints in formal and informal areas.


Frieze is a highly twisted cut pile carpet suited for high traffic, informal areas. It has short fibers that tend to curl in different directions at the surface to hide footprints and vacuum marks.

Level Loop Pile

Level loop pile is made by weaving even loops of yarn into carpet backing at both ends. This type of carpet is very durable and track resistant because of its strong loops. Higher loops create a more luxurious appearance. Level loop piles with short and densely packed loops are easy to clean. They prevent dirt from filtering into carpet. This type of carpet is ideal for high traffic areas.

Multi-Level Loop Pile

Multi-level loop pile is like level loop pile except that the loop heights vary (usually two to three different loop heights). This carpet creates an appearance of random texture. This type of carpet is good for high traffic areas but the smaller loops can sometimes hold more dirt.


Saxonies are tightly twisted cut piles that are heatset straight. Saxonies consist of two or more fibers twisted together in a yarn. They provide a soft texture for formal and informal areas. Saxonies show every footprint and vacuum-cleaner mark. These carpets have medium durability.

Texture and Textured Saxonies

Textures are the best-selling carpets and work well in informal areas (such as family rooms and children's bedrooms) because of its soft feel. Textures are tightly twisted and texture heatset for medium durability. They have a multi-colored look that disguises tracks and footprints.


Velvets/Plushes are lightly twisted and have a uniform color. They are softer and more level than textures. This type of carpet is ideal for formal areas (such as formal living rooms and master bedrooms) because of its luxurious appearance. Velvets/Plushes show every footprint and vacuum-cleaner mark.

Hardwood Flooring

Question: What is the difference between engineered hardwood flooring and regular hardwood flooring?

Answer: Hardwood flooring is composed of a solid piece of hardwood, while engineered hardwood flooring is composed of layers wood and then the top layer is hardwood. All of these layers are glued together to make a solid piece of flooring.

Question: Is it possible to refinish engineered hardwood flooring?

Answer: In most cases, the answer is yes, but it will need to be done by a professional. The good news is that with the finish that is used on most engineered hardwood flooring, there should be no need for refinishing for several years. These finishes are very durable and able to withstand a great deal of wear and tear. But engineered floors have only so many refinishes in them before you've worked your way through the top layer into the core.

Question: What is the difference between a laminate, solid hardwood and an engineered hardwood floor?

Answer: Laminate- core of product is typically made of High Density Fiber (HDF). The top layer is a photographic layer that should appear identical to the product it replicates, be it wood, vinyl, tile, etc. The product is generally 3/8