One of the most common questions we are asked is “what is the difference between carpet types?” Well, a really boring guide is available in Carpet Choices, but in honour of Valentine’s Day, we thought we would post something a bit more special.

 

Please put your hands together for our lovely bachelorettes, the twin fibres everyone loves to hate – Polyester & Polypropylene, or as they are affectionately known “The Polys”:

These gorgeous girls are on an adventure of a lifetime, soaking up all life has to offer. They love bowling, going to the movies and weekend long music festivals! But don’t be fooled, these ladies are just as happy to enjoy a night on the couch with some popcorn and the latest hit on Netflix!

While they are not seeking long term commitment, The Poly’s are looking to create memories and friendships to last through the ages.

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.

Now, no bachelorette would be complete without their faithful sidekick. So without further ado, please welcome Tickles!

Tickles (StepLight) is our entry level underlay and usually paired with The Poly’s. He loves long walks and knows he’s a good boy! At 7mm of thickness he, offers some reduced noise transmission and is asthma and allergy friendly.

Polys
Tickles

Introducing our next group of bachelors, and 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.

Needing one thats more robust? Jonas is a loop pile who might be more up your alley! Jonas can handle almost anything life sends his way- as long as he isnt asked to clean up after it. He’s perfect in both commercial and domestic settings, and always knows just the right thing to say in order to fit right in.

After one thats short and sweet? Try Blake, a short, cut pile.

No matter what you throw at him, Blake is sure to bounce back. His biggest aim is to please, and has the stamina to prove it!

Looking for tall, dark and handsome? How about Mark, a 45oz beauty that will leave you in the throes of comfort and luxury! Mark is well travelled and takes great pride in his appearance. He knows what you want, and that you wont settle for less.

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!

But of course, these men wouldn’t be complete without their trusty sidekick- George!

George (StepEco) is our most common underlay. George is a faithful companion, that will never let you down. At 10mm of thickness, he offers a lovely softness underfoot without breaking the bank.

Jonas
Blake
George

One of our favourite bachelors is John, our oldest fibre type – Wool!

While John has been in the game for quite some time, we can vouch for his reliability and his experience! There is no greater feeling than running your fingers through his soft, thick hair as you lay in the epitome of comfort. But don’t be fooled, despite his inviting features, getting close to John comes with a hefty price tag.

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.

As with our other bachelors and bachelorettes, John would be lost without his fantastic sidekick – Lilly

Lilly (StepMax) is our most luxurious underlay! You will find yourself in love with her softness and texture.

Usually paired with high end SDN’s and wool carpets, Lilly helps to create an unbeatable softness underfoot, with fantastic noise reductions and amazing thermal transmission reductions.

 

John
Lilly

Finally, no list would be complete without our remaining bachelor and bachelorette.

Eddie is our friendly PET range, made from recycled bottles. His favourite activities include cleaning up St Kilda beach on a Saturday morning, enjoying a spiced latte on Lygon St and eating a healthy, balanced, plant based diet.

He’s a perfect companion for a long hike in the woods, bird watching and camping trips!

Monika is our ECO+ range. She’s all about reducing carbon emissions and becoming as carbon neutral as possible.

She isn’t afraid of a little dirt, and can often be found in her garden tending to her plants and trees.

Monika is one of our sweeter singles, with a fondness for corn sugar and renewable textiles.

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 bachelor/ettes, 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
-Relatively cost effective
-Fantastic stain resistance
-Soft underfoot

Cons:

-Relatively new to the market with little consumer feedback
-Comparatively limited colours and styles available

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.

Monika
Eddie

Now that we have introduced our wonderful bachelors, bachelorettes and sidekicks we would love your feedback.

Which of our fantastic singles would you choose to join you for the next step in your life?