Carpeting provides your home with a clean aesthetic, and helps insulate rooms, keeping them warm in the winter months. However, there are a wide variety of different types of carpeting available on the market. While they all provide the same function to a room, they carry with them a distinct set of advantages and disadvantages. Understanding what each type of carpeting has to offer can help you choose the one that best fits your home's needs.


Nylon is the most common type of carpeting available on the market, because it is the least expensive material to work with. It provides an average level of comfort, and is fairly soft to walk on in bare feet, but is also durable and stain resistant, and can withstand a great deal of wear and tear without becoming visibly damaged.


Triexta is a relatively new fabric on the carpeting market, and provides similar advantages to nylon at a lower price point. The main draw of triexta carpeting is its high resistance to staining, making it ideal for households with young children or pets. It is non-absorbent, and additionally will stand up will to sun exposure without fading in color, as both nylon and polyester can. 


Polyester offers a great variety and intensity of colors when compared to nylon, and will not fade over time due to wear and tear. This allows you to customize your carpet color choice to match the aesthetic of the rest of your room extremely easily. However, polyester can become padded down due to exposure to heavy weights over time, making it less ideal for high traffic areas or for installation under furniture.


Wool carpeting is not very common, but provides a number of benefits. It is extremely soft, more so than any synthetic fiber, and will last very long without degrading noticeably. However, it should be noted that wool carpeting varies widely in quality. Low price wool will stain and become ripped up very easily, while high grade wool is highly durable and stain resistant, 


Acrylic is a synthetic material that is designed to emulate the characteristics of wool, but with a few key benefits and at a lower price point. Acrylic is much easier to clean than wool is, and provides natural stain and mold resistance, reducing the likelihood of discoloration. Furthermore, acrylic carpets are much more resistant to UV exposure when compared to other synthetic materials, like nylon or polyester, which means that its color won't fade after long periods of sun exposure.

For more information, contact a company like Olden Paint & Fresh Look Flooring.