Synthetic fiber carpet is made from artificial materials. Their generic names are polyester, nylon, and olefin. Nylon is the most popular. Prolonged exposure to the sun will damage nylon carpet. It is the most expensive of the synthetic varieties.
Olefin carpet is a synthetic fiber carpet that is very reasonably priced and easy to care for. It is usually pre-treated to make it fade resistant. Olefin carpet can be placed on outdoor patios or basement rec rooms.
Polyester is less durable than nylon and less expensive. The fibers are softer than nylon. Polyester should not be exposed to sunlight or heat. Carpet fibers differ in characteristics more than performance.
Polyester and olefin fibers are cheaper than some of the alternatives. They are strong fibers that are perfect for high-traffic areas. Because of the strength of these fibers, they are a bit harder to clean and gather grime easier than other fibers.