With today's emphasis on protecting the environment, homeowners and builders are looking for ways to go green when building and remodeling their homes. One way to make your home greener is through the flooring you use. What are the three greenest floor options?
What Makes It Green?
There are a few requirements needed for material to be considered green. The material that the flooring is made up of has to be something that grows and spawns quickly. It also has to be recyclable. Also, the material has to be produced from an environmentally-friendly manufacturer and the pollution created from shipping the material should be low.
One of the greenest flooring types you can put in your home is a cork floor. This wood is made from the bark of a cork oak, which grows back every 3 years, making it renewable. Cork flooring is great for insulation. This keep energy costs to heat and cool your home lower. For anyone who suffers from home pathogen-induced allergies, like dust, this type of flooring is hypo-allergenic. Cork flooring can also be made out of recycled wine corks.
Bamboo flooring is also considered one of the greenest hardwood flooring options, because it grows and reproduces so fast. The only drawback to using bamboo for the environmentally-conscious buyer is it is typically made in China. The pollution created from shipping from China should be considered.
However, there are a lot of benefits to bamboo that may outweigh the pollution angle. One of the greener things about bamboo is the entire plant is not used. This leaves behind enough that there is no need to replant, and it will come back on its own. Also, pesticides are rarely used on bamboo crops since the plant has a natural bug repellent.
Linoleum has been around for a very long time and has been a green option since before 'going green' was ever a thing. Linoleum is made of all-natural materials that are easily found and accessible, making it a great renewable product. Another green bonus of linoleum is that it is biodegradable and recyclable and will not harm the environment.
If you want to make your home as green as you possibly can, but are not sure where to start to make the changes, your floors will be a great place to start. Not only are there some beautiful options, but you will also be helping the environment.Share
30 September 2015
When we started renovating our home, I knew that it was going to be a long process. By the time we got to the flooring, I was tired of making big decisions. Part of me just wanted to give up and let the contractor choose something that he thought would mesh well with the rest of the paint colors. However, I realized that since I would be living with the flooring for awhile, I should really take the time to choose. I spent a few weeks evaluating different flooring samples, and I ended up going with a really nice travertine. This blog is all about finding the right flooring for your home.