Berber carpet is a popular type of carpet. It can be made of Wool, Nylon or Polypropylene (Olefin). Berber is most easily identified by the loop construction where one strand of carpet runs the entire length of the carpet. If you are considering this style of carpeting there are some things you should know. Read this article to learn about some of the pros and cons of Berber carpet.
Berber carpet does have many pros. As most salesman will tell you, it wears very well. Being that it is very dense and hard it is tougher to wear a Berber carpet than it is a pile carpet. Another pro is that it gives your home flooring a formal look. Because it is hard, it does not show footprints or vacuum marks. This gives it a very finished look all of the time. If you get a speckled pattern Berber also has the benefit of hiding soiling. Distinguishing soil from speckles can be hard to do.
The cons of Berber carpet are numerous however so one should be aware of them. For starters, one should avoid Olefin or Polypropylene Berbers as they are soft fibers and pack down easily showing traffic lanes. This type of material also has an affinity towards oil and will attract grease like a magnet.
Another con is that since Berber is a continuous loop, if you pull a strand it will create a run across the entire carpet. This can be difficult if not impossible to repair. Yet another con is that because of the looped construction, Berber is hard to step on. It is not much more comfortable to walk on than a bare floor so do not expect the comfort of a plush pile carpeting.
This article really just scratches the surface of the pros and cons of Berber but it will give yo an idea of some things to look at. Consider talking to a well trained carpet salesperson for more information that you can use to make your decision. Good luck and choose well.