Top 5 Green Flooring Options for Your Home

Bamboo is a durable and beautiful flooring alternative for your home. Photo: By Pbroks13 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bamboo is a durable and beautiful flooring alternative for your home. Photo: By Pbroks13 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re an environment-conscious homeowner, consider using one of the following green flooring options for your next remodeling project. Eco-friendly floors are aesthetically appealing as well as environmentally responsible. Green flooring adds character to your home and, in many cases, can even help save you moneyover the alternatives.

Following are the top 5 options for green flooring.

1. Cork

Cork is one of the best options to consider when you need a new floor, and you are trying to do your part to help the environment. With cork, you are using a renewable natural resource made from the bark of a tree. You get a material that is all natural and very resilient. It can be very durable, which means that you won’t have to replace the floor often. It can also handle a little moisture better than some other options.

2. Laminate

Laminate is considered to be another green flooring option because the bulk of the material is made from wood waste. Tiny pieces of sawdust and other organic materials are pressed together with a very high amount of pressure. This makes it possible to reuse some of the waste from other products, instead of just throwing it out.

3. Reclaimed Wood

Regular hardwood is technically made from a renewable resource, although some trees are easier to grow back than others. One subsection of the market that is very environmentally friendly is reclaimed hardwood. With reclaimed hardwood, companies take wood from old buildings and use it to make a new floor. This can provide you with a very old-world look, and it keeps usable wood from being tossed into the landfill.

4. Bamboo

With bamboo, you use a material that can regrow itself in one to five years. This is much faster than a tree, and it provides an ideal material for a floor. It creates a very natural look inside a home or business. It is also durable, as bamboo is one of the hardest floor surfaces available.

Depending on your preferences, there are many different types of bamboo to choose from, giving home owners a wide variety of flooring options to create their ideal living space. Although the most common forms of bamboo are natural and caramelized, manufacturers have figured out how to add some color to the stalks. This makes it possible for you to get almost any type of color that you could possibly want for your bamboo floor. Bamboo is generally one of the more expensive floor options, and it creates a very high-end look.

5. Wool Carpet

With wool carpet, you get a material that is very soft, durable, and renewable. There are several different types of wool used for carpeting, and some of them are better than others. For example, New Zealand wool is some of the most sought after in the world.

With several options to choose from, eco-friendly flooring is well within a homeowner’s grasp. You can protect the environment and enjoy a fresh, new look when you choose a green flooring option. If you still have questions, consult your local retailer to learn more about your home-improvement options.

Rachel Kopp

Guest Writer

Blue Planet Green Living (Home Page)

Rachel Kopp writes for Sharp Floors & Granite Countertops is a flooring company in Dallas, TX, specializes in the installation of floors and countertops in residential homes and commercial businesses.

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