The PROS and CONS of Outdoor Rug Fibers

When shopping for an outdoor rug there are two fiber categories to choose from, synthetic and natural. Depending on your style and environment you should be able to make a decision pretty easily on which fiber is best for you. In this week’s Bockrath Blog we tackle the pros and cons of synthetic and natural fibers for outdoor rugs.

Synthetic Fibers (man-made fibers)

PRO: Synthetic fibers can get wet and will dry easily making them great for outdoor areas exposed to all weather conditions. (Clean up is easy, just hose that sucker down!)

CON: Although synthetic fibers are available in the same colors, styles, and patterns as indoor rugs they will not feel as soft and plush.

PRO: Synthetic fibers, such as polypropylene, are stain, mold and mildew resistant.

CON: Synthetic fibers lose color vibrancy if not UV-treated. (Remember to look for this if you’re planning to put your outdoor rug in a sunny spot!)

PRO: Synthetic fiber rugs are lightweight and typically inexpensive.

Natural Fibers (Sisal, Jute, and Bamboo)

PRO: Natural fibers like sisal, jute, and bamboo are great for the environment when made into goods like rugs.

CON: Sisal and jute rugs are likely to mold and mildew if left in wet environments. These fibers are best in dry outdoor areas such as sunrooms and screened in porches.

PRO: Bamboo rugs can be in all outdoor environments and are easily cleaned with a mop or rag. (Bamboo for the win!)

CON: These natural fibers are woven and can feel course and rough to the touch.

PRO: When weaved into different patterns these rugs create beautiful textures.

In the Bockrath showroom we offer the largest selection of carpeting and flooring in Southern Ohio. Visit the showroom and explain your needs to our Sales Consultants, they’ll lead you to the best options for your project. If you can’t find the shape, size, or style you need you can customize the perfect rug in the Bockrath Custom Rug Studio!