Carpet fibers, Burlington ON

At Floor Coverings International Burlington ON we offer carpeting that is made from a range of different materials. Each one offers certain benefits and each one has certain drawbacks. It’s a good idea to get clear on the strengths and weaknesses of different carpet fibers before you begin to make decisions about color, pile type, pile height, and the like. Here is a quick overview of the most common carpet fibers on the market today.


Wool is the premier carpet fiber. It is natural, durable, soft, luxurious, flame resistant, stain resistant, anti-static, water repellant, and environmentally friendly. It is also resilient, meaning it will recover well from crushing and so maintain its great appearance even in a high-traffic area. If you’re looking for the top of the line carpet fiber, you’re looking for wool. On the downside, wool does need to be treated in order to make it moth resistant, and it is typically the most expensive carpet fiber available. But, like many things, you get what you pay for with wool.


Nylon is the most common carpet fiber used today. The reason for this is that nylon provides an excellent mix of many of the most important characteristics that people look for in a carpet. Nylon is durable, resilient, and moisture and stain resistant, which makes it very suitable for high-traffic areas. It is also resistant to mold and mildew. It is generally considered the best choice in synthetic fiber carpeting. Its one shortcoming is that it tends to be prone to static buildup, but treatments can do a lot to prevent this.

Olefin (Polypropylene)

Olefin is actually the second most common carpet fiber in Burlington, ON today. It is a popular choice because of its desirable mix of moisture resistance, anti-static properties, softness, and affordability. Olefin tends to be quite stain resistant, other than oil-based stains, and it is colorfast because it is solution dyed. Its weaknesses are that it is not as durable or resilient as wool or nylon and it does not rate well for heat and abrasion resistance. For these reasons, it is not a great choice for high-traffic areas.

Polyester (PET)

Polyester carpet is considered a less expensive wool alternative. It is moisture and stain resistant, colorfast, and very soft. It is stronger than olefin, and can actually rival the performance of nylon but at a lower price point. It is also non-allergenic and environmentally friendly because it is typically made, at least in part, from recycled PET products. It is not as resilient as other carpet fibers, but it does hold up well, especially considering its affordability.

It’s good to have an idea of which carpet material will work best for your needs before you begin the selection process, but we strongly recommend getting a recommendation from a flooring expert. If you live in the greater Burlington and Oakville area, be sure to contact Floor Coverings International Burlington ON to arrange a free, in-home design consultation. We will show you our wide variety of samples and make sure you choose the kind of carpet that is best for your Burlington home.

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