At Floor Coverings International Triad, we work with Greensboro families to meet all of their flooring needs, from design to installation. One of the most common requests we receive is for floors that are stylish as much as they are sustainable. Luckily, if you want sustainable flooring, there are more options today than ever before. Here are three of our favorites.
Cork is used to seal wine bottles. But many of the qualities that make it great for keeping your wine fresh—it’s water resistant, soft, and firm—make it a great choice for flooring. Cork flooring makes the most sense in rooms where you spend a lot of time standing, like kitchens and bathrooms, because of their springy feeling underfoot. This flooring material is sustainably harvested from cork trees in the Mediterranean. Every year, the outermost layer of the tree is removed. This does not harm the tree, allowing it to continue to produce cork.
Native to Asia, this hardwood alternative has been used as flooring for thousands of years. Depending on the quality, bamboo can have a Janka hardness rating of up to 2,700—that’s higher than most domestic hardwoods. In addition to its superior durability, bamboo is quite sustainable because it grows so quickly. There are some varieties of bamboo that can grow three feet in one day. Most hardwoods struggle to grow that much in a single year.
When you think “hardwood”, you probably don’t think “environmentally friendly”. However, many domestic hardwoods are highly sustainable. This is because they are sustainably grown and harvested in the United States. This cuts down on the pollution generated by overseas shipping. White oak is particularly great because of its additional durability and water resistance. With minimal maintenance, white oak floors will last for generations.
For more information about the best environmentally-friendly floor for your Columbia home, reach out to the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Triad today.
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