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7 Eco-Friendly And Beautiful Flooring Options To Enhance Your Home

Written by on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:52 pm
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Eco-friendly materials are rapidly gaining popularity in today’s homes. Personal health and environmental concerns are turning more builders, designers, and homeowners to sustainable flooring. 

Eco-friendly flooring is cost-effective, durable, and devoid of harmful pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). Sustainable flooring is also designer-friendly. You can choose from a wide variety of sustainable materials in beautiful colors and patterns.

Try one of these 7 eco-friendly and beautiful flooring options to enhance your home: 

1) Cork: 

  • Produced from the bark of cork oak trees. 
  • Trees are not cut down to harvest the bark, which grows back every three years.
  • Provides thermal and acoustic insulation.
  • Hypoallergenic, fire-retardant, and natural insect repellant.
  • Can be finished in a variety of paints and stains.
  • Lasts 10-30 years.

2) Bamboo:

  • Grows quickly reaching maturity in 3-5 years. 
  • Naturally resistant to water, mildew, and insects.
  • Varied grains and colors offer many design options.
  • Edges out conventional hardwood flooring in durability.

3) Linoleum:

  • Made from renewable materials such as linseed oil, cork dust, pine resins, wood flour, ground limestone, and pigments placed on a burlap or canvas backing.
  • Durable, fire-retardant, and water-resistant.
  • Available in a large variety of colors.

4) Hardwood Floors:

  • Choose Forest Stewardship Council, FSC-certified lumber. 
  • The FSC promotes the conservation of biodiversity, air, and water quality of the world's forests. 
  • FSC-certified wood is available in hundreds of colors and styles.

5) Glass Tiles:

  • Made from recycled glass bottles.
  • Mildew and mold-resistant.
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Available in a wide array of colors, patterns, and finishes.

6) Rubber:

  • Flooring is made from recycled tires.
  • Water-resistant.
  • Comfortable to walk on.
  • Versatile and durable.
  • Available in many pattern and color options.

7) Green Rugs and Carpets:

  • Choose natural fibers with little to no chemical treatment.
  • Use water-based low VOC glues for carpet installation.
  • Try tacking instead of gluing carpet.
  • Consider P.E.T. Berber carpeting made from recycled plastic bottles. 
  • Berber carpeting is durable, economical, spill-resistant, and available in many color and pattern options.

Sustainable flooring is a stylish, durable, and economical choice to enhance your home. Create a naturally beautiful and healthy home with eco-friendly flooring.

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