More customers are looking for environmentally friendly flooring. In other words, they want to go green and save the earth. It’s important to look for material that can be renewed and recycled.
A great renewable material manufactured from the bark of the cork. Cork trees regrow their bark every 3 years (it’s a protective outer coating), no need for the tree to be cut down. Some of the amazing flooring is made from recycled wine bottle stoppers. Cork comes in variety of colors and textures that can work as a durable floor, yet earthy. Cork panels can be snapped together and laid over any subfloor, or even existing flooring.
A popular grass flooring trend that shares similar characteristic as wood. Just like solid hardwood, bamboo is durable and available in variety of colors. It grows in warm climates and unlike hardwood, which can take 20 years to regrow; bamboo is a fast-growing plant that’s available in massive quantities. Like hardwood flooring, bamboo may be refinished depending on the thickness of the floor. It can also be installed using a nail-down, glue-down or click-and-lock method.
Wood that already served a purpose in a previous life can be reused- is one of the most eco-friendly options available. Typically, reclaimed wood s is rescued from old barns, factories, warehouses, boxcars and wine barrels. The wood needs to be cleaned and free of nails before installed and finished onsite with low VOCs water-based polyurethane. Salvageable wood helps to reduce the need to plant and harvest more trees, as it doesn’t end up in a landfill or rot.