Natural flooring has been a growing trend lately as more Franklin Township consumers seek to be environmentally conscious with their purchasing and décor. The benefit of natural fiber flooring is that it tends to be completely biodegradable, so once it is removed it won’t stay in a landfill forever, like synthetic carpets do. Seagrass is one of the lesser known natural flooring types, but is gaining popularity with homeowners who love its earthy look and feel. We at Floor Coverings International Hillsborough love seagrass for its durability and cushioned feel which makes it a practical flooring option that still looks trendy.
What is Seagrass?
Seagrass is a plant grown in paddy fields in China and Vietnam, which are flooded, harvested, and dried before being turned into fibers to make carpets and rugs. These fibers are extremely durable and naturally dirt resistant, which means that despite their organic material, a long time will pass before they start looking worn. Seagrass is also not treated with any toxic chemicals, which prevents any irritation from chemical fumes coming off the carpet. Seagrass does especially well in homes sensitive to allergens because it is made from hypoallergenic material.
Where is Seagrass Best Used?
Seagrass is durable and naturally dirt resistant, so it holds up well in high traffic areas such as living or dining rooms. It lends a natural ambience to a room and adds extra cushion underfoot that harder floors like hardwoods and laminates lack. Seagrass tends to remain a neutral color, even when dyed, so it should be used in a room where the flooring isn’t the main accent piece. Despite deriving from an aquatic plant, seagrass flooring is not well suited for damp areas as moisture can seep under the fibers and cause mold and mildew to form. Therefore, areas where spills and moisture accumulate such as bathrooms, kitchens, or basements, are not well suited for seagrass flooring.
Things to Consider
If you are looking to be environmentally conscious with your flooring but you don’t want to pay the added cost that comes with eco-friendly materials, seagrass is an excellent choice. It tends to be more affordable than sisal and jute, even though it is a stronger, more durable material. Another thing to consider is whether you will be content with the natural fiber look of seagrass because the color and weave come with limited variation.
Get Started in Franklin Township Today
If you are interested in installing seagrass in your home, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Hillsborough to see the natural flooring options we have available! We’ll bring the samples to your door in our Mobile Flooring Showroom so that you can see what works best with your home. Schedule your free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve Hillsborough, Flemington, Princeton and the surrounding areas.
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