What is the Difference Between Nylon and Polyester Carpet Fibers?

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Nylon and Polyester Carpet Fibers

One of the important decisions in shopping for carpet is the fiber, nylon or polyester.  Nylon is a popular option because it is durable, resilient when trod upon even in high-traffic areas, and hides dirt well.  Polyester fibers       are typically vibrant in color and resist fading over time better than nylon.  In recent years, polyester is also the greener choice for carpets, with a portion of the rug made from recycled items.

A Nashua, NH homeowner recently stopped by the Cardoza Flooring showroom.  She was looking for a new bedroom carpet and wanted to better understand the difference in carpet fibers before making her decision.

For a Durable Carpet Fiber for High-Traffic Areas, Nylon Can’t Be Beat

Nylon fibers account for the majority of carpets sold in the United States.  While this material is pricier than its polyester counterpart, it is durable and a great option for high-traffic areas.  Despite heavy foot traffic, nylon fibers have more resiliency and are able to bounce back into position.  When dirt is trapped in the carpet fibers, it has the ability to hide the dirt, leaving the floor still looking good.

Polyester Fibers Offer Vibrant Colors that are Resistant to Fading

Polyester carpet is a more budget-friendly option for carpets.  While not as durable or resilient as nylon, polyester comes in a wide array of vibrant colors.  These colors are not prone to fading over time with polyester carpeting.  This fade-resistance is a nice feature when choosing darker carpet colors.

The homeowner in Nashua had young children and pets in the home, so she opted for the durability of nylon carpeting.  Her new carpet was purchase and installed by Cardoza Flooring and she couldn’t be happier.