5 Popular Sustainable Flooring Options
What goes under foot is seldom an easy decision. Colour, surface texture, room usage and price all come into play. Today, greener options abound, adding to the myriad of choices already available.
“Heightened interest in incorporating renewable resources into the home has resulted in many beautiful eco-friendly flooring options,” says Alan Stewart, broker-manager with Royal LePage Sussex in North Vancouver.
For homeowners looking on the greener side, Stewart suggests a look at the many sustainable products available today:
- Give a tree another lease on life with salvaged wood flooring. A rustic look can be created with reclaimed wood. Buying reclaimed lumber continues to get easier, and in some instances, less expensive relative to the cost of new hardwoods. An Internet search under reclaimed wood, reclaimed timber or reclaimed lumber should yield results.
- Bamboo is a good option for rooms with low humidity. High abundance and a natural look make sustainable bamboo an attractive flooring option. Bamboo grows to maturity in three to five years, about a quarter of the time it takes to grow trees used for hardwood.
- Linoleum flooring has retained its popularity over decades. Unlike vinyl flooring, which is a synthetic product made of chlorinated petrochemicals, linoleum is manufactured from natural compounds including linseed oil, cork dust, tree resins and ground limestone. With natural, renewable elements used in its manufacturing, the popularity of this eco-friendly flooring option continues to rise.
- Cork flooring has many eco-friendly attributes. Like bamboo, cork is quickly renewable. It is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree and grows back every three years. Cork has anti-microbial properties to reduce allergens, is fire retardant and provides a comfortable feel under foot. Cork flooring can be finished in a variety of paints and stains to complement any room setting.
- Polyester (P.E.T.) Berber carpet is a sustainable option made of recycled plastic bottles. Anytime we can reuse these materials, we reduce the amount of new materials being manufactured and we reduce non-biodegradable materials in our landfills. Polyester Berber is spill resistant and comes in a variety of aesthetically — pleasing colours and patterns.
Whatever your home style or design, an eco-friendly flooring option does exist to complement the desired look and existing patterns. More information is available at www.royallepage.ca.