Today’s homeowner wants a floor that is elegant and breathtaking, while also being as environmentally beneficial as possible. You have probably heard that bamboo is a green option, but what else can you do to follow eco friendly standards with your home flooring?
If you don’t have your heart set on hardwood floors, tile can be a great planet friendly option. Recycled glass tile looks great in modern bathroom and kitchen designs. Natural linoleum is biodegradable and is a suitable eco flooring option.
In the case that you are dead set on pursuing your hardwood flooring dream, it is best to be sure that the lumber used comes from a sustainably managed forest. Many types of trees are produced in certified forests throughout the world. In the forests biodiversity is conserved and air and water quality is preserved to promote the best environment for regeneration of trees.
The trendiest option, bamboo, is consider a green choice because it grows rapidly and is very strong and durable. Bamboo is 27% harder than Red Oak and can withstand more wear and tear than conventional hardwood floors. To top it off, the floors are naturally resistant to water, mildew, and insects. Bamboo can grow back in as quickly as 3-5 years and be ready for flooring use. To give a better idea, Moso Bamboo can grow 47 inches in a day.
If you would like more information on green flooring practices and sustainable products gives us a call or leave a comment below. When doing your next home remodel project be sure to ask if the contractor is using products from certified forests that practice sustainability.