Nylon vs. polyester: what's the difference?

Nylon carpet has been a mainstay of carpet flooring for decades. It’s a durable fiber that resists crushing. Polyester came along about 20 years after nylon. When it came in the 1960s, customers noticed how similar it was to the appearance and feel of wool. Both fibers can be found at Willow Creek Flooring. We are a carpet store with you in mind.


Nylon is known as a fiber of choice for most homeowners, over 60%! Its resilience helps it bounce back from being compressed. So, if you have heavy furniture or heavy electronics on your nylon, there will be no indentations or matted down places in the carpet when you remove them. Nylon is also non-abrasive and durable, so it is appropriate for heavy traffic in the home. Nylon can be more costly than other synthetic fibers, but its performance makes up for the value and price.


Polyester is a synthetic carpet fiber that has a natural softness to it. It also comes in a wide range of vibrant colors. It dyes well, but it is also inherently stain-resistant. Spills do not penetrate the fibers. Polyester is great for low-traffic areas, like bedrooms. It also resists fading, so it is appropriate for sunlit rooms. Polyester is made from recycled plastic bottles, so its production value is lower than nylon. This also makes it an eco-friendly carpet.

The carpet flooring experts at Willow Creek Flooring are here to help you. We can help you find the right carpet for your home. We serve Baraboo, Mazomanie, Plain, Prairie du Sac, Waunakee, Wisconsin Delis, Madison, Lodi, and Spring Green. Visit our showroom in Sauk City, WI. At our showroom, you will find all manner of types of nylon and polyester carpets that will suit you. We know carpeting and how a floor covering works in a home, so trust us. We will help you find the best carpet for your home.