An increasing number of homeowners and builders are focusing on using environmentally friendly building resources, and flooring is no exception. There are many green flooring options on the market today and most are priced comparably to other materials. If you’re looking for a way to love your floors and the planet, there are many green options to choose from.
Thirteen percent harder than maple, bamboo flooring is a durable wood flooring option that is very sustainable. Bamboo plants grow and spread extremely quickly, so plants harvested for flooring can be easily replaced. Unlike other woods that may need to be treated with chemicals, bamboo naturally resists water, mildew and insects, making it a durable choice. Like other woods, bamboo is available in a wide range of hues to make matching your existing decor a breeze.
To make cork flooring, cork trees are stripped of their bark, which grows back and is ready for harvest again in three years. This renewable flooring material is extremely elastic, allowing it to bounce back from marks and indentations where furniture sits or kids play. Like bamboo, cork naturally repels insects while blocking sound waves and adding a layer of insulation that keeps rooms warmer during the winter months. Cork is also hypo-allergenic and fire-resistant.
Made from recycled materials, glass floor tiles are an excellent option for going green. Glass tiles are easy to maintain, unattractive to insects and extremely durable when properly installed. They’re easy to clean and repel mildew and other stains rather than pulling them in. Glass also reflects light, making it an excellent choice for rooms that feel a little dark and need brightening.