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Nylon Carpet Cost Guide

Choosing new carpet is one of the most important decisions that a homeowner can make. Lower quality carpet may develop deep wear marks from furniture and require more maintenance. Nylon carpet, which is one of the more popular options, is strong enough for use in many rooms. As a synthetic material, the carpet can withstand constant use in high traffic areas. While some homeowners might only look at the carpeting cost, they should research the topic fully before buying.

The Costs

  • Average minimum nylon carpet cost: $15 per square yard

  • Average maximum nylon carpet cost: $45 per square yard

What is Nylon Carpet?

DuPont introduced nylon in the 1930s as a cheaper and more affordable option to other materials on the market. Originally used for clothing, the manufacturer later discovered that the strength of nylon made it a good choice for homes. Manufacturers now use two different types of synthetic fibers when constructing nylon carpet. Type 6, which was the original type of fiber, is more lightweight and weaker than Type 6.6, but some homeowners find that they prefer the lower cost of Type 6 fibers over the durability of Type 6.6 fibers.

Pile Types

Nylon carpets are made of nylon fibers and a durable backing material. Machines place the fibers on one side and quickly pull the fibers through small holes in the backing. The way in which the machines cut off the fibers refers to the pile of the rug. The top pile types include:

  • Cut pile

  • Loop pile

  • Patterned loop pile

  • Cut and loop pile

Cut Pile

The cut pile is one of the more common types of piles. Machines will push the nylon fibers through the backing and leave uneven or jagged pieces on top. A second machine trims those fibers to the exact same height and shape. The lack of loops on the top of the carpet makes it a good choice for homes with kids, pets and high traffic areas. Though commonly found on Berber carpets, this pile is also available on nylon carpets.

Loop Pile

Those looking for something more durable and comfortable might opt for a nylon carpet with a loop pile. The machine will push the nylon fiber through one hole in the backing and pull it down into a second hole, which creates a small loop on the top of the carpet. Some manufacturers use long fibers to cover a wider area of the carpet, while other manufacturers use one fiber for two holes. The biggest problem with loop pile carpets is that furniture, pets' claws and shoes can rip apart the loops.

Patterned Loop Pile

Patterned loop pile nylon carpets are a little more decorative than other types of carpets. Manufacturers use machines that create loops on the top of the carpet, but those companies increase and decrease the height of the loops to create different patterns. Homeowners can find rugs with diamond, chevron and other patterns. Patterned carpets are a good option for those who like the look of a two-tone carpet but can't afford the higher costs.

Cut and Loop Pile

The cut and loop pile is a unique type of pile that combines elements of both cut piles and loop piles. Machines will make a series of loops in the top of the carpet and a second machine will cut some of those loops in half to create cut areas. Cut and loop pile carpets work well in high traffic areas and in areas that receive lower amounts of traffic.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The advantages of nylon carpets include the fact that they are resistant to both stains and soil. Homeowners don't need to worry about their kids ruining their carpets when they track mud and dirt into the house or spill drinks and food on the carpet. Nylon also has a good elasticity, which lets it bounce back into place when stretched. It won't show damage like other types of carpet when homeowners move furniture. Other benefits of nylon carpet include its mildew-resistant properties; moisture and water dries quickly on the surface, and it absorbs less static electricity than other carpets.

Though a large number of homes in America use nylon carpets, many homeowners know that the carpeting isn't perfect. One problem with nylon carpeting is that its absorbent properties can lead to staining. Darker drinks spilled on lighter carpets can leave behind dark and ugly stains that even commercial cleaning cannot remove. Some homeowners also find that certain cleaning products don't react well to the nylon. Even some readily available carpet cleaning products can bleach the fibers or leave behind dark stains. Homeowners will either need to replace the carpet or hire a professional company to stain the entire carpet in a new color.

Nylon Carpet Cost

Before buying new carpets, homeowners need to sit down and think about how long they plan to use them. They also need to think about the amount of traffic moving through their homes. A couple living alone might only use a few of their rooms every day and rarely use certain spaces. Families with small children or teenagers will likely use all areas of their house on a regular basis. Nylon carpets designed for low traffic areas can cost as little as $15 per square yard, while carpets designed for high traffic areas can cost $45 per square yard.

Some manufacturers create temporary carpets designed for five years of use. Those carpets can cost $15 to $30 per square yard. Nylon carpets designed for 10 years of use range in price from $20 to $35 per square yard. Carpet manufacturers also release carpets designed for 15 to 20 years of use, and those carpets can cost $25 to $45 per square yard. Though these figures include the cost of installation and padding, homeowners can save money when they buy carpets designed for longer use.

Last updated on Apr 1, 2015

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