One of the growing trends in home building in recent years is going green. Using eco-friendly, sustainable, and renewable building materials is an increasingly desirable option as people think more and more about their impact on the world around them. When it comes to ecofriendly flooring, the reigning kings of green flooring are bamboo and cork. But there’s been a growing interest in sustainable and renewable carpeting options as well. Carpets and rugs made from plant fibers are an excellent way to bring a natural, clean look to your home, while also knowing that you’re doing your part for the environment. There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to natural fiber rugs though, so that’s why Floor Coverings International of Largo, Seminole & Clearwater, FL has this comparison of two of the most popular natural fiber carpeting options on the market: Sisal and Jute.
Appearance and Texture
Both sisal and jute rugs have the characteristic look of natural fiber carpeting, coming in neutral shades of beige, tan, and brown. Jute though, tends to be slightly darker in color, tending more toward brown, while sisal is often lighter in color, usually coming in off-white or creamy beige tones. In terms of texture, sisal can be quite tough to the touch, while Jute on the other hand, is very smooth.
Sisal is definitely the winner in terms of durability. While jute rugs can hold up well, sisal is much better suited to high traffic areas within your home. This means that if you’re looking for a carpet runner for your entry way, or rugs for your den or living room, sisal is probably the best bet. Jute is perfectly fine for lower traffic rooms such as bedrooms though.
Jute tends to be less expensive than sisal, so if you’re trying to be eco-friendly on a budget, this option is probably your best bet. This is primarily because sisal tends to be of a slightly higher quality than jute though, so keep in mind that you might be making a trade off in that regard.
Both sisal and jute rugs and carpets are very low maintenance. They require only light sweeping or shaking and the occasional vacuuming in order to stay looking spick and span for a long time to come.
Whether you think jute or sisal is right for your home, give Floor Coverings International of Largo, Seminole, and Clearwater, FL a call for all of your flooring needs!
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