Nylon vs. polyester: what is the difference?

Nylon vs. polyester: what is the difference?

When buying a carpet, the most critical decision is what fibers to get. Nylon and polyester are two of the most common fibers purchased on the market today. One of the questions we get is: What is the difference between the two? At Barefoot Floors and Home Design, we are dedicated to bringing quality service. Carpet, or any flooring, isn't something you buy often. Yet, it's one of the most significant investments you will make in your home. Let’s answer your question below.

Nylon vs. polyester

Nylon is known for being ultra-strong and resilient. That means you can step on it, and it springs back into its original shape. Polyester has superior stain resistance as it is a hydrophobic material and won't absorb any liquid. Nylon is more absorbent. However, all nylon is treated with a stain-resistant chemical during production. Both polyester and nylon have versions that can be soft to the touch. Price-wise, nylon is more expensive than polyester.

How to compare

Each fiber of nylon and polyester has different quality levels. So you want to make sure they are equivalent when you compare them. For example, a high-quality polyester could be better than low-quality nylon.

There are also versions of carpet and sub-categories. For example, nylon is a solution-dyed version, where the solution goes all the way through during the manufacturing process. When it is solution-dyed, there are no places where a stain can attach itself, thus making the nylon much more resistant to stains. PET Polyester is made from recycled material and plastic drinking bottles. This might make it more attractive to the environmentally-conscious consumer.

We know carpeting and your floor covering is essential to you and us. So let us be your carpet store. We have a showroom in Osage Beach, MO. We also serve Lake Ozark, Camdenton, Eldon, Laurie, Macks Creek, Roach, and Rocky Mount, MO. Please stop by today to see what we can offer you regarding nylon or polyester. Call today!