Which carpet fiber is the right fit for my home?
Look and feel are two of the biggest factors when choosing a carpet but carpet fibers are another important feature that needs to be considered. It is essential to pick a carpet fiber that meets your individual needs and fits with your lifestyle. Carpet fibers are the individual strands that construct the carpet. Fibers can be spun together to create two, three, or four ply yarn which is then attached to a woven backing. The majority of carpets sold in North America feature one of four major fibers: nylon, polyester, triexta, and wool.
Nylon is the most popular carpet fiber for a variety of reasons. Nylon carpet is resilient and is the least likely to mat down over time compared to all other carpet fibers. Nylon offers diverse options in both color and style. However nylon is not inherently stain resistant so it must be treated during manufacturing. This process makes nylon a more expensive option. It is largely considered the all around best performer.
Polyester is inherently stain resistant and can produce some of the most vibrant carpet colors and shades. Polyester is fade resistant so it is a great option for sunny spots. It is typically a more affordable option. Its downside is that it is not as durable as nylon so it is more susceptible to wear and tear.
Triexta is the newest of the carpet fibers. Triexta was previously categorized as a polyester because of its very similar chemical composition. However triexta is more durable than polyester but still has all of the features of polyester that make it so popular like polyester’s stain resistance. It is considered to be the best of both worlds.
Wool is a tried and true, classic carpet fiber. It is all natural and non-synthetic. Because wool is sourced from nature it is considered a “green” flooring option. Wool fibers create a rich look and feel to carpets. Wool is one of the oldest used carpet fibers because it is naturally stain resistant and easy to clean. Be aware that wool can hold up to ten times its weight in water, so be careful when cleaning and consider a different fiber for moisture prone areas. A downside to wool is that it is more susceptible to wearing down, occasionally leading to bald spots in high traffic areas. Wool is the most expensive carpet fiber.