Shopping for carpet goes deeper than just looking for the right color. Carpet selections include the fiber or material used in the carpet, the style of carpet and specific stain resistance you may need.
Nylon offers the most durability and stain resistance of all the carpet fibers. It’s the natural choice for homes with children and pets or a high amount of traffic. It’s non-allergenic and resists mold and mildew. It’s also really easy to clean. The one downside to nylon fibers is its tendency to pill and be prone to static.
Polyester carpet is one of the most stain resistant carpets but is not quite as durable as fiber. It’s also non-allergenic and resistant to mold and mildew. It’s still an excellent choice for areas with normal traffic.
Polypropylene or Olefin is dyed before it is made into a fiber which makes it colorfast. It offers beautiful colors but is less durable than nylon or polyester. It was originally created for outdoor use due to its resistance to moisture, mildew, pilling and static.
Wool carpet is long lasting and durable but not inherently stain resistant.
Acrylic is much like wool at a more economical price. It has a higher tendency to shed and become fuzzy, which makes it a less popular choice than nylon and polyester.
Also known as Berber carpet, this style features tight, uncut loops of fiber. Loop carpet is known for being highly stain resistant although it’s not a good choice for homes with pets because their claws can snag on the loops.
Frieze and shag carpets fall into the cut carpet category. These fibers are cut on the ends and offer a very soft, comfortable floor for bedrooms and family rooms. Cut carpets come in a variety of twists and textures which can affect the durability of the carpet.
Patterned, or cut loop, carpets offer high tufts of cut fiber and low, tight loops combined to create a sculptured pattern within the carpet.
Fibers in plush carpets are cut much like a frieze or shag but do not have a twist to the fiber. This style may also be known as a velvet carpet due to its smooth appearance. The carpet does show footprints, vacuum marks and seams and is usually reserved for more formal areas of the home.
Many choices in fibers and styles, not to mention colors, means we have a carpet for every lifestyle and room.