A carpet purchase involves a world of terms you need to understand to get the best value for your money. We’ve covered several carpeting topics lately. In this article, we’re going to explain one of the most misunderstood components of carpet quality: carpet face weight. We will discuss what it is, whether it is essential, and if it affects the carpet.
What Is Carpet Face Weight?
Face weight is the amount of carpet pile per square yard, measured in ounces. Carpet fiber only contributes to the face weight and NOT the backing materials. It is essential to realize that different types of fiber will have varying weights, and comparing two carpets made from other materials won’t give you an accurate picture of carpet quality. It is also important not to confuse carpet face weight with carpet’s total weight, which combines the carpet’s backing and the carpet fiber.
How Important Is Face Weight?
The face weight of carpets has become one of the main selling points for many carpet retailers. Unfortunately, this is misleading since consumers believe the face weight of the carpet is the most critical criterion for determining its quality. It is common knowledge that a carpet with a higher face weight will be more durable. However, that is not the case all the time. You must put face weight into context before fully grasping its meaning.
In reality, face weight is only one of several factors that determine carpet quality. To determine the carpet’s quality, several factors must be considered, including fiber twist, fiber type, and carpet style.
Weight and Carpet Style
Styles of carpet are constructed differently, and you cannot make comparisons between two different construction styles based solely on face weight; for example, Berbers tend to have lower face weights than Saxonies because of their low pile and relatively low number of fibers. For instance, a very good quality Berber carpet might have the same face weight as a Saxony of mediocre quality. A 28-oz. For example, Berber will most likely outperform a 28-oz. Saxony. The face weight of the carpet has no value as a criterion when comparing carpets of different styles—but it is of some importance when comparing two carpets in the same construction category. Even here, though, there are limitations to how much emphasis to place on the face weight number.
What face weight carpet should I buy?
You want at least a 35-ounce face-weight carpet for maximum durability. Depending on other features of your carpet, a lower or higher face weight may be required. Factors that may affect the minimum face weight needed are how often the room is used, the carpet’s twist level, and the carpet’s density. Guidelines for face weight:
|Durability||Carpet Years||Face Weight|
|Poor||Less than 7||Less than 30 oz|
|Acceptable||7 to 12||30 to 40 oz|
|Best||12+||Over 40 oz|
All in all, the best carpet is one that works for your lifestyle, room, budget, and interior design. You can find the best carpet face weight for your home by taking note of this information, making it easier to narrow down different carpet brands, colors, and constructions. No matter what carpet type you decide to install, keep in mind that it will be installed in your home, so it’s crucial that you love it!