What are the Different Types of Carpet?

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Carpet features unmatched comfort and style that no other flooring has been able to replicate. Carpet is made from fibers, and those fibers can be sourced from several different materials. Fibers can impact how a carpet will perform in your home. These fibers also impact the style of the carpet and how it will look in your home. Finding your new carpet is more than just choosing a color, you’ll also need to consider how you want your new carpet to function in your home.

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

Types of Carpet Fibers

Nylon is one of the most popular synthetic carpet fibers. Nylon features high performance and long-lasting durability. This carpet fiber can also be treated to be stain resistant. 

is a less expensive synthetic fiber compared to nylon. As technology continues to advance, this fiber is becoming stronger and more durable.

Olefin/polypropylene is best for low traffic areas like dining rooms or formal rooms. These types of carpets feature more decorative patterns and are design to be looked at rather than be lived on. 

is a sustainable and natural fiber. Wool is considered a hypoallergenic option because it traps allergens and stops them from floating into the breathing zone. 

is a cousin to polyester. It is inherently stain resistant, and unlike nylon fibers it does not need to be treated in order to be stain resistant. Many embrace triexta as an equal option to nylon.Link to ‘types of carpet’ on carpet guide.

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