Green Flooring Options
Cork has the advantage of being a naturally renewable material. It is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, which grows back after being harvested. As a flooring choice, it provides insulation against heat and cold. This naturally beautiful flooring choice repels mold, as well as bugs and mites. It is available in a variety of colours and patterns.
Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that has a harvest cycle of between three and five years. The flooring is a long-lasting option; some brands will last for up to 25 years. Bamboo flooring can be installed over several types of subfloors, including wood, plywood, or vinyl tile. It’s easy to maintain; simply sweep or vacuum it to get rid of small particles. It can also be damp mopped or cleaned with a hardwood or bamboo floor cleaner.
Linoleum is made from oxidized linseed oil, which is made from flax plants. It is available in a number of colours and its production does not have a negative impact on the environment. Linoleum floors wear very well and can last for between 25-40 years once installed.
Hardwood is a natural product that is being renewed on a constant basis. Not only is it completely biodegradable, but it can be recycled at the end of its life for other flooring projects. If you ever get tired of the colour you have selected, you can sand the floor down and have it refinished. (If you have invested in one of the more expensive hard woods like oak, walnut, or cherry, you probably will not want to have your floor sanded and refinished, though.) Hardwood floors are popular with potential buyers, add to your home’s value and can help to sell it faster.
Are you renovating and looking for cost-effective green flooring options for your home? Contact Tony’s Flooring Centre to see our quality selection of products today.