Natural and renewable flooring options have become exceptionally popular in the past decade, with the growing emphasis on sustaining the environment. There are plenty of natural flooring materials available today, including bamboo and cork, which are some of the more well-known options. Natural fiber carpeting is growing in popularity though, with coir being a material on the rise. At Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, we understand that our customers care about the environment, which is why we want to help you decide if natural coir carpeting is a good option for your home.
Coir carpet flooring is a great alternative to traditional, synthetic carpet options such as nylon, especially when looking for a natural fiber that is environmentally friendly. Coir carpeting actually comes from the husks of coconuts, and its characteristic toughness and dark brown, shaggy appearance reflect its origins. Most coir that is used in carpeting comes from India, produced out of coconut palms that grow along India’s waterways. The natural fibers are generally a bit harder than other fibers, and in order to soften them, they are soaked in water for months, and then beaten by hand. This traditional manufacturing process, completed by hand, also cuts down on coir’s carbon footprint, since there are no big factories involved in the process.
Coir flooring is tightly woven, making this type of flooring extremely strong. Because of its strength, coir flooring will hold up against daily abuse in areas of high foot traffic. In fact, coir is so tough that it is most commonly used as a material for door mats. The way this material is made however, it must be installed by professionals, such as our experts at FCI Vancouver and Portland, OR. Hiring experts like ours makes the installation process a piece of cake.
Coir flooring has a few other advantages. The natural fibers have a rustic look, giving your home a countryside atmosphere. Coir flooring is also hypoallergenic, making this the perfect type of flooring for anyone with constant allergies. Another benefit coir offers is moisture resistance, something which is hard to come by in natural fiber carpets. This type of flooring can become damp without getting damaged from the moisture.
At Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR, our experts want to arm you with the information you need in order to make the right decision for you and your home. Call today to schedule a free in-home consultation; we’ll bring the samples to you!
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