Choosing carpet for your new floor covering is easy once you know a bit more about it. Even better than that is knowing a lot more about it. It pays to know which fibers are best, how they hold up under your own specific circumstances, and how long they’ll last when you have both children and pets in the home. Knowledge is powerful, and when you’re well-equipped, you can make the best decision based on your own specific requirements and preferences. Of course, we’ll be here to help, should you have any questions.
The Floor Source has an excellent array of carpet floor coverings
for you to choose from, which is very important when you’re looking for the best. We also offer product information, answers to any questions you might have, and services to give you a complete flooring experience with which you will be satisfied. We serve the communities of Roanoke, Lynchburg, New River Valley, Franklin County, and Bedford County, all from our showroom located in Moneta, VA. We invite you to visit us there at your convenience so that we can help you with exactly what you need in flooring.
One of the most basic, yet misunderstood, facts about carpet is the fiber makeup of the flooring. Here is a brief rundown of some of the most common fiber along with some of their characteristics.
- Wool - The only natural fiber, wool is holds color extremely well (but the same is true for stains!), hides dirt and debris, and is incredibly flexible and resilient. However, it’s the least affordable, creates a great deal of static, and can be a haven for certain bugs.
- Nylon - Very affordable, strong, and easy to clean. It stands up well to wear and resists mold, mildew, and bugs. For many, nylon is the best choice, as the list of “cons” is nearly non-existent. To make it even more appealing, look for nylon pieces that have had stain resistance added or built into the fibers.
- Polyester - Much like nylon, this fiber is affordable, resists stains and can even be found manufactured of recycled materials, making it more eco-friendly. It crushes a bit easier than nylon, but is also more affordable. If you’re torn between nylon and polyester, a sales associate can help narrow down the options.
- Olefin - Looks and feels much like nylon, but is nearly stain-proof. In many circumstances, it’s the better choice; however, it has a low resiliency as well as a low melting point, making it a worse choice for some homeowners.