A carpet is only as good as the materials it is made of and the manufacturing process it goes through to create a beautiful and durable floor covering. One of the things that separate high quality carpet from a poor quality carpet is the backing. Some of the materials used for backing do a fine job, but few have the advantages of polyurethane backing.
There are several advantages to choosing carpet with a polyurethane backing. Polyurethane has a distinct molecular structure that creates an extremely strong material that holds up to the toughest abuse. It is also ideal for forming a polymeric bond between a primary backing and a secondary backing, boosting the carpet performance over the years. Finally, because it has such strong adhesion properties, the yarn of the carpet is able to remain tightly woven, increasing the tuft bind, or the amount of force it takes to lift a carpet fiber.
The durability and strength of polyurethane backing means that customers will experience minimal problems with it and they will be less likely to experience problems like edge ravel, snags, pilling, fuzzing and pulling. When advising clients on what type of carpet to choose, it’s always a good idea to check for those brands that have a polyurethane backing.