With the creation of many new eco-friendly products, it’s no surprise that eco-friendly flooring has become very popular over the last decade. Cork and bamboo floors, for example, have been featured in interior design magazines for their beautiful appearance and “green” properties. Here at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley, we believe that going green is more than just a trend. We have a number of products available for homeowners that are beautiful in the home and but also safe for the environment. Below are our favorite eco-friendly floors for Media homes.
Cork flooring is made from the highly renewable bark of the cork oak tree. Harvesting this bark does not harm the trees but allows them to continue to grow and produce more cork bark for future harvesting. Cork floors are also recyclable and biodegradable – a bonus for eco-conscious homeowners.
However, the benefits of cork flooring go beyond its eco-friendly features. Cork is naturally insect repellant, fire resistant, and mold and mildew resistant. It’s also hypoallergenic, making cork a great choice for homeowners with allergies. Cork is also a great choice in rooms where you spend a lot of time standing because it is incredibly comfortable underfoot.
Bamboo is one of the most commonly used eco-friendly floors, as it has a beautiful appearance that is similar to hardwood. However, what makes bamboo a green alternative to hardwood is how incredibly renewable it is. Bamboo is actually a grass rather than a wood, so it grows back extremely quickly. Unlike hardwood, it can be harvested every 3 years rather than every 3 decades.
This rapid regrowth is bamboo’s greatest eco-friendly quality. It helps to prevent deforestation and damage to the ecosystem. Of course, bamboo is also an organic flooring material, so it requires fewer chemicals to manufacture than synthetic floors.
Many people are surprised to hear that linoleum is a top eco-friendly choice because they often confuse it with its synthetic cousin, vinyl. However, linoleum is very unlike vinyl in that it is all-natural. Made from products like cork dust, pine rosin, and linseed oil, linoleum is a great flooring choice for chemical-sensitive individuals. It also has the added benefit of being recyclable and biodegradable.
Advances in technology have allowed linoleum to come a long way in terms of aesthetic. Linoleum is now available in wood-look planks and stone-look tiles. It is more resistant against moisture damage than hardwood, and it is more comfortable underfoot than stone tile. With linoleum, you can get these beautiful looks for a much more affordable price – all while going green!
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You don’t have to sacrifice style, comfort, or durability to go green. Our eco-friendly flooring choices are all this and more! Contact Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley to schedule a free design consultation in your Media home and learn more about our eco-friendly flooring selection. We proudly serve Elkton, Kennett Square, Chester County and surrounding areas.
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