Living room with nylon carpeting

If you are looking at new carpet floors for your home in the greater Houston Heights area, you’re probably aware that there are many different styles, materials, and designs to choose from. On top of that, these choices are available in an equally abundant variety of grades, qualities, and prices that’s enough to make your head spin!

Fortunately, here at Floor Coverings International Houston Heights, our team of specialists is here to help you navigate the nuances of carpet flooring to help you find the perfect option for your home. Here, we discuss the important things to know about nylon carpeting, a versatile and durable choice that might be just what you’re looking for.

A Bit of Background

Nylon is a synthetic polymer developed by DuPont in the 1930’s and introduced by the same company as a consumer carpet fiber in the 1950’s. It’s also a common material used for fabrics, clothing, automobile parts, and food packaging. As a carpet fiber, nylon is prized for its great strength and resilience. Its molecular structure maintains it shape under compression, allowing the fiber to bounce back after compression. While this makes it one of the most durable carpet materials available, it’s important to know that it comes in different grades and levels of quality that will affect the carpet’s overall performance.

up close view of frieze carpet fibers made with nylon

Carpet Styles and Applications

Thanks to nylon’s versatility, it functions well in a variety of carpet styles. Its softness makes it a great choice for carpets with plush or long pile, such as saxony or frieze. As with any high-traffic areas, including entryways, hallways, and stairs, it’s important to choose a carpet grade that will hold up over time. In these areas, nylon tends to outperform other synthetic fibers that may show wear patterns quicker. However, because it tends to be more durable, keep in mind that also tends to be more expensive than other carpet materials.


As with any carpeting, regular vacuuming is required to prevent debris from building up between the fibers. If not properly treated, nylon fibers will absorb liquids and stain easier than materials such as wool, so it’s important to clean up any spills as quickly as possible. To keep your nylon carpets looking their best, we recommend annual or seasonal steaming and shampooing for a deeper cleaning.

Learn More

When you’re ready to see if nylon carpet is the right choice for your home, call Floor Coverings International Houston Heights to schedule a free design consultation and estimate. Our design associate will bring our great selection of flooring samples right to your home to help you find the perfect option for your needs. We proudly serve the greater Greater Heights, Montrose, Upper Kirby, Museum District, and Downtown areas with expert advice, great selection, and professional installation.

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