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Carpet is one of the most popular types of flooring available due to the fact it is soft, pretty, and affordable. When shopping for carpet, however, it’s important to remember that not all kinds of carpet are created the same. In fact, there are many types of carpet to choose from.

Gateway Design and Home in Loveland offers the best flooring options for your home or business, from ceramic tile and vinyl floor tiles to laminate wood flooring and carpeting. We offer one-on-one design consultations to help you decide on which flooring option will suit your needs. In this blog post, we’ll review the different types of carpet. Contact us today to get started!

DIFFERENT TYPES OF CARPET FIBERS

Carpet is usually made from either synthetic or natural fibers or a combination of the two, each with its own unique characteristics and feel.

Nylon

By far the most popular type of carpet fibers, nylon carpet is durable and extremely resistant to wear and tear. However, it can be easily stained.

Polyester

Polyester comes in many different colors and is non-allergenic. This type of carpet is often made from plastic bottles, making it environmentally friendly. However, it flattens easily, which means it might not last as long as other carpets.

Olefin

Also known as polypropylene, olefin is soft and similar to wool. In fact, it is often used as a substitute for wool and is used in a combination of wool and synthetic carpets. Olefin is a type of carpet fiber that is very thin and is often found in basements and the outdoors. It’s resistant to moisture, mold, and mildew, and it has many advantages over nylon. However, because it’s not as plush as some of the other carpet fibers, it’s not as comfortable to walk on, which is why it is popular in less-used areas.

Wool

Wool is the only type of carpet fiber that is natural. If you love wool sweaters, then you’ll love wool carpets. It’s cushioned and  soft to walk on. Wool, like your wool sweaters, is extremely durable, resistant to all sorts of stains, and eco-friendly. It is also extremely long-lasting and the softest carpet fiber you can buy. As such, you can expect to pay a premium for wool carpets. Wool is often combined with synthetic carpet fibers to get the best of both worlds.

HOW TO CHOOSE WHICH CARPET FIBER IS FOR YOU

Traffic

Traffic and use will be the most important consideration when choosing which type of carpet fiber for the area. If you are choosing carpet for a high-traffic area, then you’ll want one that can withstand constant wear and tear. If you are choosing carpet for your living room, then you may want a softer carpet style. How much your room is used will also affect what color you choose. While white carpet is beautiful, you probably don’t want white carpets in a high-traffic area.

Location

If you are installing carpet in a kids’ room, then you will want something that is highly stain resistant, since kids tend to spill, as well as something that is soft, since kids often play on the floor. If you are installing carpet in your business with a lot of traffic from employees and customers, we advice that you choose a low-level carpet that is dark in color to hide the dirt that will likely trekked in and out.

Environmental Impact

Carpet in general can be high in VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. VOCs cause poor indoor air quality and can actually cause or exacerbate health conditions, such as asthma and allergies. This is one reason to choose wool or other organic materials for your carpet choice. Also, synthetic carpets just end up in the landfill for the most part when they are replaced. By choosing a natural fiber, you are helping to protect this planet and reduce your carbon footprint.

HOW GATEWAY DESIGN AND HOME CAN HELP

Gateway Design and Home in Loveland believes in offering you options for your flooring. Every person is unique and has different needs for their space. When you schedule a one-on-one free consultation with us, we can help you narrow down your selections and give you expert advice on the pros and cons of each. Whether you are looking at carpet installation or hardwood flooring options, we can help. Contact us today to get started!