Types of Carpet

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What Are the Types of Carpet?

Glines Carpet One Floor & Home in Yuba City is your locally owned source for all things carpet. Whether you are placing, updating, or adding new carpet to your home we are here to help you find the best floor for your home. Fibers are what carpets are made from, and those fibers are made from different materials which can impact how a carpet performs and functions in your home. Fibers can even influence the style of the carpet. 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.

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Types of Carpet Fibers

Nylon is one of the most popular synthetic fibers compared to other options like polyester. Nylon features many different benefits like top quality performance, and that is looks better for longer. 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 costs less than 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 used to.

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 equal option to nylon.

Expert Advice - Basics of Carpet Fibers

Join our very own Jim Aaron, VP of Merchandising for Carpet One Floor & Home, for some inside information on the different types of carpet fibers.

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