Many homeowners in the greater Lexington and Nicholasville areas are creating a healthy living environment by choosing eco-friendly materials for their home. This includes flooring materials, and today’s manufacturers continue to expand their selection of renewable and sustainable materials available to consumers. When it comes to carpet in particular, there are several eco-friendly options to choose from. Read on as our team at Floor Coverings International Lexington takes a closer look.
Wool – Most sheep are sheared once or twice a year to keep their fleece at a manageable length for their health and wellbeing. Wool’s regrowth rate makes it an abundant, renewable resource and its natural density and resistance to moisture and mildew make it a great choice for home carpeting. Bear in mind that it tends to be more expensive than other carpet options and might not fit every budget.
Sisal – A variety of agave cultivated for its tough fibers, sisal is another natural material used to make rope, twine, mats, and carpets. The fibers are cut, dried, and then woven into rugs and carpeting that hides wear patterns often seen in other types of carpet. Compared to wool, however, sisal is rougher to the touch and more prone to stains.
Polyester – Some might be surprised to learn that some synthetic materials are also sustainable choices for home carpeting. Polyester is one of the most easily recycled synthetic fibers available today, and some polyester carpets are made with up to 90-100% recycled content. This is not only limited to polyester from previous carpeting, but also even materials like recycled plastic bottles!
Nylon – Lauded as one of the toughest synthetic fibers in the carpet market, nylon is another choice that is becoming more sustainable, and commonly found in post-consumer flooring options. As a carpet, nylon is very durable and works well in many areas of your home, including busy areas like hallways and stairs. Once your carpet has run its course, it’s also a great candidate to be repurposed into other products. Unfortunately, nylon does not break down easily in landfills, so it’s important to recycle any nylon carpets rather than simply throwing them away.
Beware of VOCs
VOC stands for volatile organic compound, or fumes released from a variety of synthetic materials and adhesives. When it comes to carpet, VOCs typically come from glues or dyes used in the manufacturing process, which can take a few days to dissipate. For people with sensitivities or allergies, we recommend choosing a natural carpet fiber, as well as a natural carpet pad to ensure your new floors don’t trigger any negative reactions.
If you want to find the perfect eco-friendly flooring option for your home, get in touch with your local experts at Floor Coverings International Lexington. Call (859) 997-0707 or book your free consultation and estimate online and our design associate will bring our selection of flooring samples right to you to in our mobile showroom to help you find your perfect floors!