Types of Carpet

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What Are the Types of Carpet?

At Chilliwack Carpet One Floor & Home, we are your local resource for all things carpet. We use a unique system that is exclusive to us where we can narrow down your carpet selection by lifestyle and personal style. Carpet fibres are made from several different materials and can have an impact on how a carpet will perform and function in your home, these attributes can even affect the style of the carpet. Choosing a new carpet for your home is more than just finding the right colour, it is also about the type of fibre that would perform best in your home.

The most popular types of fibres used in carpets are nylon, polyester, triexta, olefin/polypropylene, and wool.

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Types of Carpet Fibres

Nylon is a popular choice in carpet compared to other synthetic fibres such as polyester. The benefits of nylon include top quality performance and that it keeps its look 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 fibre needs to be coated in a stain resistant treatment so stains will not fill in the dye sites.

Polyester comparatively costs less than nylon carpets, but is a less durable option in some cases. New technology is changing the chemistry of polyester, however, making it more durable than what homeowners have become used to.

Olefin/polypropylene is best for families who are not very active in the home, and is more for residential settings. These types of carpets feature more decorative patterns and are design to be looked at rather than be lived on.

Wool is one of few natural fibres and is considered a green flooring option. Wool is considered a hypoallergenic option due to its ability to trap allergens and stop them from floating into the breathing zone.

Triexta is a cousin to polyester. It is inherently stain resistant, and unlike nylon fibres it does not need to be treated in order to be stain resistant. Triexta can be seen as an equal to nylon in terms of durability and stain resistance.

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