There are plenty of great reasons to use carpet flooring in your home. It’s soft, stylish, insulating, and most modern styles are very durable. You may think that the main distinguishing factors between different types of carpet are pile styles or color. However, when you take a closer look at the carpet fibers, you’ll quickly find out how the material make-up of various carpeting does contribute to different properties. By understanding some of these differences, you can also figure out what type of carpet flooring can best suit your budget or withstand high-traffic areas of your home. Here are just three types of carpet fibers we’ll more closely examine today.
Nylon Carpet Fibers
Nylon is a synthetic material that’s often considered a premium and choice pick for residential as well as commercial carpeting. These types of carpet fibers are among the most durable on the market but still incredibly soft and plush underfoot. The synthetic nature of nylon carpet makes it resistant to many things, including crush and wear, pests, mold, mildew, stains, and chemicals. Plus, nylon carpet fibers do not hold onto allergens as many other carpets do. What it does hold onto are its shape and color. Nylon carpet is not cheap but still very affordable if you’re looking for great quality carpeting.
Olefin carpet is a generic name for carpet fibers made from polypropylene, also a type of synthetic fiber. This kind of carpet is not quite as expensive as other synthetic carpet options, but it is also not as long-lasting. If you are looking for olefin carpeting, choose a style that has a loop pile or very dense cut pile since this construction should allow the carpet to retain its plushness for longer. Other benefits of polypropylene carpet fibers are resistant to color fading (from sunlight or chemical cleaners), and it’s fairly easy to clean.
PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate, but most refer to it as polyester for carpeting. Again, this is another synthetic carpet fiber on this list but is often considered the greenest option around. Many polyester carpets contain recycled plastics to strengthen each carpet fiber. Indeed, polyester carpet is more resistant to staining than nylon, and it’s also often the least expensive. However, these carpet fibers will wear down sooner than other carpet options, requiring more frequent replacing. Be sure to consider the longevity factor when selecting a carpet fiber material for your new home carpeting.
RPS Flooring is Here to Help
Is your home or commercial building in need of new floors? RPS Carpet and Flooring Wholesalers has over two decades of experience providing residential and commercial flooring throughout Maryland. If you still have more questions about how to care for your floors, we here at RPS Flooring are here to help. Our trained professionals will answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call, or come and visit our showroom to check out our expansive selection. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.