The Best High-Traffic Carpet for Busy Areas

March 11, 2021 Published by Leave your thoughts

There are some parts of your home that see much more foot traffic than others. If you wish to install carpet in these areas, it’s important to make sure the type of carpet you choose is capable of withstanding that amount of foot traffic over time.

Fortunately, the majority of modern carpets will work with heavy-traffic areas, but it’s still important to spend some time going over the available options and your own preferences when it comes to selecting carpets for busy areas in your Monroe County, PA home.

Carpets feature thousands of fibers that get attached to a rigid backing. These fibers could come in the form of closed loops or be cut at one end, the latter of which is referred to as “cut pile” and makes for a plusher texture. You might find low-pile loop carpets designed to be smooth and flat, or high-pile cut carpets that are taller, fluffier and have a bit of a looser feel.

In addition, these types of carpet fibers can come in different materials. Here’s a quick look at the most common types of fibers:

  • Nylon: Properly treated nylon is very versatile, and delivers outstanding durability that makes it well-suited for high-traffic areas. It also provides excellent stain resistance, and comes in a very wide range of styles, colors and patterns. It’s a great choice for people with pets or young children, who are more likely to experience messes on their carpet at some point.
  • Olefin: Olefin is used for both indoor and outdoor carpeting. It’s a synthetic material designed to provide outstanding moisture and stain resistance. However, it’s probably not recommended for particularly high-traffic areas in the home, because it’s not quite as durable as options like nylon.
  • Polyester: Polyester is another type of synthetic carpet, much like olefin. While it does provide some durability, it’s probably not as ideally suited for high-traffic areas as some other options, especially when subjected to years of heavy wear. Still, it does provide a very luxurious appearance at an affordable price point for most homeowners. It’s a good choice for areas that see medium levels of traffic.
  • Wool: Wool, along with nylon, is an excellent choice for high-traffic areas that you’ll be carpeting, including stairs, living rooms and hallways. Wool carpets have been used for thousands of years, and remain a favorite in all types of settings. You can trust that wool will never go out of style, and that they will provide reliable warmth throughout the year, even in chilly winters!

As you can tell, wool and nylon are the best carpet choices for high-traffic areas, and low-pile carpets (which can be made from many different types of fibers) are also typically the best choice for these busy spaces.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can select a high-traffic carpet for your Monroe County, PA home, we encourage you to contact The Floor Source with any questions. We will be happy to provide you with further information and recommendations based on your needs and preferences.

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