Eco-friendly flooring options have grown considerably in recent years. In addition to bamboo, concrete and cork, you now have the additional options of sustainable wood floors and floors made of recycled material.
Concrete flooring with high fly-ash content can be an ideal eco-friendly flooring option since it doesn’t contain allergens, dust or mold. This flooring also makes use of fly-ash, which is an industrial by-product that would otherwise be wasted. Concrete flooring can be refinished with pigments or etched to provide a range of designs and colors.
Bamboo flooring provides you an eco-friendly option because it is a rapidly renewable resource. Bamboo is mature within three to five years. Oak and cherry require up to 60 years to grow to maturity. Bamboo is also durable and long-lasting, and it provides you the beauty and warmth of hardwood.
Cork flooring is a beautiful eco-friendly flooring option that has natural antibacterial qualities. While not as durable as concrete or wood flooring, it is soft and made from recycled and renewable cork.
Sustainable Hardwood Flooring
Sustainable hardwood flooring is an ideal flooring choice if you want to be good to the environment, but want more color and grain options than bamboo or cork can provide. Sustainable wood flooring is engineered flooring, made from wood fibers. It provides a renewable flooring choice.
Natural Stone Tile Floors
Natural stone tile floors are extremely long-lasting and durable, which is a key factor in green flooring options. They are easy to install and often made from recycled materials. When buying adhesives and grouts, stay green by choosing water-based, nontoxic products.
Recycled flooring is made from materials that weren’t originally eco-friendly, but the repurposing of them reduces their impact on the environment. You can buy leather, glass, rubber, and wood flooring made from 100 percent recycled products. Recycled flooring is available in a range of colors, designs and textures, and using these products prevents them from ending up in a landfill somewhere.
To install truly eco-friendly flooring, you must also consider the glues, varnishes and sealants that may be used during manufacturing and installation. The glues used during cork and bamboo floor installation can contain formaldehyde, which is not an eco-friendly option. A good rule of thumb when installing any flooring material is to use as little adhesive as possible.
Some floors, like wood or stone tiles, are less expensive than bamboo or cork, but wood flooring requires regular maintenance that can add up over time. Stone tile floors and concrete are among the most durable, outlasting cork or recycled rubber. The ideal eco-friendly flooring for you depends largely on your needs, your lifestyle, and what you can afford.
Decide today which eco-friendly flooring best suits your style by speaking with the staff of one of these flooring companies.