When it comes to flooring, most customers tend to prefer hardwoods over every other option out there. However, it can be said that hardwood isn’t perfect for every space of your room or office. What’s more, they tend to be expensive too! If that wasn’t enough, hardwoods aren’t exactly suitable for homes with pets and kids either as they can scratch quite easily.
Fortunately, there are many other flooring options for you to consider. For example, eco-friendly options make your space look as beautiful and elegant as hardwood and and more affordable too!
Below you can find a list of eco-friendly wood that you might want to cinsder when renovating your space.
Bamboo is the giant grass that grows really fast- even up to 1 inch and a half an hour. It’s also almost as hard as wood. As mentioned, bamboo is technically a grass, so it’s not necessary to disturb the roots while harvesting it. That way, it gives zero contribution to soil erosion, which is an extremely important aspect to consider if you’re looking for an eco-friendly option.
Just keep in mind to purchase a good quality wood as lower-quality bamboo can scratch really easily.
Linoleum is a material that’s actually much greener than you might believe. Also, Marmoleum has been around for more than a century now. It’s a mixture of linseed oil, pine rosin, sawdust, limestone, jute, and pigments. As for its production, green electricity is used so that makes marmoleum carbon-neutral too.
What’s even more impressive, marmoleum comes in 300 different colors and designs and it’s very easy to clean. Marmoleum is ideal for kitchens and it’s quite resistant to heat too. However, you need to keep in mind that marmoleum can be a bit expensive.
Cork tile is an option that has been in the market for many years now. It’s really charming and warm. Cork tiles are also soundproof and feel very soft on feet. However, you should consider tha fact that if there’s a lot of high-heel or wheel traffic on the cork tiles, the flooring can be easily damaged.
Eucalyptus looks pretty much like real hardwood floors. In fact, it is a real wood and very durable at that. Eucalyptus flooring gives the whole space a charming vibe and make the place feel warm and cozy. Compared to hardwood flooring, it’s more resitant to moisture. Meanwhile, compared to bamboo, it’s more expensive.
Trex is a composite building material usually used for outdoor spaces. It’s easy to maintain and because it already comes in different colors. However, trex is a material that can be slippery during rainy weather and very hot under the sun.