Flooring options have evolved over time to match the taste and meet the needs of eco-friendly clients. Designers are interested in working with environmentally friendly materials and are embracing non-traditional materials to give their clients what they are looking for in their homes.
Here are some of the most popular eco-friendly flooring solutions!
Bamboo is a grass that shares many characteristics with hardwood. It is a sustainable, environmentally friendly choice since it is a natural vegetation that grows to maturity within three-five years, much faster than trees. Bamboo flooring looks similar to hardwood and is durable and easy to maintain. Additionally, bamboo is available in many different hues and may give you some wider variety of colors and grains to choose from.
- Reclaimed Hardwood
Reclaimed hardwood may not be a traditional eco-friendly choice since it does involve a tree being chopped down, but is an option to recycle or upcycle hardwood that has already had another use. Salvaged wood flooring is a great option for restoring an older house or small cottage.
Another form of recycled flooring is a rubber floor. You may have seen rubber floors on the playground or at the gym due to its hardiness and water resistance. This flooring is made from upcycled rubber tires and is a great option for surfaces like the bathroom which are prone to getting wet. Rubber is available in many colors and styles and may be a unique but practical option for your home.
You may be familiar with the cork in your wine bottle, but this same material can also be used as a flooring option. Cork comes from the bark of a cork oak tree. The tree is not cut down, only the bark is harvested, and the tree will grow the bark back in three years. This process makes cork a highly sustainable resource. Cork is fire retardant, easy to maintain, and durable. Cork floors will last between 10 and 30 years and can be painted or stained to match your home design scheme. Additionally, cork is also a natural insect repellant and contains anti-microbial properties, which helps to reduce the allergens in your home. Cork is a new but exciting option in flooring!
Linoleum is a very old flooring material that has been making a reappearance. Although it fell out of favor in the 1940’s with the introduction of vinyl, linoleum is an environmentally conscious choice since it is made out of linseed oil, cork dust, tree resins, wood flour, and ground limestone. Vinyl is a synthetic substance made of chlorinated petrochemicals. Linoleum is fire retardant, water resistant and very durable. It is available in many different colors and is sealed which helps to protect it from stains.
Looking for an option for your home? Schedule a consultation with one of our flooring specialists today!