Nylon vs. polyester: what is the difference?

Nylon vs. polyester: what is the difference?

When you are buying a carpet, the most critical decision is the fibers. Nylon and polyester are two popular fibers, and one of the most frequent questions we get at Glen Floors is about them. We want everyone to get personalized service. So your questions are important to us. We know that carpets or other flooring aren't bought every day or often. So your questions about it are important too.

Nylon vs. Polyester

Nylon has superior strength and is remarkably resilient. What that means is that it will spring back into place after you step on it. Polyester has an excellent inherent stain resistance (hydrophobic). It just won't absorb any liquid. Nylon is more absorbent, but all carpet fibers are treated with some kind or type of stain resistance. So when treated, nylon is very resistant to stains. Both nylon and polyester have versions that are very soft to the touch. As for price, nylon can be pricier than polyester because polyester has a lower production cost.

How to compare

It is essential to remember that each fiber has a different quality level. So you want to make sure they are equivalent when comparing them. For example, say you have a high-quality polyester. It could have better durability than a low-quality nylon carpet.

There are also versions and sub-versions to keep in mind. For example, a solution-dyed version of nylon goes all the way through the manufacturing process instead of after it. When the fiber is solution-dyed, then there are no dye lots for a stain to attach to. Thus, the stain resistance is increased.

At Glen Floors, we are a carpet store that knows carpeting. Floor covering is essential for your home. We want you to have the best carpet possible. So be sure to ask every question you can think of from our qualified and friendly staff. We will give you their best answer, and you can find us in Glen Cove, NY, where our showroom is. We also serve Glen Head, Locust Valley, Mill Neck, Old Westbury, Glenwood Landing, Brookfield, Bayville, and Oyster Bay.