Years ago, images of plain, boring and bland objects immediately comes to mind when we talk of eco-friendly products. Fortunately, that’s not the case today. With more and more homeowners choosing to go green, manufacturers have stepped up their game and are trying their best to provide us with great options to choose from.
Green is beautiful. If you are thinking of ways to make your home a little greener, you might want to start with your floor. Eco-friendly floor helps create a beautiful and healthy home.
Here’s a short list of green flooring options for your home.
Antique or reclaimed hardwood flooring
If you have your heart set on traditional hardwood flooring, antique or reclaimed hardwood is a viable option.
Tropical hardwoods are durable. In fact, they are the hardest woods on the planet. However, it also means that trees would be chopped down. With this flooring option, you don’t have to worry about deforestation. Plus, the innate character of antique or reclaimed wood adds tremendous character to a room.
Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that does not require fertilizers or pesticides to thrive. Unlike wood, it only takes 3 to 5 years to reach full maturity.
Bamboo is strong and durable. It’s similarities to hardwood floor makes it a top contender in the world of flooring. Plus, it offers a modern, Asian-inspired look that will definitely look great on your loft, condo or home.
Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oat tree. These trees can be found in the Mediterranean forests. What makes this flooring option interesting is that manufacturers don’t need to cut down the tree to create cork floor. They just have to harvest the bark, and it usually grows back within 3 years.
Although relatively new to the flooring world, it is a great flooring material that usually lasts for about 10 to 30 years.