If you are looking for a cozier feeling in your sunroom than stone tiles can provide, carpeting is an option. There are many different options to choose from.
Nylon is a popular carpet fiber choice. This carpet will provide durability, moderate fade-resistance (though it’s not advised to have long sun exposure), and is in an affordable price range. Another positive aspect is that nylon carpet flooring is easier to clean. One downside of this flooring option is the nylon’s thinner strands, which are not as strong as other carpets.
Polyester is one of the least expensive carpet types. You won’t need to worry about fading or staining. It is stain-resistant and won’t fade in the sun, but it lacks durability. A new version of polyester, the Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), promises to be sturdier. Also, polyester is an excellent option if you have allergies because it can resist moisture and mildew.
Polypropylene (Olefin) is another popular flooring option. It is often used in commercial buildings but more people are choosing this carpet for their homes. These fibres are as soft as nylon and are also resistant to mildew, moisture, stain and static – except for oily stains, which could gather dirt over time. This type of carpet is often used as a substitute for synthetic wool. Polypropylene is slightly less expensive than nylon but costs more than polyester and acrylic.
Acrylic (Synthetic Wool) feels and looks like wool, but is a lot lower priced than the real thing. Acrylic carpeting is resistant to static, mildew, moisture, staining and fading. But it lacks durability, so it’s not a good option for high-traffic areas – it tends to fuzz and pill. Also, if it comes into contact with alkaline chemicals, this carpet flooring can turn brown, so you have to be careful with cleaning products.
Wool is by far the highest-quality material. It is natural, luxurious, long-lasting and the softest. The high-grade wool carpets tend to be very expensive. The less expensive wool options are often prone to staining. Wool carpets are also great for those who suffer allergies or have sensitivities to chemicals. On the downside, the natural fibers of the wool can be susceptible to mold and mildew, so avoid this option if you live in a high humidity area. Wool carpeting can also fade when exposed to direct sunlight.
Berber carpet is a stiffer and durable choice, which is great for high-traffic areas. Berber is easy to clean, making it ideal for sunrooms with access to the outdoors. This carpet is also known as a loop or uncut pile because it features uncut loops of material. This material is not only easy to clean, it’s also stain-resistant. It also doesn’t leave any footprints or vacuum marks. This option is great for multi-purpose sunrooms.
The barber carpet has different varieties you can choose from. It can be a level loop, with fiber loops of the same length. Then, there are the patterned loops, with different height loops. Lastly, there’s the cut-and-loop type, in which some fibres are cut and others are looped.
Cut pile is a style with exposed fibres that have been sheared off. It’s a soft, easy-to-clean option. It’s very versatile because it can be sheared in different angles, creating different designs. Cut pile flooring comes in various lengths and thicknesses, and you can use this option to blend your sunroom with the rest of your house.
This material is made of strands that twist and keep their shape. The heavier the twist, the more resistant to wear-and-tear, matting and crushing. The texture can also help hide wear and dirt. The only downside to cut pile is that it’s not always a durable option and might need replacement sooner.
Saxony carpet is a type of cut pile. It’s smooth and soft, great for a warm feeling during winter. This carpet flooring is easy to clean, and it’s long-lasting. The fibres of this material create a lush and fuzzy surface, but it can easily be indented with footprints and vacuum cleaners. But, because it can stain and lacks durability, it’s better to use this carpet in a low-traffic area.
Sunshine Sunrooms has been helping homeowners design and build beautiful sunrooms since 1993. We offer individualized services based on each of our client’s specific budgets, vision and needs. Call us at (972) 243-5390 for all your sunroom design, construction, and repair needs or contact us online to request a quote.