Choosing the right flooring for your home is an important way to define the look and feel of your interior. Some homeowners look for a more earth-friendly approach to doing their floors. Below are a few ways you can get a top quality floor for your home and stay “green” while doing it.
Selecting a Flooring Material
When going green, you should always evaluate every aspect of the material you wish to install. Can it withstand your daily lifestyle? Is it durable enough? Make sure to establish the lifetime of the material to be sure that it will last you a while.
Some examples of long-lasting material for flooring are porcelain, marble and ceramic. These are more likely to last you a lifetime instead of needing a replacement after a couple of years. A hard surface is a better and more economic choice. The less often you need to replace your floors, the less you take from the environment.
The next best product in terms of durability is hardwood. Today’s hardwood floors are made with the aluminum oxide found in space shuttle tiles. The aluminum oxide makes the wood stronger, more durable and most of all, more inviting and even better looking than before. The third best product to use on your floors in terms of durability is laminate.
Nontraditional hardwoods such as cork and bamboo are preferred most by buyers because of how fast the woods can grow back; not needing to tear down other trees that more than likely will not be replaced. Cork is the easiest of the nontraditional hardwoods to harvest. Cork is harvested from the bark of a cork oak’s trunk. After a couple of years, the bark returns and the process can be repeated. When harvesting bamboo, there is no need to cut at the roots, therefore, you’re not destroying the plant. In three to five years the bamboo plant will be ready for harvesting again.
For some homeowners, traditional hardwoods floors are the only way to go. But what if you want traditional hardwood without tearing down the environment? Some companies actually replace the trees that they take from the environment, keeping the process of give and take balanced. There are also rules and regulations that many companies have to follow to have responsibly managed and successful forest programs.
Or if you want something softer, wool carpets are preferred most for their sustainability. You can also find eco-friendly carpets, made from natural fibers and even from renewable resources. An example of this carpet would be Mohawk’s SmartStand carpet, made from up to 37 percent corn.
Using reclaimed lumber for your floor has also become popular among eco-friendly buyers. Reclaimed lumber is just like recycled plastic. By using reclaimed lumber, you are decreasing the amount of trees torn down and give your home a beautiful vintage countryside look. Other companies are also reconditioning carpets by cleaning the old fibers and turning them into beautiful, new-looking carpet.
To learn more about the many flooring options for your new home, contact Parker Built Homes for more information!