At Floor Coverings International Concord we have a huge selection of carpets made from many different materials. In order to help you select the kind of carpet that best satisfies your needs, we’ve put together some information about the different fibers our carpeting is made from.
We begin with nylon because it is the most common carpet material on the market and arguably the most versatile. Nylon has risen to its current status in the carpet world due to a number of factors that make it a good choice. For one, nylon is very durable and resilient. As carpet is walked on the fibers are bent and crushed, and nylon excels at retaining its springiness and standing back up after being pushed down. It is also resistant to static electricity. On the other hand, nylon is not naturally stain resistant, but it is usually treated to help it resist discoloration. One other thing to keep in mind with nylon is that it can fade when exposed to direct sunlight.
Polyester is an affordable carpeting material that offers a soft feel under foot when it has a thick pile. So, it is one of the most comfortable options. It also has the benefit of being naturally stain and fade resistant. However, it is not as durable or resilient as nylon and may tend to show wear over time. For this reason it is not recommended for high-traffic areas.
Another common synthetic material is olefin. While also not as resilient as nylon, it is a strong and durable material when it is manufactured with a loop pile. You will often see berber style carpeting made from olefin for this reason. A major strength of olefin is that it does not absorb water and so has to be solution dyed. That is to say, the coloring is incorporated into the material itself, which means it won’t fade.
Wool is widely considered to be a top choice in carpeting material, but it also tends to be the most expensive. Wool is prized for its luxurious feel, its high level of durability, and its stain and dirt resistance. It is also naturally fire retardant, and since it is a natural material it is more eco-friendly than some other options. Aside from the price, a downside of wool is that it too can fade over time when exposed to direct light.
Acrylic is not a very widely used material in carpeting, but it does offer some of the benefits of the other synthetic materials. One key upside is that it mimics the look and feel of wool without the high price. Acrylic is also resistant to mold and mildew, and it is not a major conductor of static electricity.
Another option made from natural fibers is sisal. Sisal doesn’t offer an exceptionally soft carpeting material, but what it lacks in comfort it makes up for in durability. Sisal is made from the fibers of agave plants, which are used to create a very tough material that is stain and dirt resistant and anti-static. It will hold up well to the abuse of high-traffic areas, but it isn’t the best choice for a room where you may want to spend time on the floor.
You have a lot of options when it comes to carpet, and making a decision can be difficult. At Floor Coverings International Concord our flooring experts are here to help make your flooring decisions as easy as possible. Schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our flooring experts, and they will help you select a carpet material that works best for your usage needs and your décor, as well as one that keeps you within your budget.
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