Polyester Carpet Pros and Cons
Polyester carpet pros and cons should be considered before deciding if it is the right fiber for your home.
When it comes time to choose new carpeting things can quickly begin to feel overwhelming for shoppers.
The vast ocean-like expanse of samples available in most flooring showrooms leaves a lot to question. And in addition to choosing the color, style, pile (cut, loop, or cut-and-loop), or pattern, shoppers must also take into consideration the material their carpet-to-be is made from.
One of the two most common carpet manufacturing materials is polyester (the other being nylon), and for those who aim to be eco-friendly, polyester carpeting is an excellent choice as it is often produced using recycled materials.
Additionally, when it’s time to replace polyester carpeting, it can be down-cycled back into the system.
So, let’s take a deeper look at the pros and cons of installing polyester carpeting:
Polyester Carpet Pros
Foot for foot, polyester is less expensive to install. Prices typically range between $0.85 to $5.50 per square foot, which is considerably less than other materials that start at $3.25 per square foot.
Polyester dyes well and therefore afford a wide and vibrant selection of color tone and shade choices that are highly fade resistant.
Polyester is known for its lush, velvety softness and is comfortable under the feet.
Less prone than other materials to generate static electricity in arid environments, but it does still have the ability to produce a low amount of static.
Of particular interest to parents and pet owners, polyester carpets are much more stain resistant than other materials.
In areas with high humidity or frequent spills, polyester offers a faster drying time and is more mildew resistant than other materials
Polyester Carpet Cons
Although polyester carpets can typically last between 5-15 years in low to mid-traffic areas, matting and wear begin to appear in high traffic areas quickly. Its life cycle depends heavily upon the amount of traffic and proper care.
Once matted (as under furniture footings), it does not spring back like other materials do.
Although highly stain resistant, oil-based stains are more difficult to remove and may require professional cleaning
Purchasing new carpet can be a daunting endeavor, but by learning as much as you can about how carpets are made, and with which materials, you can better ascertain whether the carpet your flooring showroom host is trying to sell you is the best choice.
Understanding the differences in quality and durability will also help you make the best financial investment for the long term.
If you are looking for an eco-friendly carpet that offers luxurious softness, comes in a wide variety of vibrant colors and patterns that won’t fade, and is both kid and pet-friendly, polyester is the material for you.
It is also a more budget-friendly material, and in today’s economy, everybody can stand to save a bit when it comes to large purchases like carpeting. The one main drawback, however, is that polyester just doesn’t last as long in high traffic areas compared to other materials.
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