What Are the Types of Carpet?
At Hopkins Carpet One Floor & Home, we are your local resource for all things carpet. When it is time to replace the carpet in your home, our flooring professionals are here to help guide you through our selection. Carpet fibers are made from several different materials and can have an impact on how a carpet with perform and function in your home. These fibers also impact the style of the carpet and how it will look in your home. Choosing a new carpet for your home is more than just finding the right color, it about choose the type of fiber that would perform best in your home. We can help you narrow down your selection based on your lifestyle and the warranty level you wanted using our Select-A-Floor system.
Types of fibers used in carpets include nylon, polyester, triexta, olefin/polypropylene, and wool.
Types of Carpet Fibers
Nylon is one of the most popular synthetic carpet fibers. The benefits of nylon include top quality performance and long lasting looks. One thing you should know about nylon is that it needs to be treated and coated in a stain resistant treatment so stains will not fill in the dye sites, but instead the treatment will.
Polyester is a less expensive synthetic fiber compared to nylon, but may not be as durable as other options. New technology is changing the chemistry of polyester, however, making it more durable than what homeowners have become accustomed to.
Olefin/polypropylene is best for families who are not very active in the home, and is best installed in low traffic areas like dining rooms or formal rooms. These types of carpets feature more decorative patterns and are design to be looked at rather than be lived on.
Wool is one of few natural fibers and is considered an eco-friendly option because it is sustainable. Wool is considered a hypoallergenic option because it traps allergens and stops them from floating into the breathing zone.
Triexta is a cousin to polyester. It is inherently stain resistant, and unlike nylon fibers it does not need to be treated in order to be stain resistant. Many embrace triexta as equal option to nylon.
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