You can really express yourself when selecting your new carpet. You can get that soft, traditional plush that’s so comfortable as you step out of bed each morning or that sleek, contemporary pattern that creates an elegant foundation of rich design in your home. Here are some pertinent facts to consider when choosing your carpet.
There are four basic fibers that are used to manufacture carpets today, and they all have unique qualities and strengths. Better still, they all make excellent carpets. Ultimately, your choice should be determined by the characteristics that are most important to you and your home.Although some carpets are made of blends, most are made entirely of one of the following four fibers.
Nylon Carpet Fibers
In overall performance characteristics, nylon is the most versatile of all fibers, providing excellent durability and flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles. Nylon is the most commonly used carpet fiber and can be found in a wide range of both cut pile and loop pile styles. Nylon also has great color flexibility and uniformity, and many nylon yarn systems are exceptionally soft. Though not inherently stain resistant, most carpets made with nylon feature a stain-resist carpet treatment for protection against household spills and stains.
Polyester (PET) Carpet Fibers
Polyester offers exceptional softness and color clarity, and is also naturally stain and fade resistant. Although polyester is not as inherently strong and durable as nylon, carpets made of polyester fiber still perform very well. Polyester styles are good choices for low - to medium - traffic settings such as bedrooms and represent great value for your home.
Polypropylene (Olefin) Carpet Fibers
Unlike other fiber types, polypropylene will not absorb water, so it is solution dyed. Solution dyeing is a process in which color is actually built into the fiber when it is formed making the color an inherent part that cannot be removed from the fiber. This means the color will not fade, even when exposed to intense sunlight, bleaches, atmospheric contaminants, or other harsh chemicals or elements.
Polypropylene is normally used in loop pile construction in which there is less need for resiliency because it is not as strong as other fibers.
PTT (Triexta Polyester) Carpet Fibers
PTT (Polytrimethylene Terephthalate) is a polyester fiber, first patented in 1941, but it was not until the 1990s, when Shell Chemicals developed a low-cost method of producing high-quality 1,3-propanediol (PDO), the starting raw material for PTT polyester, that commercial production of the company’s Corterra polymers was possible. PTT features good resiliency and excellent inherent stain resistance. Recently, some manufacturers have begun applying a topical treatment to PTT carpets. While adequate for staining, PTT still attracts dry and oily soil substances, leading to premature wear in high traffic areas. For this reason, many oil-based stains are extremely difficult to remove.
The carpet padding you choose is just as important as the carpet itself. Choose luscious, soft carpet padding to minimize noise, maximize warmth, prioritize your family’s comfort and extend the life of your floor.
Why Carpet Padding?
Carpet padding, or cushion, is the unseen comfort that makes your carpet look and feel great. Carpet pad supports the floor by minimizing noise and maximizing warmth and can even extend the life of your carpet.
Benefits of padding:
- Supports your carpet, helping it last longer
- Gives your carpet a richer, thicker, softer feel
- Brings warmth and quiet to your home by absorbing sound
- Increases insulation, making your space more energy efficient
- Keeps your carpet cleaner, allowing greater air flow and dirt removal during vacuuming
We know carpet. And we know how to add life to your carpet with padding. Our Premium, Preferred and Value options add comfort, support and durability to your carpet so you will love your floor even more.