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February 13, 2020 | Which carpet is right for me | No Comments

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February is the month of love and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought I would share what we LOVE (and frankly, what we don’t) about the most common carpet fibre types. So in true Valentine’s Day fashion, please welcome our lovely Bachelors and Bachelorettes!

Bachelorettes #1&2 are twin fibres everyone loves to hate – Polyester & Polypropylene, or as they are affectionately known “The Polys”:

Both of these fibres are most commonly found in investment properties and large scale new estates. Occasionally referred to as “The Builders Special”, The Poly’s are a cost effective way to carpet your home – but only if a long term relationship with your carpet isn’t your goal!

Pros:

  • Cost effective
  • Available in a wide range of colours and patterns
  • Manufacturers are never short on stock

Cons:

  • Lowest possible quality
  • Most manufacturer warranties are only valid for 3-5 years
  • Low domestic ratings
  • Low fire ratings
  • Not always hypoallergenic or bug resistant

Cost: $-$$
While the initial investment isn’t overly pricey, The Poly’s don’t have a large lifespan and usually need to be replaced within 7 years of installation.

Bachelor #3 is our most common fibre type – Solution Dyed Nylon:

But don’t be fooled, despite how common SDN is, there are still many variations on this loveable fibre. After one thats short and sweet? Try Blake, a short, twist pile.


Needing one thats more robust? Jonas is a loop pile who might be more up your alley!


Looking for tall, dark and handsome? How about Mark, a 45oz beauty that will leave you in the throes of comfort and luxury!

Pros:

  • Available in a wide range of colours and patterns
  • Usually hypoallergenic and bug resistant
  • Usually have a 10-15 year manufacturer warranty and colour fastness guarantee
  • Moderate to high domestic and fire ratings

Cons:

  • More expensive than a Poly
  • Common colours run out fast, so some wait times may apply.

Cost: $$-$$$
Entry level SDN’s are usually the same price, or only slightly more expensive than The Poly’s, however are a much better quality carpet. These SDN’s have an approximate lifespan of 10-15 years, while the more expensive SDN’s should easily last you up to 25!

Bachelor #4 is John, our oldest fibre type – Wool:

And we must say – our customers are divided. To some, nothing screams “I’ve made it!” like installing a wool carpet. For many years, wool was considered the highest quality carpet you could own, but it also came with a hefty price tag!
While the price and quality of wool carpet hasn’t changed much in recent years, the rise in quality of SDN’s has meant that in some instances wool is not all its cracked up to be.

Pros:

  • Superior quality
  • Unbeatable feel and softness
  • Usually have a 15-25 year manufacturer warranty
  • Moderate to high domestic and fire ratings

Cons:

  • Hefty price tag
  • Not as easily available as other fibre types
  • Not always recommended (depends on customers lifestyle and needs)
  • Not bug resistant
  • Not always colour fast
  • Will wear faster in high traffic areas, depending on type of wool and thickness.

Cost: $$$-$$$$
Wool carpets are definitely more expensive, but the feel and quality is hard to beat- Wool carpets are designed to last! In many cases, we have replaced 40+ year old wool carpet that, albeit slightly faded, still feels as good as it would have the day it was installed. However, we do not recommend wool to those in homes with humidity & dampness problems, those with pets (especially cats!) or those with asthma, allergies or respiratory problems.

Bachelor #5, Eddie and Bachelorette #6, Monika are our friendly PET’s and ECO ranges:

There’s not much that can be said about these carpet fibres. As a response to an ever growing need to become more environmentally sustainable, our preferred manufacturers have created these ranges. Being relatively new to the market, the only thoughts we are able to share are those from the manufacturers themselves. While we have had extensive experience with our other bachelors, our customers are yet to purchase any carpets from these ranges so we don’t yet know how they will stand up to the tests of time.

Pros:

  • Environmentally friendly

Cons:

  • Relatively new to the market with little consumer feedback
  • Comparatively limited colours and styles available
  • Can be cost prohibitive

Cost: $$-$$$$
PET’s and ECO carpets are made from recycled materials. As a result, they are usually manufactured overseas unlike our other fibre types which are all manufactured in Melbourne. As with all new technology, until they become more common place, these fibre types may be cost prohibitive to some, while other customers worry about spending $$-$$$$ without a guarantee on feel or longevity.


Now, no bachelor’s story would be complete without their trusty sidekick – UNDERLAY!

I have to admit, we’re a little biased. We love to install Airstep’s foam range as we believe the feel and lifespan of foam underlay to be much better than rubber – plus, who doesn’t love a sustainable, recyclable material??

Airstep foam underlay is made from recycled foam products (like old mattresses and cushions!) and doesn’t lose its soft, sponginess unlike rubber underlay, which begins to disintegrate after a number of years. In fact, in many cases we’re called in to replace a customers carpet purely because their rubber underlay is basically non-existent! While foam underlay comes in 8 styles, we have made it easier for our customers by only selling 3 (unless otherwise requested). So please welcome our trusty sidekicks!

StepLight: (Tickles)
StepLight is our entry level underlay and usually paired with The Poly’s. At 7mm of thickness it offers some reduced noise transmission and is asthma and allergy friendly.

StepEco: (George)
StepEco is our most common underlay. At 10mm of thickness, it offers a lovely softness underfoot without breaking the bank.

StepMax: (Lilly)
StepMax is our most luxurious underlay! Usually paired with high end SDN’s and wool carpets, StepMax helps to create an unbeatable softness underfoot, with fantastic noise reductions and amazing thermal transmission reductions.


So next time you’re in the market for a (flooring) date, who will you choose?

About Author

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Gabriella Byrne

Gabriella is the Sales Manager, Customer Liaison, Administration expert and downright super-woman at East Coast Carpets. Before joining the team full-time, Gabriella had to listen to Martin blabber on about all things carpet for the 6 years they dated prior to tying the knot, creating the knowledge bank she uses to ensure the carpet you choose is a perfect fit for your home and lifestyle.

Gabriella and Martin also have 3 kids that they adore, so if you ever hear a screaming toddler in the background whilst on the phone, know that East Coast Carpets is truely a family business.

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