If a home remodeling project is emerging, consider replacing the existing floors with more environmentally friendly flooring. Not only is this floor sustainable, it’s beautiful, and there is a floor option for every homeowner’s budget. Here is a list of the top ten flooring ideas that are guaranteed to look great in any room.
Cork is a softwood material that comes from the cork oak. It has a softer and warmer feel when you walk on it. It’s also low maintenance, antimicrobial, antifungal, and hypoallergenic. Cork is environmentally friendly because it can be harvested without cutting the tree and it can be harvested every nine years.
Natural stone floors
Environmentally friendly stone floors consist of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. The stones can be used to create a unique look as no two stones are completely identical. Stone is also a type of flooring that looks better as it ages. It also resists mold, mildew, and is antimicrobial.
Bamboo is a grass with wood-like properties. It lasts a long time and withstands the wear and tear of regular use. Bamboo floors are also available in different colors. Bamboo grows back faster than traditional wood. Many bamboo growers do not use pesticides or fertilizers that pollute the soil to grow bamboo.
Polished concrete floor
Polished concrete has become a popular choice for floors in many homes and businesses. Polished concrete has numerous health benefits. There is no accumulation of dust and it is antifungal. Unlike carpets and other floor coverings, concrete does not use many natural resources and produces very little waste. Another environmental benefit of concrete floors is that less energy is required to heat and cool a house. Concrete has the ability to store and absorb heat.
Linoleum is easy to clean and easy to install. It is made up of resources that are both renewable and natural. Green linoleum products are typically made from materials such as linseed oil and wood flour. No toxins are used in the preparation of this soil. As an added benefit, linoleum is durable and biodegradable.
Glass tile floors can be made from sand and other types of recyclable materials. The tiles come in many different colors and can be used to create unique floor patterns. Glass is strong and can support significant weight depending on the size and type of tile. One disadvantage of glass is the fact that it can be slippery and objects can break if they fall on the floor.
Wood is a popular form of flooring. Reclaimed wood floors use wood that has been removed from old houses and buildings. It is cleaned and dried for reuse. The type of flooring can add character and wealth to a home. Even if homeowners are given the option to reduce the need to fell more wood.
Epoxy floors are another environmentally friendly flooring option. It can be placed over existing floors and easily installed. Epoxy flooring is easy to clean, durable and attractive. Many epoxies do not contain solvents. The environmentally friendly types are made from organic resins and natural stones.
If carpet is the desired material for the floors, wool carpets can be the solution. Pure wool is made from 100 percent natural materials. The back of the rug is natural too and is usually made from hemp, jute, and cotton. Natural wool does not contain pesticides, artificial colors and is resistant to dust mites and bacteria.
Certified wood from the Forest Stewardship Council
If reclaimed wood is not a viable option, use wood that is sourced from sustainable resources. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council Certified Wood) comes from supplies that have an environmentally friendly approach to timber harvesting. They replant harvested trees, protect the environment and do not add pollutants to the area. FSC-certified wood is offered in the same types of wood as non-certified types of wood.
Remodeling a home can be a fun experience. There are several options to choose from to achieve the look you want. The ten floor coverings are a great idea for anyone looking to replace their floors. They’re not just beautiful choices; They help to reduce the negative impact of a renovation project on the environment.
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