Natural vs. Synthetic: Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Home

In a previous blog post, we looked at the benefits of having carpet in your home, which included soft texture underfoot, extra warmth during cold months and even health benefits. The next thing to consider when it comes to carpets is the material. To make the decision a little easier, we have listed the pros and cons of natural and synthetic carpets so you can choose the right material to suit your space.


Natural Pros

Natural carpets are made from wool which is a renewable resource and therefore environmentally friendly. They are luxuriously soft to walk on and maintain durability for years, showing little sign of wear or discolouring. This makes them ideal for high-traffic areas as the fibres easily spring back to their original shape, increasing the lifespan. Wool also repels dirt more than synthetic carpets which may be a benefit for families with children or pets. If you suffer from allergies, wool is an excellent carpet choice as it improves the indoor air quality by absorbing toxins.


Natural Cons

The main disadvantage of wool carpets is the price. You tend to find them on the higher end of the price scale compared to synthetic as they have stronger fibres and are a high-quality carpet. Another downside of wool is that it can be sensitive to alkaline chemicals found in some detergents. This can damage or discolour the fibres.


Synthetic Pros

The most common material for synthetic carpets is nylon which is a strong, resilient material that can withstand high-traffic areas. They are easy to clean and maintain and have non-allergenic properties. Because they are artificial, nylon carpets are resistant to stains which is an advantage if your floors are prone to spillages.

Polyester is another synthetic material and although it isn’t as strong as nylon, it does share similarities such as being stain-resistance, non-allergenic and it cleans easily. Our Harold James designer range is a premium-quality polyester option that is also 100% eco-friendly.


Synthetic Cons

Nylon carpets can be susceptible to static although they can be treated to prevent this. Although they are stain-resistant, this does not apply to oil-based stains which can discolour the carpet if not treated immediately.

Polyester carpets may incur crimp loss or show signs of pilling and matting in high footfall areas. Like nylon, they also react badly to oil-based stains.


For more help with choosing the right carpet for your space, contact our highly trained representatives at Floormania or visit us in Caringbah, Kensington or Concord.

What is Natural Impressionist Vinyl Plank?

Many people remember vinyl flooring as being outdated, cheap-looking and old-fashioned. However, over recent years vinyl has taken on a whole new look and is fast becoming one of the most popular options in the flooring market. Realising that many homeowners long for the look of real hardwood, Hurfood Flooring developed the Natural Impressionist Vinyl range to replicate the beauty of natural hardwood at a fraction of the cost.


How Does it Replicate Timber?

Thanks to technological advances, Impressionist Vinyl planks are produced using photo-realism images of traditional timber, enabling them to mimic the incredible aesthetics of solid hardwood.


What Colours are Available?

The Natural Impressionist range comes in 8 different shades:

  1. Amber – a combination of coffee hues and light browns to give a room depth.  
  2. Cinnabar – darker shades of chocolate mix with traces of grey creating a stylish appearance.
  3. Desert Rose – neutral, light tones open up cramped rooms and can be paired with bold furniture colours.
  4. Jasper – an assortment of browns are accompanied with gnarls and grain patterns for a realistic timber feel.
  5. Jet – stray from traditional to contemporary with these grey and brown combinations.
  6. Mica – hues of white, grey and tan coupled with prominent grain patterns will add space and light to small rooms.
  7. Obedian – warm tones of toffee, grey and tan add elegance and depth to any room.
  8. Zircon – with shades of tan mingled with soft grey, this colour is great at reflecting light and gives a room some modern flair.


How Can it be Installed?

These vinyl planks are incredibly easy to install over most flat, dry substrates using the Välinge patented licensed click system. This means no glue, no mess and no hand tools needed. With two layers of PVC Calcium Carbonate core and a high tensile fiberglass layer inserted between, the Natural Impressionist planks strong, durable and extremely stable making them a great flooring choice for your home.


What are the Benefits?

Vinyl is a waterproof material, making it a practical solution for moisture-rich areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. Underfoot, the planks are quiet and comfortable to walk on as well as being non-slip. They are a cost-effective and hard-wearing, suitable for residential, office and commercial spaces.


To find out more about the Natural Impressionist Vinyl range, you can view the brochure here or speak to one of our flooring professionals in-store or online at Floormania.