Carpet flooring in Woodbridge, VA from First American Carpet & Floors

Nylon vs. polyester: what is the difference?

The type of fiber is one of the more significant factors considered when making a carpet flooring purchase. A carpet may fit into your budget and be the right style for your decor. But you also want to make sure that it will perform well in the space that you're upgrading, too. First American Carpet & Floors provides a selection of carpet in Stafford and Woodbridge, Virginia. Our two showrooms are staffed with knowledgeable project specialists who can help you find the best brand for your home.

Fiber facts

Nylon is the fiber that homeowners most commonly choose. However, this option is more costly than other synthetic carpets because nylon is the most expensive fiber to produce. In addition, the fiber absorbs liquid, and therefore, it must be treated for stain resistance. Polyester, on the other hand, is a hydrophobic fiber. This means that the naturally stain-resistant fiber repels liquids. As a result, nylon carpets tend to come in matte colors, while softer polyester carpeting is vibrantly colored.

Appropriate space

Nylon is known for its durability, and polyester is most prized for its lustrous colors. So while nylon is ideal for areas with high foot traffic, less resilient polyester is best for bedrooms and other spaces with less activity. Resilient carpeting resists crushing and matting, and it bounces back after foot or furniture compression. Nylon and polyester are easy to clean, and thus, both fibers are pet-friendly. Polyester is more susceptible to fading from direct sunlight, but it has lower static electricity than nylon.

First American Carpet & Floors' installation team begins each carpet flooring project with free in-home measurement. In addition, our carpet flooring store offers a convenient shop at home service and other services that include design consultation and area rug binding. We serve the Stafford and Prince William County, Triangle, Fredericksburg, Lorton, Manassas, Dumfries, and Lake Ridge. We are experienced professionals who have been satisfying residents' flooring needs for many years.