Homeowners are turning to eco-friendly or “green” options more than ever. And the demand has served the flooring industry well, as the materials have become diverse and increasingly beautiful.
“Natural” isn’t for a niche group of people anymore. Everyone wants it. And that’s a good thing as sustainable resources are better for the environment and better for us.
Here is a list of the top 7 smart-flooring choices homeowners are absolutely loving.
Bamboo is diverse in its appearance, and you’re likely to find a beautiful option for your home design. In fact, it’s so diverse, you are usually able to customize your floors in a way you wouldn’t be able to with traditional flooring materials.
Even though it is technically a grass, bamboo floors look similar to hardwood floors. They’re easy to maintain, easy to install, and easy to love.
Bamboo is sustainable as it grows quickly (about 3-5 years) and are easy to replenish.
While you might associate cork with wine bottles, it makes for an incredible floor.
Cork is easy to clean, repair, and is resistant to scratching. It’s also a good insulator for heat and noise. As if that wasn’t enough to convince you, Cork further acts as an insect repellent and even a fire inhibitor.
Oh, and it’s comfortable to walk on.
And this super-hero of a floor can last between 10-30 years, depending on how well you take care of it.
You can finish your cork floors with paint or stain to customize the flooring of a room.
Cork is sustainable because it is taken from Cork Oak Tree bark. The trees are not cut down during this process. The bark is harvested and it grows back every three years.
So basically, you should be using Cork in your house.
Traditional carpet, while a long-time favorite of homeowners, is not sustainable as it uses volatile organic compounds that are harmful to the planet and even our health.
Wool carpet, however, is a natural and sustainable resource. And it lasts forever, literally. If you think hardwood floors are durable, you’ll love wool even more. Wool lasts centuries. We’ve seen this in the wool rugs that are passed down as family heirlooms for generations.
And you can dye and spin the wool in several different ways, making this flooring option diverse and customizable.
You may also want to check out jute, sisal, and cotton carpet flooring options.
You might be surprised at this one, but concrete is a great flooring option.
Concrete can be tinted and polished in different hues and patterns according to your taste. And you don’t have to spend extra money on flooring to go on top of it. You could even mix colored glass for a dynamic floor.
Concrete is obviously incredibly durable, easy to keep clean, and can look very chic with the right styles. And if you wanted softness, it’s easy to use wool rugs to cover higher-traffic areas.
P.E.T Berber Carpet
Polyester (P.E.T) Berber is made of recycled plastic. Which means less plastic in our oceans and landfills—and that’s a win for us all.
Berber carpet is liked because it’s easy to clean and comes in a variety of colors that look good in homes.
That being said, Berber carpets have some issues with snagging (once a loop comes undone it can really unravel). And they aren’t the softest carpet to walk on. There are ways to prevent snagging and to take care of your Berber carpet if you’re interested though.
And finally, if you need hardwood floor to complete your home dreams, there are a couple options that are more sustainable.
Reclaimed hardwood is great because you’re reusing wood from trees that have already been cut down. This can look very beautiful in your home and you don’t have to feel guilty about deforestation.
Another option is to make sure your hardwood floor has the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. The FSC promotes responsible management of our forests with high standards.
The Best Floor For You
Which flooring are you going to try out? How do you think they’d look in your home? There are so many options for sustainable flooring.
There is more to a smart home than smart tech. Try out any of these smart floors for a more eco-friendly life.
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