shutterstock_182474894Consumers today are placing a larger emphasis on the eco-consciousness of the products they purchase, including flooring. There are plenty of stylish, affordable, and eco-friendly flooring options out there today, but it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you and your home. At Floor Coverings International of Bozeman, we want to help you make the right choice. Here are three eco-friendly flooring options and their many benefits.

Bamboo

Of all of the environmentally friendly flooring options available, bamboo is arguably the most popular. The bamboo plant can be harvested in just a few years, unlike trees used for hardwood that need a minimum of 30 years to grow. This makes it an incredibly sustainable natural resource. It has a gorgeous wood-like appearance that is stylish, sleek, and available in a variety of colors. While bamboo looks like wood, it is actually a grass. Don’t let that throw you off, because bamboo is more durable than most hardwoods!

Cork

A little known fact about cork is that the core of the tree is not used at all in the making of cork materials. Instead only the bark of the tree is needed, so the tree can continue to grow unharmed, which makes it one of the most sustainable flooring materials available. Cork is hypoallergenic, shock-absorbing, and sound insulating – all great features for flooring. Try cork flooring in children’s bedrooms and playrooms.  

Laminate

Maybe you are interested in an eco-friendly flooring material, but still prefer the look of a hardwood floor. Laminate is an alternative option that still gives the same aesthetic of wood but because it is a composite material does not use as much wood as solid hardwood. Laminate is also a more affordable option to hardwood, and is also extremely durable. Laminate will warp like hardwood if exposed to too much moisture, however, so it’s best to avoid using this flooring in bathrooms and laundry rooms.

If you’re interested in choosing an eco-friendly flooring for your home, contact the professionals at Floor Coverings International of Bozeman today! Call for your free, in-home consultation.

 

Photo: Valentina Razumova