Posted July 17, 2013 by Gabriel Posternak

Eco-Friendly Flooring Options

When it comes to green remodeling, everything from floor to ceiling in eco-friendly materials is a possibility. Types of flooring from cork to repurposed wood are available to today’s home owner.

Going green and becoming eco-friendly is not only a trend these days; it is a smart option – for saving money and preserving the environment. In the beginning of the going green era, most individuals did so as a way and a means to preserve the planet. Now, however, homeowners and business owners alike are jumping on the bandwagon. Going green and being eco-friendly is important to everyone and saves homeowners money as well.

Eco-friendly flooring offers various types of flooring with different benefits. Below are a few options to consider:

• Repurposed wood • Cork • Tile • Linoleum • Wool or cotton throw rugs • Bamboo

Hardwood Flooring

The Forest Stewardship Council is responsible for overseeing the management and preservation of forests. The Forest Stewardship Council can assist in making certain that lumber comes from a sustainable managed forest. Thankfully, eco-friendly flooring comes in a variety of types of flooring, with different shades and styles giving a home or business owner many options. When you use hardwood flooring that comes from a sustainable managed forest, you are saving the environment; however, you are getting the all-natural beauty and sturdy durability of hard wood.

Tile and Linoleum

All-natural linoleum flooring as well as glass tile flooring is a wonderful option for eco-friendly flooring. Glass flooring utilizes recycling methods while all-natural linoleum utilizes the biodegradable factor. Tile and linoleum are useful in just about any room of the house and are decorative, as well.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring has become one the fastest growing trends for eco-friendly flooring. Bamboo is not only beautiful; it offers many other benefits including:

• Durable • Water and mildew resistant • Highly sustainable

The use of bamboo flooring allows you to bring the natural setting of the outdoors into your home.

Cork

Cork is another popular option for certain areas of flooring. Cork is easy on the feet and, for some, eases pressure of back strain for those who need to stand for longer periods of time. Cork is highly sustainable coming from the bark of the cork oak tree. Cork offers many benefits such as:

• Fire resistant • Dust resistant • Scuff resistant • Comfortable • Sustainable • A natural insect repellant

What you put down for your flooring option is just as important as what you put on top of your eco-friendly flooring. There are many types of flooring covers, such as wool and cotton throw rugs, that are attractive, sustainable, and easy to maintain, as well.

These are just a few of the many types of flooring options available for your eco-friendly flooring choices.

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