Wool Carpets in Vancouver:
If you live in Vancouver and are considering replacing the carpet, you must first select the type of fibre your carpet is composed of. In Canada, carpet fibres are mostly made of nylon, polyester, polypropylene, SmartStrand, wool, or a combination of these fibres. Wool is the only natural fibre, and there’s nothing else like it.
Wool is one of the oldest fibres in the world. It’s also one of the softest, most durable, insulating, and renewable resources available on the planet. The quality of wool carpeting has improved tremendously since its first introduction. Today, people are more aware of their health, and choosing wool carpeting is a good way to contribute to environmental sustainability.
It’s not easy for homeowners to find the best products, so we’ve made a list of the advantages and disadvantages of wool carpets to make your choice easier.
The Benefits of Wool Carpet:
Wool: It is a natural fibre
Wool is one of the most renewable resources found on earth. So, if you want to reach a natural, chemical-free solution, wool carpet is the way to go.
Wool: It’s extremely durable
Wool carpeting is produced from short lengths of wool fibres derived from sheep. The yarn threads are combined to make the carpet tufts (the carpet tufts are made up of these yarn threads). Wool carpets have very high resilience and, when properly maintained, will stand up to decades of use.
The flexibility of wool carpet, which resists breaking down under any amount of pressure, is one of its most distinctive features. Unlike some synthetic carpet that eventually becomes matted down from heavy foot traffic or heavy objects, carpet made of natural wool springs back underfoot and underneath the weight of furniture, preserving its original stiffness and springy feeling over years of use. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about using wool carpet on your stairs. That’s usually a big concern when we’re talking about carpets made out of polyester.
Wool: It retains its colour
Wool is a beautiful fabric that retains its colour for years compared to synthetic products that can fade over time. Wool’s molecular structure allows it to soak up dyes quickly, holding the pigment in place. Therefore, the subtle shades needed can be achieved with wool carpeting because its composition allows pigments to stay put longer than other materials. In addition, wool has natural properties such as lustre and light reflection that are never quite matched by fibres of artificial origin.
Wool: It is energy efficient and comfortable
Wool’s high insulation potential is evident as an effective insulator. Wool carpets are a great way to keep your home warm during winter. The high insulation capacity of wool is apparent as soon as you enter the room; it can effectively insulate and control temperature.
Wool is one of the natural fibres that can absorb moisture from the air, temporarily fixing high humidity that mostly occurs during summer. Another advantage of wool is that static electricity doesn’t react with wool, unlike synthetic fibres, which can often cause electrostatic charges that can damage your electronic devices.
Wool: It’s easy to Clean
Wool has a natural protective coating that resists water-based spills, making up most of the common stains. From an outside perspective, individual wool fibres’ scaly structure acts as small barriers in not allowing dust and soil particles to latch onto them. These factors also inhibit the dirt from getting deep into the wool fibres.
Wool: It is environmentally friendly
Wool is an environmentally friendly fibre. Sheep have a thick new coat that must be sheared at least once a year. For each sheep, the average weight of wool it produces is over 7 pounds. In manufacturing wool carpets to save electric power, up to 1/3 less electricity is saved than it takes to produce synthetic nylon or polyester carpeting. When made into fibres, wool is a type of natural fibre that is pretty much recyclable and biodegradable and would not take up much space in landfills.
Wool: It is flame resistant
Wool carpets are naturally flame-retardant. The wool fibre holds up better against things that can ignite it as the fabric will not catch on quickly. Due to safety and convenience reasons, many public buildings often use wool carpets.
Disadvantages of Wool Carpets:
Although wool carpets are resilient, scratch-resistant, and fire-resistant, they still have some disadvantages. It’s helpful to know those as well before you go carpet shopping. Some of these include:
- It’s a food source for carpet beetles and moth larvae.
- Some detergents include alkaline chemicals that can harm wool fibres.
- Wool is more expensive than most other carpets.
- Wool is not recommended for homes with pets as the fibres can fray when exposed to sharp claws or teeth. Also, it can be difficult to clean out the litter box and/or kitty accidents in the wool carpet due to the high moisture absorbent.
New Zealand Wool:
New Zealand wool is the highest quality wool in the world. New Zealand’s climate is perfect for sheep to produce quality fleece without requiring shearing in winter. The environment doesn’t allow pests to spread, so no pesticides are used on the fields. As a result, New Zealand wool stays clean and clear. Next time you’re in the market for a new carpet, think about New Zealand wool.
Interested in Wool Carpet? Contact CANADIAN HOME STYLE
We provide full-service commercial and residential flooring solutions across the Lower Mainland with an extended warranty. We are proud members of the BC Floor Covering Association (BCFCA) and the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA). In addition, we have won the Consumer’s Choice Awards back-to-back in 2021 and 2022 for our commitment to business excellence. We are considered the highest-rated flooring experts in Metro Vancouver. We pride ourselves on holding the highest standards in the flooring industry. To uphold our high standards, we have a strict policy of “not selling or displaying any products that we wouldn’t want in our own homes.” Before we select a product to feature, we carefully assess product quality, off-gassing, warranties, and responsible sourcing. Book now to visit our North Vancouver showroom; we can help you choose the perfect floor for your home or business.
Vancouver’s Wool Carpet
Please book an appointment to visit our North Vancouver flooring showroom. One of our professional project managers would be happy to help you with your next flooring project.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the top brands of wool in greater Vancouver?
Our top recommended brands are as follows:
Are your installers in-house?
Yes, as a company, we provide the highest quality carpet installation in Metro Vancouver. Our installers are in-house, and our reputation speaks for itself.
Can you make area rugs from wool?
Yes, we can bind the carpet’s edges to create area rugs.
What is the Canadian Home Style area of coverage in British Columbia?
We offer our services in most of the Lower Mainland. Our exact areas of coverage in British Columbia are as follows:
- North Vancouver
- West Vancouver
- Port Coquitlam
- Port moody
- Maple Ridge
- New Westminster
- White Rock