Carpet has been a popular flooring option for decades thanks to its durability, softness and affordable price tag. At Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake, we still recommend carpet to customers who are looking for a flooring option that will last and won’t cost too much. But once you’ve settled on

carpet-materials_photokup_135880922carpet, there are a few more things you need to decide on. A main decision that must be made is on carpet material. There are a few popular options that we’d like to share with you today to help you make the right decision for your White Bear Lake, North Oaks & Shoreview area home.


Probably the most common and most popular carpeting material, nylon is very durable and is available in a wide range of colors and designs. It’s resilient, stain-resistant, abrasion-resistant and good at hiding soil. Nylon also has a good yarn memory, so if you choose a style with a twisted fiber it should hold its shape for a long time. Like most synthetic materials, nylon will off-gas when it is first installed.


Polyester carpets are known for their impressive resistance to stains. As long as you take care of the stain quickly, you should be able to get almost anything out of your polyester carpet. Polyester is not as naturally resilient as nylon, but some styles will hold up reasonably well to traffic.


The main benefit of a polypropylene, or olefin, carpet is fade-resistance. When olefin carpets are created their color is built into each fiber as it forms. This means that no matter how much sun exposure or traffic the carpet might face, the color won’t be damaged. That being said, olefin is not a particularly durable material, and it won’t stand up to heavy traffic for long periods of time.

Keep in mind that no matter what material you choose, there will be wide range of qualities available. It’s important to do some comparisons before having a new carpet installed in your White Bear Lake, North Oaks & Shoreview area home. Check out the warranty to see what kind of lifespan you should expect from your carpet. If you have any questions give us a call at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake!

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