While nylon is the most common synthetic carpet material, polyester is another option that Bozeman homeowners can consider for their next carpeted space. Compared to nylon, polyester is a more affordable material, but it is also less durable. Learn more about this option from the experts at Floor Coverings International Bozeman to see if it is the right choice for your home.
Types of Polyester
Polyester commonly refers to the material called polyethylene terephthalate (PET), but more recently—since 2001—another polyester material, known as triextra has entered into the market. Triextra polyester is made with a different polymer called polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT). While it is helpful to know the difference between these two materials, PET is the most widely used material when making polyester carpeting.
Both PET and PTT carpet fibers offer excellent stain resistance. However, PTT has a tendency to attract oily substances. This makes oil-based stains extremely difficult to remove from PTT carpeting. Also, the accumulation of oil leads to soiling. Because of this, PTT carpeting is only recommended for low-traffic areas.
Benefits of Polyester
Polyester colors have a brighter sheen compared to nylon, which has more of a dull, matte finish. This can be a desired look for low to medium traffic areas, where polyester carpeting performs best. This fiber type also has a natural resistance to staining and fading. And while nylon is inherently stronger and more durable, this is somewhat dependent on other factors including carpet density and level of twist in the fiber.
Drawbacks of Polyester
The main drawbacks of polyester are its lower durability and resiliency when compared to nylon. Resiliency refers to the fiber’s ability to spring back after compression from things like footprints or furniture legs. Because nylon outperforms in these areas, it is manufactured with more pattern options than polyester. Also, because of these traits, nylon is longer lasting than polyester. So while polyester is cheaper upfront, nylon will save you money in the long run.
Polyester is naturally stain resistant, but it is not naturally soil resistant. Staining occurs when foreign coloring seeps into the fiber, whereas soiling occurs when a residue is left on top of the carpet fiber. This residue attracts dirt and grime, often leaving an appearance similar to staining. However, in the same way nylon is chemically treated to make it both soil and stain resistant, polyester can also be treated to give it soil resistance.
Your Local Bozeman Carpet Experts
For more assistance selecting the right carpet product for your Bozeman home, give the experts at Floor Coverings International Bozeman a call. We offer complimentary, in-home consultations and estimates where our design associates listen to your plans for the space and help you decide on the best product. Using our mobile showroom, we bring hundreds of carpet samples straight to you.
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