The most important characteristics of green carpet flooring are:
- the carpet is produced from as high a percentage of recycled materials as possible.
- the carpet floor is installed with low emitting adhesives and sealants.
- all carpet and carpet cushioning shall be Green Label Plus Certified.*
* From CRI “By selecting Green Label Plus carpet or adhesive, you are assured one of the lowest emitting products on the market, and you may be able to earn LEED, Green Globes, or Green Guide for Health Care points. To receive initial certification, carpet products undergo a 14-day testing process, as required by Section 01350 that measures emissions for a range of possible chemicals.”
The most common types of carpet flooring are:
- Cut Pile - (Cut Pile is carpet fabric composed of cut ends of pile yarn without any loops. Cutting looped carpet fibers at the top creates cut pile with the yarn bundles standing straight. Cut pile is less resistant to crushing than other types of carpet it achieves durability through the type of fiber used, density of tufts and the amount of twist in the yarn.)
- Level Loop Pile - (Level Loop Pile carpet consists of pile loops of substantially the same height and uncut, making a smooth, level surface. Level Loop Piles generally last a long time and are recommended in high traffic areas.)
- Cut and Loop Pile - (Cut and Loop Pile is basically a combination of cut ends and loops of yarn. It allows for a great variety of surface textures and colors.)
- Carpet Tile - (Carpet Tiles are much easier and layout and install making them less expensive to install and suitable to the do-it-yourself-er. It is possible to obtain a design with a lot more variety with carpet tiles since they can be mixed and matched to form a pattern. Carpet tiles are a greener solution because they can easily be replaced in individual pieces when damaged.) To see some of the available GreenGuard plus carpet tile flooring click here.