Eco-Flooring: Various Accessible Options

by Owner on March 15, 2010

There are several types of eco-friendly flooring that are easily accessible to homeowners throughout the US. Eco-friendly or sustainable flooring is not only good for the environment; it’s also good for you and your family. Some eco-flooring options cost a bit more than conventional flooring options. However, the many benefits of eco-flooring outweigh the slightly higher costs.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast-growing grass. It quickly reaches maturity and replenishes itself, making it an extremely sustainable flooring option. Bamboo is strong and durable. It is stronger than many hardwood floors and is available in a variety of colors, including earth tones and caramelized colors. Bamboo flooring is also water-resistant, making it a great bathroom flooring option. It is slightly less expensive than hardwood flooring.

Concrete

Concrete Flooring

Concrete flooring is an increasingly popular eco-flooring choice. Concrete floors are eco-friendly for several reasons: They use less energy in production compared to any other flooring type; no trees need to be cut down; concrete is recyclable and concrete floors do not contain harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds), as many synthetic carpets do. Concrete floors also have energy-saving capabilities. They can make you feel cooler in the summer, so there is less of a need to use the air conditioning. During the winter, concrete floors absorb the heat from the sun, helping to keep your home warm.

Cork

Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree which can be stripped every 10 years without harm to the tree. Cork has some great characteristics: It is durable, provides thermal and acoustic insulation and is rot and fire resistant. It also has a soft texture, making it very comfortable to stand on. Many cork floors are guaranteed for 15 years when they have been layered with a UV-cured acrylic. Cork flooring does not require professional installation.

Bamboo Flooring

Natural Linoleum

Natural linoleum is made from linseed oil and pine resin, which are natural, renewable resources. Unlike conventional linoleum flooring, natural linoleum does not contain harmful VOCs and other toxic chemicals. It has some great qualities, including stain resistance, water resistance and durability. Homeowners should be aware that natural linoleum floors have a distinct smell of linseed oil, which may irritate sensitive people. However, there are health benefits to installing natural linoleum, including that it’s asthma and allergy-friendly in that it’s easy to clean and does not attract dust.

Recycled Rubber Tiles

Recycled rubber floor tiles are a fantastic flooring option. This flooring type is considered eco-friendly not only because it is recycled, but also because it requires very little energy to produce. Rubber flooring is especially favored by families with young children for several reasons: It is sound absorbent, durable, stain-resistant, easy to clean and easy to install.

Terrazzo Flooring

Cork Flooring

Terrazzo flooring has been used for centuries but has recently experienced a renewal as more homeowners are searching for green flooring choices. 95% of recycled glass terrazzo is made from waste glass. The remaining portion is made of epoxy or cement, which does not contain VOCs. Terrazzo flooring is easy to maintain and long-lasting. Typically, installation consists of pouring and finishing into place. It can also be installed by laying individual tiles down.

Wool Carpets

Wool carpets provide an eco-friendly carpeting option for those who like carpet but do not want to harm the environment. The production of most synthetic carpets produces toxic fumes resulting from the petroleum-based ingredients and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used in their production. Wool is a sustainable, natural resource which makes it an eco-friendly choice. It is also 100% biodegradable. Many wool carpets are made with a natural jute backing.

Today’s guest post is courtesy of Marcy Tate, a home improvement blogger at Networx.

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