Carpet Works for Work
The beauty, performance, value, and sustainability of carpet make it the right choice for schools, healthcare facilities, offices, and shopping spaces. Carpeted floors cushion the impact of slips and falls, dampen unwanted noise, and make it easier to learn and concentrate. Today’s carpets are environmentally friendly, engineered to resist staining and fading, and withstand even heavy foot traffic along with providing numerous other benefits.
Offers Design Flexibility
Whether you’re choosing broadloom or carpet tile, carpet is easy to customize in any facility. You can choose from many thousands of carpet styles and colors to create a work environment that reflects your organization’s corporate culture. In an educational or health-related setting, you can use calming colors to provide a good environment for healing or learning.
Many offices today have open area systems where phone conversations and frequent employee interactions can be distracting. Carpet helps increase employee productivity by absorbing sounds and improving acoustics. Adding cushion beneath a carpet reduces noise even further. Carpet also works as a sound barrier between floors by blocking sound transmission to spaces below. Plus, carpet on stairs helps mask the sound of constant foot traffic.
Cushions Slips and Falls
Carpet is ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and falls, and minimizing injuries when falls do occur. While it provides safety protection for everyone, it’s particularly helpful for youngsters at schools or the elderly at facilities like hospitals or nursing homes.
Provides Warmth and Comfort
Carpet provides insulation and thermal resistance (R-value). In colder climates or seasons, it retains warm air longer, providing energy conservation. Carpet creates a comfortable environment in which to work and gives a space a warmer overall feeling.
Meets Green Building Standards
Carpet systems approved by CRI’s Green Label Plus indoor air quality standard can contribute one full Indoor Environmental Quality Credit to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ratings of the U.S. Green Building Council. Similarly, the Green Guide for Health Care awards one point to healthcare facilities that install Green Label Plus carpet. Furthermore, Green Label Plus carpet is used as a specification standard for the American Lung Association’s Healthy Home program, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), and the state of California.
Certified to Have Low VOCs
Carpet is the lowest VOC emitter of common floor choices, and requires fewer cleaning chemicals than other floor coverings. CRI’s Green Label Plus standard has brought those VOCs down even more. In addition, carpet also contributes to indoor air quality by trapping allergens and other particles so they can be easily vacuumed away.
The Lowest Emitter of VOCs
Carpet has the lowest level of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions of common flooring choices. In fact, it’s one of the lowest emitting products used in new construction and renovation. What VOCs new carpet emits are short-lived and largely dissipate within 24 to 48 hours – even faster with fresh air ventilation.
CRI’s Green Label Plus standards, which have been adopted across the industry, serve as the benchmark for low VOC emissions. The Green Label Plus symbol indicates:
- The manufacturer voluntarily participates in the program.
- The manufacturer is committed to developing ways to minimize any adverse effects on indoor air quality.
- A representative sample of the product type is tested by an independent laboratory and meets the highest established emissions requirements.
Saves Money Over Time
Carpet will maintain its life and beauty for many years when properly cleaned and maintained. In terms of both labor and cleaning supplies, carpet saves you money over the long run.
ANCHOR – Carpet and Health
Carpet and Health
Carpet Keeps Allergens Out of the Air
Many believe carpet to be negative for asthma and allergies; however, the opposite is true. Research has consistently shown that carpet actually improves indoor air quality in a number of ways. It acts like a trap, keeping dust and allergens out of the air we breathe. Simply put, what falls to the carpet (dust, pet dander, and many other particles) tends to stay trapped until it is removed through vacuuming or extraction cleaning. Smooth floor surfaces allow dust and other allergens to collect and re-circulate into the breathing zone.
Carpet Puts You on Safer Ground
Carpets and rugs provide better traction than other flooring options, which prevent falls. This is true everywhere, but even more important in areas where there is a lot of rain and snow. And if falls do happen, the softer surface reduces their impact. Whether you are in a business, school, hospital, or other facility, fewer falls and less severe injuries are one more reason carpet is a choice you can feel good about.
Less Noise, More Productivity
Carpet is significantly more efficient at reducing noise when compared with other flooring options. So everyone from employees to students gets a quieter, less distracting environment where they hear more, concentrate better, and perform their best.