Synthetic vs. natural flooring- what is better?

The environmental-friendly path- why or why not?

In times like these, we all know that every choice we make should be environmentally responsible on our part. However, doing so is not possible at all times, especially due to financial and practical constraints. Additionally, not all natural and sustainable products act as a better option in comparison to synthetic alternatives- choosing the ‘natural option’ has become more of a trend now, and knowing where to draw the line is important. Just like everything else, choosing between synthetic and natural flooring also comes with its own pros and cons on each side.

Synthetic Flooring

One of the biggest benefits in choosing synthetic flooring lies in the fact that these are more affordable than the natural alternatives. Synthetic materials used in flooring are also highly durable due to the improved technology and design techniques that are involved. These are also easier to clean and maintain, because their treatment with various soil guards as well as repellents makes them resistant to stains.  This kind of flooring also lasts longer, since it can cope up with high-traffic places and not require frequent replacements. Replacement whenever needed, is also relatively cheaper.

While all these benefits may make them sound as the perfect option, these do come at a huge cost to the environment. Synthetic materials are not sustainable and biodegradable, which makes them a hazard to the environment. These are also more likely to have substances that may trigger any allergy or respiratory condition.

Natural Flooring

The biggest advantage of using natural flooring, apart from its unmatched quality and beauty, lies in the fact that these are obtained from sustainable resources, and are also biodegradable- thus ensuring that these substances will not add to the problem of waste pollution. They are also resistant to bacteria, stains and insects naturally, without any special treatments.

Natural flooring is, however, susceptible to damage, and maintaining the appearance of this kind of flooring can often be quite difficult. The amount of choice and variety that you have while looking for natural floor materials is limited. The surface is also highly susceptible to damage arising from the natural properties of the materials or fibers used.

For most people, selecting synthetic flooring over natural is about choosing their convenience above ethics. The final decision that you take should not depend on a single factor- but on your practical needs, lifestyle as well as aesthetic and ethical preferences that you have.