- The most common as well as versatile fiber in the wide world of carpet. Ideal for use indoors installations, not as durable in outdoor applications. Nylon is a popular choice inside commercial buildings, condos and apartments because if meets fire codes since it doesn’t burn - it melts. Additionally, nylon is resistant to mold/mildew, staining, and is also less absorbent than other fibers.
- Polyester or “PET” is quite durable and is typically a lower cost than nylon. This thread has started to become the standard fiber used in many carpets and is used in both indoor and outdoor applications. This fiber is very durable and resistant to water as well as staining, which makes it great for any use in the home and even in commercial spaces. Another added benefit of this fiber is its high color retention and consistency. What this means for you is that when you have several solid colored tiles of the same color next to each other, they will all look the same. This can’t be said for other fibers.
- This fiber is the least expensive fiber used. This carpet fiber is typically the one used in businesses and apartments and is very common in cheaper, standard carpeting and carpet tile squares. It is not as durable as other fibers and can be stained easily but is fade and mildew resistant, as well as being resistant to abrasion and sunlight.
fibers are like Olefins and are on the lower end of the cost scale for carpet fibers but they do very well in high traffic areas. These are common for use in entryways of high traffic grocery stores. This fiber has all the benefits of Olefin and also has with the same drawback. When an oil is spilled on it, the carpet is easily stained.
- Wool is the luxury high end of carpet options. It is the most expensive fiber and softest to the touch