Up close view of nylon carpet samplesWith the abundance of carpet materials on the market, it can be tough knowing the best option for your home. Synthetic materials have gained a strong foothold as carpet materials for their durability and cost, and there are several types available to consumers today. But can you name the top varieties? Here, our flooring team at Floor Coverings International Concord shares the top 4 types of synthetic carpets. Ready? Let’s go.

1. Nylon

By far the most common and popular choice, nylon carpet is renowned for its durability and versatility. It performs exceedingly well in both loop pile and cut pile carpet styles, including saxony, Berber, and frieze. It’s fibers are soft yet resilient, and hold up well in high-traffic areas. As such, they can be installed anywhere you’d normally install carpet, including commercial settings.

2. Polyester

Polyester is another synthetic carpet fiber that has been around for quite a while. It’s available in many different grades and qualities, however it’s known to be less durable than nylon. For the environmentally conscientious homeowner, polyester is more eco-friendly than other synthetic materials, and can easily be recycled and repurposed into new carpets. It’s also highly resistant to stains and affordable for projects on a budget.

3. Triexta

While it may sound the name of a pharmaceutical conglomerate, Triexta is a more recent contender in the world of synthetic carpets. Performance-wise, it’s most comparable to nylon, however the process used to make it most closely resembles that of polyester, with the key differences coming in the material’s softness and durability. Where polyester tends to be a bit rough, Triexta is a much softer alternative. What’s more? Its resilient fibers maintain their shape under years of wear, making it a great material for longer pile carpets, including saxony and frieze.

4. Olefin

Of the top 4 synthetic varieties, olefin most closely resembles wool and is used to make short, loop pile carpets such as Berber. Because its fibers are not as resilient as nylon or Triexta, it performs best in tightly woven area rugs and wall-to-wall carpets in areas that see less foot traffic. Because it is easier to make than the other synthetics, it is a less-expensive (and often a less-durable) flooring choice. That being said, one of olefin’s best strengths is its resistance to stains, which stands out above most other synthetic fibers.

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If you want to know even more about synthetic carpets, contact you local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Concord today. Schedule your free consultation and a member of our team will bring our full selection of flooring samples to your home. Start your next flooring project today!

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