There is an urgent need to protect the environment for the present and future generations. By choosing to use eco-friendly flooring materials, you contribute to the fight against climate change. Technology advancements and creativity mean you can use sustainable materials without compromising style. Below are some of the eco-friendly flooring options suitable for different designs.
Many people tend to confuse linoleum flooring with vinyl flooring even though they are quite different. Vinyl is made of synthetic materials, but linoleum is made with a concoction of tree resin, linseed oil, pigments, cork dust, ground limestone, and wood flour. For many years, the introduction of vinyl lowered the demand for linoleum; however, in recent years, it has re-emerged in vibrant colors with a new sealer that prevents staining. It is durable, resistant to tear and water and has a cushioning effect. Today, the material enjoys popularity as an eco-friendly and durable flooring product because of the renewable and natural raw materials. It is an appealing choice for designers and architects looking for sustainable materials that come in various styles.
Bamboo adds value to real estate because it is not only attractive, but it’s also made from natural materials. It is similar to hardwood; however, unlike most trees, the grass matures quickly. A tree will take a minimum of 20 years, but bamboo requires just three to five years. Also, it is more sustainable because of repeated harvesting. Bamboo provides greater resistance to damage than other types of flooring because it is durable, like many hardwoods, and a bit more resistant to water. It is lightweight and available in different hues so that it can fit in various decor styles. It also comes in many colors and grains, making it more customizable than traditional flooring materials.
Although it is mainly used for walls or for sealing wine, cork is also an excellent option for flooring. Its production comes from harvesting it from the cork oak, which is a tree that grows mainly in the Mediterranean. The best part is that harvesting does not require cutting down the tree, and it also typically re-grows in three years, making it eco-friendly. It is naturally insect-repellent, minimizes allergens in your house due to its antimicrobial features, is easy to maintain, and also retardant to fire. You can also paint it in different colors to suit your decor. It can serve you for 10 to 30 years based on its quality.
If you’re thinking of replacing your floors, there are lots of materials like these that not only look great but also are friendly to the environment. Since you can reuse and recycle eco-friendly flooring materials, it also saves you money on operations and maintenance. So the next time you replace your floors, give one of these materials a shot.
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