These days, there are many different options for homeowners who want to make their home more environmentally friendly. Between smart thermostats and solar panels and dual-pane windows, there's an option fit for just about every lifestyle. However, green updates don't have to be smart or even involve technology to help the environment. Even choosing certain types of flooring can help make a home green, and these are some of the different material options available for homeowners to choose from when renovating their homes.
The Benefits of Bamboo Flooring
Many people love the look and feel of hardwood floors, but not only can they be expensive, but deforestation is caused by cutting down trees to use in things such as these floorboards. For homeowners who want the look of hardwood but without the negative impact, bamboo can be a good substitute. Unlike normal trees that need to be at least 20 years old or more depending on the species in order to harvest, it only takes bamboo 3-5 years to reach maturity. This makes bamboo far more sustainable than normal hardwood floors.
The Benefits of Cork Flooring
What sets cork apart from other floors made from living materials like hardwood and bamboo is that cork can be harvested without killing any plants. Cork is the bark of the cork oak tree, which can be removed without killing the tree itself and regrows approximately every three years. Because cork is tree bark, it isn't as durable as floors made from the actual wood of the tree, but it's an eco-friendly option that can look good in almost any home.
The Benefits of Glass Tile Flooring
Glass can be recycled over and over again without it breaking down, which means it can live many different lives as things like jars, windows, and even floor tiles. Glass tile can be an especially good choice in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms that have the highest risk of spills and exposure to water. Because the tiles are made of glass, they're easy to clean, but homeowners interested in installing some should know that being glass, the tiles won't absorb light like other flooring options, and they will instead reflect light back up.
The Benefits of Linoleum Flooring
While linoleum flooring might not seem like the most obvious eco-friendly choice out there, it's actually made of natural materials like linseed oil, cork dust, and ground limestone among other renewable ingredients. Linoleum is water resistant and fire retardant like glass tiles, but cost a fraction of the price. Homeowners can purchase linoleum in just about any color or pattern imaginable, so it can fit easily in any sort of room, but it's best used in rooms like kitchens or rooms that see a lot of use due to its durability.
The Benefits of Wool Carpet Flooring
Carpet is one of the most popular flooring options out there, but many people can't live with carpet because of its tendencies to hold in allergens. For people with allergies who love the look and feel of normal carpet, wool carpet can be a good substitute. Not only does wool carpet naturally repel dirt, but it's also fire resistant as well. Wool naturally grows on a variety of animals such as sheep and alpacas, and sheering is a completely harmless process that helps keep the animals healthy and happy.
These are only just some of the different eco-friendly flooring options available to University District homeowners. For more information on other options, be sure to contact a local expert who can help recommend the right floor for every situation.