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Types of Carpet

At Deaton’s Carpet One Floor & Home, we are your local resource for all things carpet flooring. When it is time to replace the carpet in your home, our flooring professionals are here to help guide you in the right direction. The different types of carpet fibers can have an impact on how a carpet with perform and function in your home, and can also have an influence on the style of the carpet. Apart from choosing a carpet color, you’ll want to consider the different types of fibers what are used.

Types of fibers used in carpets include nylon, polyester, triexta, olefin/polypropylene, and wool.

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Types of Carpet Fibers

Nylon is most popular compared to other synthetic fibers such as polyester. The benefits of nylon include top quality performance, and that is looks better for longer. One thing you should 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 fill in the dye sites.

Polyester costs less compared to nylon, but may not be as durable as other options. New technology is changing the chemistry of polyester, making it more durable than ever.

Olefin/polypropylene should be installed in residential areas in low traffic spaces, and is best for families who are not very active in the home. The best construction is a loop construction and can be used in more trafficked areas around the home. These types of carpets are more decorative than they are functional.

Wool is a natural and durable fiber, and is a “green” option. Wool is hypoallergenic, and allergy friendly. Wool traps allergens and stops them from floating into the breathing zone.

Triexta is a cousin to polyester. It is inherently stain resistant, and does not need to be treated. Many embrace triexta as equal to nylon.

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