Eco-friendly flooring is on the rise and if you’ve been reading about trends, you’re likely to know all about cork and bamboo. But just because you want a softer flooring option doesn’t mean that you can’t participate in the global-conscious movement. We at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch Houston, TX are here to tell you there is a solution to your global-conscious worries: seagrass carpeting.
Seagrass is a natural plant fiber coming from the paddy fields of China. It is planted and then harvested when the area floods with salt water, and then it is dried out and stripped for weaving. The fibers range in color from dark to light brown and are normally woven to highlight the beautiful contrast of the colors. Seagrass is a readily renewable resource and is 100% biodegradable.
In Your Home
Smooth and supportive, seagrass would be great for bedrooms, living rooms, or anywhere people are likely to kick their shoes off and relax. While not recommended for use outdoors or in rooms that accumulate a lot of moisture, it is a natural insulator that will keep your home warmer in the winter and could save you money on your energy bill. Additionally, during the hot and humid Spring Valley summers, the natural feel of the material will keep you cooler than synthetic competitors.
The seagrass fibers are nearly impenetrable, making them antibacterial and resistant to stains or discoloration. While this is a great feature for carpeting, it also cannot be dyed any other colors. The fibers are naturally light brown or golden in color, often with a green hue that fades with time. The neutral color is sure to match any home, but if you’re looking for a bold colored carpet, seagrass may not be for you. However, the beautiful and intricate patterns of the weave will create enough of a statement all on its own.
Seagrass carpeting is new to the conversation, but the eco-friendly benefits make it deserving of much more attention. Not every home wants the density of hardwood, and seagrass is a great way to embrace sustainability without sacrificing the comfort of carpet.
Your local experts at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch Houston, TX would love to speak with you more about these options at a free in-home consultation and estimate. Call us today and make your Spring Valley home better for the earth!
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