Carpet, what’s not to love?  It’s soft underfoot, giving a feeling of comfort and warmth.  It works as a heat insulator for your home; making it a cost-effective, energy conserving investment.  Plus, you can customize it to fit your personal style from color and pattern, velvety to plush, and casual to elegant.  With so many fiber types to choose from, what is the best for you?  There are a few questions to ask yourself when picking carpet for your living space.  You need to consider how often the room will be used and who will be in the space.  Is it a master bedroom, busy family room, or lavish dining room?  Do you have children or pets that will have access to the area?  High traffic areas require a more durable and stain-resistant carpet that will hold up to frequent use and potential spills or pet accidents.  Guest rooms and formal living or dining rooms that may not see as much action, can have a more luxurious or decorative carpet.  Do you need a more budget friendly option or long-lasting necessity?  Here are the most common types of carpet fibers to help determine the best fit for your needs.

  • Nylon – Nylon is the most durable and most common fiber type. There are many styles and colors to choose from.  Nylon typically has a higher price point because of its resilience and ability to hold up the best to heavy traffic and daily use.  It resists soil and mildew and is non-allergenic.  It’s stain-resistance and versatility makes this fiber a perfect fit for busy active households with long-lasting durability.
  • Polyester – Polyester fiber is commonly made from recycled plastic material (PET) making it an environmentally friendly option. It is a soft fiber with more color variations than nylon but not as resilient.  It is budget friendly, especially if in low traffic areas or short-term needs.  It has exceptional stain-resistance, repels liquids, and cleans easily.  Making this a great option for bedrooms, areas prone to spills or pet accidents, and rental properties.
  • Triexta – Triexta is a newer carpet fiber made with renewable raw plant material, usually corn glucose (PTT). The same material used in making dry-fit athletic wear.  This fiber is a close second to the resilience of nylon and stain-resistance of polyester and falls in the middle of the 2 price ranges.   It holds up well to daily use in kid’s rooms and families with pets.  The warranties for Triexta are usually one of the best around.
  • Wool – Wool is one of the most lush and upscale carpet fiber options available. It’s natural durability, safety, and insulating properties make wool one of the more high-end valuable carpets offered.  It’s fire retardant, hypoallergenic, has the ability to resist stains and static, and inhibits the growth of bacteria and dust mites.  It is opaque fiber that resists soil and cleans well.  Wool is a great investment carpet and will last for years but may not be ideal for high-traffic busy families.
  • Olefin – Olefin is a glossy synthetic fiber, polypropylene. It is resilient to moisture, water damage, mildew, staining, shedding, pilling, and static.  With all that said, this carpet usually comes in a looped berber pattern and is primarily used outdoors or in commercial spaces.  It is also a great option in handicapped areas.

Let us Exceed Your Expectations by assisting you with your new carpet!  Feel free to stop by our showroom to explore the different fibers in person.  If you are still unsure of what carpet may best suit your needs, one of our sales representatives would be more than happy to go over the best options for your individual needs.

Let us Exceed Your Expectations by assisting you with your renovation!  Feel free to stop by our showroom to explore the different options in person. If you are still unsure of what flooring may best suit your needs, one of our sales representatives would be more than happy to go over the best options for your individual needs.

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From our showroom to your home or business, choose Southern Floor Company for new carpet or laminate, LVP, hardwood, or tile flooring. We also offer kitchen backsplashes, transition designs, custom bathrooms, and artificial turf.

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