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EPiC database - Nylon carpet

Version 2 2020-12-10, 20:46
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posted on 2020-12-10, 20:46 authored by Robert CrawfordRobert Crawford, André StephanAndré Stephan, Fabian PrideauxFabian Prideaux
This material is part of the free Environmental Performance in Construction (EPiC) Database. The EPiC Database contains embodied environmental flow coefficients for 250+ construction materials using a comprehensive hybrid life cycle inventory approach.

Carpet is a common flooring material, widely used for residential and commercial flooring applications. It has good insulative properties and medium - high durability. It is typically graded using surface pile mass (g/m²), with a higher g/m² generally indicating a higher quality and more durable product.

Tufted carpet is available in three standard styles: 'cut pile', 'loop pile' and 'cut & loop pile'. Within these styles, there are significant variations in durability, aesthetic qualities and cost. During production, carpet fibre is sewn directly onto a primary backing fabric and then bonded (commonly using latex) onto a secondary backing layer (hessian, or similar). Common carpet fibres include: Nylon, Polypropylene, Wool, Wool-blends, Polyester and Acrylic.

Nylon carpet is generally cheaper than wool alternatives. It is stain resistant and holds its colour well. High durability and toughness make it ideal for use in high-traffic areas.