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Eco-Friendly Flooring for Your Home

Posted on November 21st, 2014 by

Today’s homeowners are increasingly aware of the importance of being environmentally and ecologically responsible. To that end, many elect to use green building materials when constructing or remodeling their homes. If you are considering new flooring, here are five eco-friendly choices selected by the flooring experts of Unique Flooring in San Diego.

Cork
Cork is a sustainable material because the same cork tree can be harvested several times. It is also naturally hypoallergenic, fire-resistant, and insect-resistant. Cork also works well as a sound barrier and is warm to the touch.

Bamboo
Bamboo flooring is made from the bamboo plant, a natural grass that flourishes and replenishes itself quickly in the wild. It is an excellent and attractive option for homeowners in need of an environmentally responsible flooring option. Like cork, bamboo is naturally resistant to insects. It also resists moisture well.

Hardwood
Traditional wood flooring can be an eco-friendly option when the wood used to make them is harvested in a sustainable manner and the flooring is manufactured with non-toxic finishes and adhesives. Look for wood harvested using managed forestry methods, which require government oversight of harvest sites.

Wool Carpet 
Harvested from sheep, wool is one of the most ecologically friendly materials on the market today. Wool carpet adds warmth and softness to your home without compromising your environmental principles.

Marmoleum
Marmoleum is a natural linoleum product made from linseed oil, limestone, tree rosin, wood flour, natural mineral pigments and jute. This green flooring material is available in a large assortment of colors and can be purchased in sheets, tiles or snap-together planks. Marmoleum flooring is tough, withstands water well, and is often used in hospitals and schools.

People are becoming more and more environmentally friendly, and the flooring industry is taking note. Before making a final flooring decision, consider eco-friendly options that look great and have a minimal impact on the natural world around us.

 

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