Types of Carpeting Pros and Cons

Flooring is one of the biggest decisions to a homeowner, as it enhances beauty of the surroundings and adds value to your property. There’s a lot to think about to ensure you get the right flooring for your setting, especially with kids. With all the various flooring options, carpet flooring is the healthiest option that can really imbue a room with great luxury of your home, as some love warmth touch from your floor in the morning. Some love the softness of carpet, the way it muffles footsteps, also protects when your kids tumble. Hence, Good carpeting can add warmth and color to a room and style to your home. With regular cleaning it will keep its beauty and durability for many years.

There are many different types of fiber used to make carpet with their own pros and cons:carpet-fibers

  1. Nylon
  2. Polyester
  3. Olefin
  4. Wool.

NylonNylon is one of the best carpet options for use in the home. Known for its durability, and can be placed anywhere in the house or even in some outdoor environments.
In a nutshell, we can summarize the benefits of Nylon carpets-

  • Strong Fiber
  • Resistance to ducts, mold and mildew
  • Long life
  • Value for money

Nylon Pros:

Good Elasticity: Nylon stretches up to 33% of its length and regains its original shape. One benefit is that Nylon is durable under most traffic levels where furniture may be dragged across the carpet.
Durability:Nylon is highly durable in nature and resilient flooring option and can withstand at high- traffic areas. It bounces back to its original shape once it gets crushed.
Abrasion Resistant: Nylon shows high abrasion resistance.

Nylon Cons:

  • Nylon is easy to dye, also easy to stain. So, it can have problems with bleaching, fading and urine reactions etc. 
  • Greases and oils will also stain your carpet.

Polyester: Polyester remains a popular choice in carpet fiber due to its lustrous look, high level of stain resistance. Polyester is considered to be as a kid and pet friendly carpet fiber due to its natural resistance. It is less expensive than Nylon, since most polyester carpet fibers are made using recycled plastics.

Polyester Pros:

  • Polyester is relatively economical and extremely stain- resistant than other fiber counterparts. These carpets are incredibly fade resistant. Polyester fiber carpets are comfortable under the feet and hardly ever get scratches and resists to mildew. 
  • Low absorbency
  • Quick drying.

Polyester Cons:

  • It won’t last for long under dense foot traffic. 
  • Once scantily crushed, it will not “bounce back” like Nylon does.
  • Oil based spills are more difficult to remove.

Olefin: Olefin is a vastly versatile carpet fiber also called as “Polypropylene” used in carpet backings and even Astroturf.

Olefin Pros:

  • Chemical Resistant: Most of the chemicals and bleaches will not damage Olefin material at all. 
  • Olefin is extremely moisture and stain resistant.
  • Great for outdoor applications.
  • Fade resistant.
  • It has good cleanability and stain release.

Olefin Cons:

  • It is extremely heat sensitive fiber.
  • Like polyester, extended exposure to oil- based soils may become permanent.
  • Olefin is not a resilient fiber; if it gets crushed it will not regain its original shape easily. 
  • Over wetting and/ or slow drying increases the possibility of the damage.

Wool: Cost might be one factor but regardless of the reason, wool is certainly most luxurious of all the carpet types. It is chemically made up of standard organic elements including sulfur, which accounts for the wool smell when it gets damped. One of the huge benefits of wool is that it always maintains good fiber heights and a luxurious feel under foot.

Wool Pros:

  • Environmentally friendly: Wool is a natural fiber, shorn from the coats of sheep. It is Eco-friendly flooring and recyclable as well. It also takes less energy to produce than synthetic carpets. 
  • Resists Compaction: If it gets crushed it will bounce back and retains to its actual shape.
  • Flame retardant: Wool is naturally flame retardant and self- extinguishes. 
  • Great for indoor applications.

Wool Cons:

  • Can be damaged by alkaline substances: Highly alkaline substances like certain detergents, household cleaners and soaps may damage the wool fibers and mar the carpet. 
  • Wool is food for Pests like Moths: Moths and carpet beetles feed on wool and damage the carpet. 
  • More Expensive: Wool tends to be slightly more expensive as it is not as plentiful. 
  • Stain easily: Due to its absorbency and ease of dyeing, wool can be stained easily by wine and other acid dye stuffs.
Types of Carpeting Pros and Cons was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by Jason Valasek

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