Eco-Friendly Flooring Materials

Designers who prefer eco-friendly materials are increasing nowadays as well as the homeowners who is an are advocates of using environmentally friendly materials.

At present, these designers have stepped up and given the design world many beautiful options to choose from. Here are some of the most popular eco-flooring solutions:

Cork

Cork is great material for floors.  Cork is gathered from the bark of the cork oak tree. This is often found in the forests of the Mediterranean. This is an ideal renewable source as the trees are not cut down just to gather the bark, which will grow back every three years. Cork has many uses: The antimicrobial property of cork aids in reducing allergens in the home; not readily susceptible to fire; needs simple maintenance and operates as a natural insect repellent. Like wood, cork can be polished off in a variety of paints and stains to adjust on any color scheme or design style homeowners prefers.  It allows for uses in any part of the house for its durability aesthetic.

Bamboo

Bamboo is actually a grass that serves similar characteristics as hardwood and it’s not a wood as most people would think. Bamboo is a durable material and is easy to maintain. Formed from natural vegetation that grows to maturity in three to five years,  bamboo is sustainable. This is far less than the twenty years trees can take. Bamboo is available in many hues that will work in any setting or decor while the material is usually very light and easy to handle. It provides it an edge over traditional flooring by letting for customization not often found elsewhere as bamboo’s varied grains and a wide array of colors.

Concrete

Another flooring material that is gaining in popularity is the polished concrete which is an unlikely sustainable material. In some residential environment, concrete is usually slab on grade and used as a subflooring. There is no need for traditional flooring to be put over it once it is polished and tinted to the homeowner’s taste and demand. Designing possibilities are endless for concrete just like creating a tiled effect with different colors to inlaying other materials such as glass. Concrete flooring is easy to clean and in no way needs to be replaced and it is extremely durable.