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Question DetailsAsked on 11/8/2011

What's the best type of carpet for high-traffic areas?

I'm looking to replace the carpet on the stairs leading to my basement. Although it's less than 2 years old, the carpet the previous homeowner installed was "bottom of the barrel" quality (I found the exact same product at a big-box home improvement store and it's literally the cheapest carpet you can buy). We use our basement quite often, so these stairs get a lot of use - what type of carpet fiber material would be best for that? What's the best loop pattern for a high-traffic area? Ideally, I'd remove the carpet and replace it with hardwood stair treads, but I don't have the room for it in my budget.

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On all materials if price is low sometime less quality . Barber good for trafic area.

Answered 8 years ago by Serge Construction


A commercial grade Berber is probably your best bet. It's stiffer and endures the constant use better. You'll pay a little more for it but it's worth it on stairways. Make sure you hire someone experienced with laying it on stairs. I've seen some pretty shoddy jobs with it because it's not as forgiving on mistakes as cut pile residential carpet so they really have to know what they are doing.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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