Usually, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of ways to make your home more friendly to the environment is not flooring. It is just one of those things that does not appear to be a green activity. After all, if you are going to put hardwood flooring down, then you are literally using a product that is made from cut down trees, while other popular flooring options, such as carpeting or vinyl tiling, seem to use a whole lot of chemicals that are probably not good for the environment. Luckily this is 2017, so if you are interested in making the world a better place or do not like the idea of making it worse, there are many options available to you. The best part about it is that you do not need to sacrifice design aesthetics, since there are so many eco-friendly options.
One of the easiest ways to make the floor you walk on a green option is to use a material that grows back quickly. The easiest to find, and one that is becoming more and more popular in recent years, is bamboo. Bamboo flooring is made from the bamboo tree, which grows to maturity in as little as three years, which is pretty great when compared to traditional hardwoods that usually taking decades. Other than that, bamboo can be treated like any other hardwood. It is a little more water resistant than the other hardwoods, and it can be refinished and cleaned in the same manner. On the flipside, bamboo is slightly less durable than other hardwoods, scratching a lot easier.
Cork is another material that is much more eco-friendly than your average hardwood or carpet. Cork is harvested from the cork oak tree, which involves drilling into the tree itself without cutting it down. Cork is a bit of an unorthodox choice when it comes to your floor, but luckily the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey are just as capable at installing it as they are for any floor.
Take Back the Floors
Another way of making the flooring in your home or business green is to use reclaimed hardwoods or recycled carpeting. Reclaimed hardwood flooring is made from old floorboards found in ancient homes, so in addition to not coming from a newly-downed tree, it will add a sense of history and character to your home. The pieces themselves look great, since in many cases they have been sanded down and refinished.
Recycled carpeting, as the name implies, is made from a recycled source. In this case, it is not made from old carpets, but plastic, such as the kind used to make plastic soda bottles. Many manufacturers are using this as a way to help the environment out, since there are a lot of plastic bottles out there.
There are so many ways to make sure your floor is environmentally friendly, whether that’s through the use of green alternatives, like cork or bamboo, or by using reclaimed wood flooring and recycled carpeting. Whatever you decide to use for your home or business, Ozburn-Hessey will be there to make sure it looks great.