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Deciding on a style of flooring can be a daunting task. Many people choose carpet thanks to its durability and affordable price. Once you’ve settled on a particular type of floor for your Birmingham area home, there are still quite a few decisions you’ll need to make. One big thing to consider with carpet flooring is the material you would like to use. Today our experts at Floor Coverings International Birmingham want to talk about two of the most popular carpet materials: polyester and nylon.

 

Polyester

 

Benefits

This synthetic carpet material is known most for its impressive stain resistance. It is especially resistant to water-based stains. It is also good at resisting bleaching and fading over time. Though polyester is not inherently very good at standing up to lots of foot traffic, if you choose a medium or high-density carpet the material is actually quite good at maintaining its shape. Polyester is also a very affordable option compared to natural materials like wool and very popular materials like nylon.

 

Drawbacks

Polyester carpet is particularly difficult to dye, so the color options can be fairly limited. Despite the ability of some styles to resist damage from traffic, polyester is known to mat down after some time and it won’t spring back up like some other carpet materials.

 

Takeaway: If you are looking for a carpet that’s very good at resisting stains and won’t cost too much, polyester might be the perfect option for you.

 

Nylon

 

Benefits

Unlike polyester, nylon is very easy to dye and manipulate, so you can find nylon carpets in virtually any style. Nylon is the most popular carpet material available today, and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s highly resilient, it holds twists and other fiber designs well, it’s usually treated with a stain-resistant coating and it hides soil well. Nylon is a great carpet option for high traffic areas thanks to these many durable benefits.

 

Drawbacks

Nylon can be a bit more expensive than other carpet options. It also off-gasses like most synthetic carpet materials, and it can have issues with bleaching and fading.

 

Takeway: If you’re willing to pay a bit more for your carpet and are looking for a flooring that will last for years, nylon is the way to go.

 

Give us a call at Floor Coverings International Birmingham today to learn more about carpet materials. We offer free, in-home consultations to the greater Birmingham area.

 

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