What Are the Types of Carpet?
Feld’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Avon and Greencastle is your locally owned source for all things carpet. Whether you are replacing, updating, or adding new carpet to your home, we are here to help you find the best carpet. Carpets are made up of fibers, which can be synthetic or natural, and have an impact on how a carpet will look and feel. Fibers also impact the way a carpet will perform overall in your home. Choosing a new carpet for your home is more than just finding the right color, it is about choose the type of fiber that would perform best in your home.
Types of fibers used in carpets include nylon, polyester, triexta, olefin/polypropylene, and wool.
Types of Carpet Fibers
Nylon features many different benefits like top quality performance in the home and that it is a long lasting fiber. An important thing to know about nylon is that it needs to be treated and dye sites need to be filled and the fiber needs to be coated in a stain resistant treatment so stains will not settle into the fiber.
Polyester is another type of synthetic fiber that is cost effective, but has a reputation for not being as durable as nylon. New technology is changing the chemistry of polyester, however, making it more durable than what homeowners have been used to for years.
Olefin/polypropylene fibers are perfect for residential areas in low traffic spaces like dining rooms and formal living 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 the natural fibers that can be used to make carpet and can be considered a green product. 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 an equal option to nylon.
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