What is the Most Durable Type of Carpet?

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The type of carpet best for your home most depends on your lifestyle. Homes with pets and children will prefer a durable, resilient carpet while homes with less people living there can choose stylish and delicate carpet fibers.

This post is for homeowners with children and pets that are removing their old carpet and installing new carpet and want to purchase a durable fiber that will last a decade or even longer. To install new carpet is not a cheap investment so you want to ensure it lasts as long as possible and can withstand heavy use and maybe even a stain or two from your children and pets.

There are two popular choices when it comes to durable carpet:


The first choice for durable carpet is polyester. Polyester is a synthetic material made of recycled plastic bottles. This construction is extremely stain-resilient. If you have pets or allow children and guests to eat in rooms with carpet, you will prefer polyester. Polyester is also one of the cheapest types of carpet to install in a home.

However, polyester isn’t durable in all regards. You will find that polyester carpet is prone to soiling. Soiling occurs from traffic in the home and from oils on skin and the bottom of feet. The oil collects in the carpet and then creates a residue that attracts nearby dirt and bacteria. The dirt and bacteria pool together to create a soiling effect that appears as one large, brown spot on carpet.


The next choice for durable carpet is nylon. Nylon is also a synthetic material and it is known for its durability. In fact, we consider nylon to be the most durable carpet fiber available for installation.

Nylon is stain-resistant, similar to polyester, and it is also able to resist soiling and withstand heavy traffic in living rooms, hallways and entryways in a home. You will find that if properly care for nylon carpet and schedule professional carpet cleaning often (learn more here: www.healthychoicechemdry.com) that this fiber will last anywhere from 10-15 years before it needs to be replaced.

The downside to nylon carpet is that it is more expensive than polyester. One option for homeowners to reduce costs would be to install polyester carpet in bedrooms and rooms that receive less traffic and install nylon in hallways and rooms with heavier traffic. This combination of polyester and nylon is cost-effective and should result in quality carpet in your home for the next 10 years or more.

For the most durable type of flooring you will want to consider hardwood floor or laminate, but if you are one of the many homeowners that still prefers the comfort and colors of carpet, we recommend nylon throughout the home or a combination of polyester and nylon for maximum benefit and cost-efficiency.