Types of Carpet

Carpet comes in a variety of options to choose from, how do you narrow down the options to find the best fit for your needs?

One important thing to consider when choosing carpet is the type of carpet you choose. The best type of carpet for one space might be one option, and another type may be the best carpet for another.

So which is the best carpet for you?

When considering which type of carpet is best suited for your needs, it is helpful to first understand the different types of carpet available.

Before we get into the most common types of carpet and recommended uses, let’s look at some key advantages of carpet.

  • Carpet is one of the most economical floor coverings available
  • There's a huge variety of patterns, textures, and colors available to match any mood, style, or preference
  • Carpet is an excellent non-slip surface, providing additional cushion for you and items in transit
  • Carpet reduces noise by absorbing vibrations (add padding and you can expect even greater sound absorption
  • MOST carpets are treated to be stain resistant or are made of naturally stain resistant fibers, making it easier to clean and maintain 
  • Carpet helps improve indoor air quality and is one of the best flooring options for those who suffer from household allergens and asthma  

Types of Carpet Fibers

Nylon

Nylon is a synthetic fiber that is very strong, able to withstand more wear and abrasion than most other fibers.

Nylon provides excellent color retention, keeping the dyed fibers from losing their original color. If treated with a stain protectant, nylon carpet can be one of the most stain-resistant options available.  

Durability: Nylon carpet ranks among the highest for its ability to resist stains and retain color. When considering nylon carpet for stain resistance, pay attention to the dye method. Yarn fibers that are Solution Dyed will make the best nylon carpet in the long run for holding color and resisting stains. However, while nylon carpet is great for durability retaining color and form, it comes with a higher price tag than other synthetic fibers. 

Nylon carpet is an excellent choice for homeowners with children or pets, looking to get more wear out of their carpet where you pay for the best results. When you choose to buy Nylon carpet for your home, you are making a smart investment into the longevity of your floor.

Tip: Read more about carpet and pets in our article, Carpet Tiles & Pets? Why All Pet Owners Should Rethink Carpet.

Commercial & Hospitality Nylon Carpet: While Nylon carpet makes up most of the residential carpet market, it has a strong history in the commercial and hospitality marketplace as well. It should come as no surprise that Nylon is one of the most common fibers seen in commercial and hospitality carpet due to durability and performance. Nylon carpet tiles are an excellent choice for high traffic areas such as commercial spaces including conference rooms, hall ways, and waiting rooms that all need strong performance when it comes to standing up to higher traffic. Carpet tiles have been breaking through the hospitality industry as well due to the ease of replacement to keep up with cleanliness ensuring the best possible guest experience at an affordable cost.

Cleaning: The strong yarn fibers that make up Nylon carpet make cleaning easy and manageable. Nylon carpet and carpet tiles can be easily cleaned by spot repairs and hot water extraction (steam cleaning). Nylon is naturally absorbent, which allows liquids on the fibers to be removed, preventing spills from leaking into the carpet backing which can be even more damaging to the carpet than the stain itself.


Fun Fact: Solution Dyed nylon carpet fibers are not harmed by bleach. 

Budget: While Nylon carpet is an excellent choice for durability, it does come at a higher price tag. A great way to make your budget go further with Nylon carpet is to consider using Nylon carpet tiles. Whether you are looking for carpet for your residential, commercial, or hospitality space, Nylon carpet tiles are offered in a variety of styles and colors at most online and brick and mortar retail stores. 
 
View EZ Carpet's most recent Nylon Carpet Tile, Contrast.

Polyester

Polyester carpet is another well known floor covering in the synthetic fiber category ranking just below nylon. Known for its ability to provide plush and vibrant looks, polyester carpet is a great choice for homeowners and renters for a few reasons.

 Benefits of Polyester Carpet

  • Low price point
  • Eco-friendly options available made from recycled materials
  • Soft texture provide great plush options
  • Naturally water-resistant

Durability: Polyester carpet will work best in low foot traffic areas such as bedrooms and basements. Installing polyester carpet in high traffic areas could result in significant signs of wear including pile flattening within the first few years of use.

Tip: You can help increase the life of your polyester carpet by investing in a quality carpet pad or carpet tile with an attached cushion to absorb some of the foot traffic impact.

Polyester fibers are oil based, providing a high resistance to water which helps prevent mold and mildew growth. As with other oil-based fibers, polyester carpet is an excellent naturally stain resistant fiber. However, polyester does not do well with other oil liquids and will not do well to prevent staining. 

Cleaning: For best results, polyester carpet (especially cut pile polyester) should be vacuumed regularly, it is suggested to vacuum two times per week and even more frequently for areas with more use. Polyester carpet can be spot cleaned or cleaned by a professional with a steaming system. 

Budget: Polyester carpet is a great low cost floor covering option that you should consider for low traffic areas such as bedrooms, living areas, and basements. For even greater savings on polyester carpet, there are many great polyester carpet tile options available that allow you to cut down on time, maintenance, and even more down the road with repairs. 

See why EZ Carpet’s polyester plush carpet tiles are rated so high today for installation and maintenance by viewing real customer testimonials.

 

Polypropylene / Olefin:

Historically popular in the commercial market, polypropylene carpet is known in the synthetic fiber category for durability, stain resistance, and affordability. Polypropylene, also known as Olefin Carpet, has been growing exponentially in the residential flooring category and is even known to be used as a substitute for wool. 


Durability: Polypropylene is an oil based fiber, resulting in carpet that offers exceptional stain resistance and moisture resistance by repelling liquids from soaking into the fibers and carpet backing. 


To get the most value out of polypropylene carpet, consider options in loop styles (constructions) as this will greatly increase the performance and longevity of the carpet. As a bonus for performance and durability, choose polypropylene carpet that is highly dense. Carpet density is measured by how close the yarn fibers are tufted into the carpet, the lower the gap between the tufts, the greater the carpet’s ability to withstand higher foot traffic and limit signs of wear.

Cleaning: Polypropylene carpet can be spot cleaned or steam cleaned by a professional. Stains and liquids should be removed from the carpet as soon as possible for best results.  

Tips: Olefin is naturally resistant to mold, making it a great choice for below grade areas such as basements

Solution dyed olefins are your best option for affordable stain resistant carpeting because the complete yarn dye, limiting stains from attaching to yarn fibers

Budget: Polypropylene (Olefin) carpet is significantly lower in price than other carpet fibers, making it a great choice for inexpensive home or business remodels for medium to low traffic areas. Polypropylene carpet tiles offer even greater durability and wear resistance beyond wall to wall carpeting giving residential and commercial projects huge savings in installation, maintenance, and repairs.

While Nylon, Polyester, and Polypropylene are the most commonly used fibers in carpet. Carpet can also be made from natural fibers such as wool, cotton, and silk. However, because the natural fibers are more expensive and much weaker, they are most commonly used in area rugs rather than broadloom and carpet tile.

Still unsure which type of carpet is best for you? Give our team at EZ Carpet a call today. We can help provide the best guidance on which of our carpet tiles can best fit your needs.

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