Indoor Outdoor Carpet

Paramita Ghosh Nov 26, 2018
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Indoor outdoor carpets always manage to add great value and style to any home. So what are the many types available? Read on to know...
Indoor outdoor carpets have been used since decades for their multipurpose utilities. While adding elegance and beauty, these carpets also protect the carpeted area from dampness and moisture at the same time.
These carpets are ideal for porches, patios, decks, swimming pool areas, workshops, spas, sun rooms etc. 
The most traditional kind of carpet has been the green grassy one which resembled the golf course turf. However, with time, this classic style has given way to a variety of colors, textures and styles of indoor outdoor carpets to choose from.

Indoor/Outdoor Carpets: Things to Consider

  • The density of the carpet plays an important role to determine the comfort factor and longevity of the carpet. You can push your finger through the carpet to its backing to figure out the same.
  • It is necessary that the material of the carpet is stain- and UV-resistant. This will allow the carpet to retain its color and shine longer.
  • The quality of the carpet is largely dependent on its moisture-resistant capacity. Check whether the carpet has a marine backing to ensure the same.
  • Different economy grades of carpets are available depending on the foot traffic density and areas in which they are going to be used. Thus, carefully select your carpet accordingly.
  • The humidity and moisture level of the area need to be considered while choosing a carpet for the concerned area.

Types of Indoor Outdoor Carpets

Here are some of the major types of indoor outdoor carpets. Understanding the types will help you well in choosing the carpet that will suit your needs the best.

Grass Turf Carpet

Although the grassy green carpets are the oldest ones when talking about variety, they still remain to be quite popular. These carpets can be used around the pool area, patio or any area where you want to have a touch of green.
Some of the modern cut pile grass turf carpets are designed to be used for various sports activities too, and are thus called sports turfs.

Cut Pile Velour Carpet

These carpets have a formal appearance and are mostly found to be used inside cars, boats or patios. There are no loops in Cut Pile Velour Carpets.

Textured Carpet

Textured carpets are mostly very decorative, warm and comfortable. These carpets add elegance and style to the overall appeal of the room, and can be used for both formal and casual purposes.

Plush Carpet

As the name suggests, Plush carpets denote luxury, comfort, and a classic touch. These carpets are soft and smooth, and are ideal to use in covered outdoor areas or indoors too. Usually, these carpets are used for areas receiving low foot traffic.
However, there are different types of Plush carpets which you can use in fully exposed outdoor areas, depending on the extent of foot traffic it receives.

Loop Carpet

Loop carpets offer a variety of colors and styles to choose from. These carpets can be ideal for offices, basements, etc., because they are very durable and low-maintenance.

Berber Carpet

Berber carpets are known for their lasting fresh look and durability. Made out of olefin or wool, the specialty of this kind of carpet lies in its natural loops at single or multi-levels.
This helps in concealing the footprints. Thus, Berber carpets can be ideal for areas which experience a heavy crowd, such as the living room or hallway. A variety of colors are available to choose from in Berber carpets.

Saxony Carpet

Saxony carpets are available in 2 types, namely, cut pile and textured. Cut pile are ideal for a traditional look, while textured carpets can be perfect for a trendy look. These are good at absorbing footprints, and thus can be used in living rooms, recreation rooms, etc.

Frieze Carpet

Frieze carpets are popular for their tight texture. These carpets are made of yarn and are known for their durability. They add a jazzy appeal to the room and are good for rooms welcoming frequent visitors. They are available in a wide range of colors and styles.

Marine Carpet

If the carpet is going to be used in a damp area of the house, then you should go in for the Marine carpet. As the name suggests, it is mostly used for boats, and is best suited to handle moisture. 
Compare the prices and products of different stores before you buy any of them. Make sure that the carpets are installed properly. You can install them yourself or take help of a professional. If you are installing the carpet on your own, follow the installation instructions properly. 
Remember that prices may vary depending on the material, size and density of the carpet. There are several retail outlets selling branded carpets at reasonable prices. Also, several outlets have their websites, through which they sell their carpets online.
The detailed description of the make and pricing of the products offered should all be checked, and then you need to choose a carpet according to your specific needs and liking.
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