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Carpet Fibers: Nylon vs Polyester

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Carpet

  • fiber
  • construction
  • density
  • what cleans best?
  • what wears best?
  • allergies

carpet and allergies

Wood

  • is engineered real wood?
  • gapping?
  • acclimation?
  • exotics?
  • hardness scale?

Tile

  • ceramic
  • porcelain
  • natural

Vinyl

  • loose lay
  • full spread

Cork

  • glue down
  • floating
  • how does it wear?

Laminate

  • what is it?
  • underlayment

Installation

  • waste
  • how long does it take

Claims

  • independent inspections
  • visible seams
  • sidematch
  • missing tufts
  • high rows, low rows
  • streaking

Shipping

  • how long does it take?
  • how much does shipping cost

Pricing

  • square foot or square yard pricing?

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Carpet FIBERS

NYLON

Nylon has been the most commonly used carpet fiber since the early 1960's. In overall performance characteristics, nylon is the most versatile of all fibers, providing excellent flexibility in creating a variety of carpet styles. Nylon can be found in a wide range of both cut pile and loop pile styles. It is durable, resilient, and receptive to dyeing for color versatility and uniformity; many new nylon yarn systems are also exceptionally soft. Though not inherently stain resistant, most nylon carpets feature a stain-resist carpet treatment for protection against household spills and stains.

POLYESTER

Polyester offers exceptional softness and color clarity, and it is also naturally stain and fade resistant. While polyester is not as inherently resilient as nylon, carpets made of polyester fiber will perform well if appropriately constructed. Thanks to technological advances in yarn processing and improved carpet construction techniques, polyester's purported weakness as a high-performance fiber has been largely overcome. When properly twisted and tufted, today's polyester yarns perform much better than in years past.

WOOL CARPET FIBER

Natural, Soft, and the best wearing carpet fiber of all. Wool Fiber is easy to clean and will also help maintain moisture levels (humidity) within the house.

OLEFIN CARPET FIBER

Unlike other fiber types, polypropylene will not absorb water and must therefore be solution dyed (pigmented) to impart color. Solution dyeing is a pigmentation process in which color is actually built into the fiber when it is formed, or extruded, thereby becoming an inherent part that cannot be removed from the fiber. The color will not fade, even when exposed to intense sunlight, bleaches, atmospheric contaminants, or other harsh chemicals or elements. However, since it is not as resilient as other fibers, polypropylene is normally used in loop pile constructions in which there is less need for superior resiliency.

TRIEXTA / SMARTSTAND

PTT (Polytrimethylene Terephthalate - Triexta) is a polyester fiber, first patented in 1941, but it was not until the 1990's, when Shell Chemicals developed a low-cost method of producing high-quality 1,3-propanediol (PDO), the starting raw material for PTT, that commercial production of the company's Corterra polymers was possible. Shaw introduced the first BCF PTT (Corterra) residential carpet in the United States in 2001.However, due to technical issues, PTT cannot be treated with a stain and soil resistance system, and the yarn's lack of repellency can make cleanup of spills difficult. Many oil-based stains are extremely difficult to remove.

Construction

Berber (Loop Pile Carpet)

When the loops remain uncut, you create a loop pile carpet.

Cut Pile Carpet ( Texture Carpet)

When the loops are cut, you create a flat surface textured carpet. Ideal construction.

Patterned Loop Carpet

When the loops remain uncut and the loops have multiple heights, the result is a patterned loop carpet.

Cut & Loop (Level Cut Loop)

When cuts and loops are combined, you can create a wide range of patterns.

Carpet Density

How tightly carpet fibers or yarn is packed together and bound into the carpet backing. Higher density affects the appearance of the carpet and provides greater comfort and luxury underfoot.
Whatt carpetcleans best?cleans best?
1.  Carpets with inherent stain values, such as solution dyed products. Also, Carpet with extremely reliable topical treatments, such as Shaw's R2X.
2.  Carpets with a very dense textured construction that creats a flat surface for spills, dirt, and allergens to settle upon, making those problems easier to remove.
What carpet wears the best?
Density trumps everything. The first thing we recommend is a highly dense, nylon carpet with a "textured cut-pile" construction.
Carpet Allergies
In a recent study it was shown that carpet trapped allergens to a greater extent than hardsurface floors, resulting in fewer particles escaping into the air. Allergens trapped by carpet did not return to the carpet's surface or the air, even when the carpet was disturbed by walking or other similar activities. Furthermore, effective carpet cleaning - such as vacuuming with a high efficiency filter and hot water extraction reduced both surface allergens and airborne particle counts, maintaining indoor air quality.

Wood

is engineered real wood?
Yes. In most cases the entire product is comprised of layers of wood. Shaw's Epic series uses a proprietry pressed fiber core for added benefit, as an example of an alternative to this. In almost all cases, the wood may be refinished, or at the very least undergo a "maintenance coat. Engineered wood is produced with three to five layers of hardwood. Each layer is stacked in a cross-grain configuration and bonded together under heat and pressure. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed at all levels of the home.
gapping in wood floors?
Especially in Colorado, with our harsh dry climate, gapping is going to happen to some degree. This is not a manufacturer's defect or a poor installation. Rather, the wood's naturally occuring expansion and contraction are providing evidence of an area that is too dry. A whole home built in humidifier system that can ensure 35% moisture in the air is highly recommended.
exotic wood floors?
These floors are a georgeous addition to add richness to your home. This fact, however, should be coupled with extreme caution in selection the right exoctic as some will not perform well in our climate.
janka wood hardness scale?
The janka hardness scale is a measure of how hard species of wood are. This should be used sparingly, as it causes a lot of misunderstandings about the true quality of wood, which comes from the finish on the floor. The hardness does matter, but if you drop a can of soup on any wood it is going to dent to some degree. The more i