THE BENEFITS OF “GOING GREEN” WITH SUSTAINABLE FLOORING
Linoleum is a natural floor made of natural raw materials and recycled content. When purchasing a Forbo Marmoleum floor for example, you are reducing energy and raw material consumption because companies like Forbo, are reusing production waste. Linoleum is available in a glue-down sheet, modular glue-down tiles, and click together tiles. This is a great product for custom flooring options since you can combine different colors, sizes and
patterns. Common places of application for linoleum floors are kitchens, nurseries and bedrooms, and commercially in school classrooms, retail stores and hospitals.
Bamboo is another natural product that is often being used in homes for its health benefits from reducing off-gassing to increasing your indoor air quality. Bamboo floors can look as elegant or casual based on your home’s design. Since bamboo is a grass, it grows very quickly which makes it much more ecofriendly than hardwood floors.
Bamboo can be installed anywhere you would install a hardwood floor and by choosing certain products like stranded bamboo, you will reduce the visibility of wear and tear. Compared to hardwood products, bamboo can be up to 30% harder than certain common woods like oak and maple. Common places of application for bamboo floors are entire first level to lower levels, great rooms, and bedrooms.
Cork comes from bark oak trees which only have to be harvested roughly every 9 years making this a very eco-friendly flooring option since no trees need to be cut down.
Cork can be very aesthetically versatile. You can choose tiles or planks in many colors and patterns giving you the option to have an almost seamless floor of one color or have a feature in your room by choosing a patterned cork. Common places of application for cork are kitchens, lower levels, home offices, and bedrooms.
Wool carpet, unlike synthetic carpet, is a renewable resource and is biodegradable. It contributes as a sustainable flooring choice by not giving off harmful emissions or promoting growth of bacteria and dust mites.
Because of wool’s inherent bulk and resilience, it will have greater sound and heat insulating properties than synthetic fibers. Wool is naturally resilient to dirt and soiling making it very easy to clean. Wool carpet can be found in solids, tweeds, and patterns to complement any style. This non-allergenic fiber is safe for the entire family and is commonly used in home offices, bedrooms, and can be carried through entire levels of a home. Whether you want hard surface or carpet, sustainable flooring options are available and will help contribute to our environment while still maintaining style. Stop by our showroom to see all of these products installed and in samples!
Sarah Rosenzweig | Interior Designer