The best type of carpet for high traffic areas

Updated March 23, 2017

High traffic carpeted areas, such as those in rental properties, need a sturdy and long-lasting carpet. Depending on the appearance and quality you desire, there are several carpet options available.

Cut Pile

Cut pile carpet is one of the most popular types on the market. Manufacturers loop carpet fibres and then cut the tops of the loops off, causing the bundles of yarn to stand up. Cut pile is less resistant to crushing than other loose fibre carpets.


Frieze is a cut pile style of carpet where the manufacturer twists the carpet fibres very tight before cutting it short. The short and tight fibres help to hide footprints and vacuum marks.

Level Loop Pile

For level loop pile, the manufacturer loops the carpet fibres all at the same height. Unlike cut pile, the loops stay intact. A short and tightly packed level loop pile is easier to clean because it keeps dirt on the surface of the carpet.

Multi-level Loop Pile

Multi-level loop pile has just that--looped carpet fibres at varying heights. It's strong for high-traffic areas, but it's important to note that the shorter loops can sometimes trap dirt.


An increasingly popular type of carpet, Berber tends to be the top choice for landlords because price and durability. What makes Berber more durable is that it is made like loop pile, but with thicker carpet fibres.

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