As I mentioned in the first part of this article 'Introduction to Preserved Trees', preserved trees are only allowed to be placed indoors. So when we do this comparison it's important to take into account that we'll only talk about trees that are to be placed indoors.
We'll cover these two subjects: budget and quality. Artificial and preserved trees both don't need any maintenance, except for removing dust, which means maintenance costs are pretty much € 0,-. Why would you then still choose a preserved tree over an artificial one? The answer comes down to two things: budget and quality. What are you looking for quality-wise and what are you willing to spend? Artificial trees are cheaper but it's easy to see that it is an artificial tree, not a real one. Preserved trees are more expensive than artificial ones, but they won't be distinguished from a living tree, because of its preservation process. If you're looking for 100% natural quality, preserved trees are your option.
If the budget is not a point of discussion, then the choice is between a living and a preserved tree. We know that living trees need maintenance. They need watering systems, sunlight installations, grooming, pruning and replacing to keep the tree alive and representative. It's easy to understand that a living tree will be the most costly choice between these two. A preserved tree doesn't need any maintenance, as mentioned before. Even if the budget is not a problem, then why would you choose a more expensive option, a living tree and maintaining it? When you can choose the same natural quality, but saving in costs?
There is only one argument, and this is a question that we get a lot. It's about the 'fresh air' and oxygen that trees produce for us. You'll find the full explanation of this subject in our blog 'Do Preserved Trees and Green Walls Produce Oxygen?' because this page is already becoming pretty lengthy. The short answer to this argument is: the oxygen a living tree produces does not affect you that you thought it would. There are positive psychological effects on what greenery does to you, which is in this case the most important factor. Positive effects are for example:
1) Less stress
2) More productivity
3) Better concentration
4) Less absenteeism.
For these effects to happen, the greenery does not have to be alive. It just needs to be green.