4 Eco-Friendly Flooring Options
If you are thinking of ways to make your house a little greener, the answer might be right under your feet.
Antique or reclaimed wood flooring is simply wood that has been removed from old buildings and other structures. Typically, it’s then inspected, kiln-dried and re-sawn. If needed, new tongue-and-groove joints are worked into the sides to create a snug fit. The innate history and character of reclaimed wood often adds tremendous character to a room.
Another popular green product is cork flooring. Cork is made from the bark of cork oaks and can be harvested without harming the tree itself. Cork flooring is naturally mold-, mildew- and termite-resistant, and it acts as a thermal and acoustic insulator. It also has a certain amount of give, which makes it comfortable to walk and stand on. It works well in kitchens, where people tend to spend a lot of time standing.
Bamboo is another excellent example of a renewable plant resource. Bamboo plants grow quickly and require minimal pesticides and fertilizers. Bamboo flooring is harder than both maple and red oak and is naturally resistant to water, mildew, and insects.
If you prefer carpet, you’ve got plenty of eco-friendly options. Some carpets are made from recycled plastic bottles or other recycled materials. Other carpet products can be recycled into new carpet repeatedly, so they don’t end up in landfills.
Besides recycled products, consider carpet made from natural materials, such as wool or sisal with little or no chemical treatment.
The floor of a home provides one of the largest surface areas to work with. The changes you make there can affect the health of the home, your family and the environment for many years to come.