Concerns about sustainability are transforming the way we build our houses. From construction materials to decorative accessories, customers are being bombarded with new eco-friendly flooring products every day.
Here we highlight some of the best options for sustainable and eco-friendly floor coverings.
Saw marks, gouges, nail holes and stains on hardwood are embraced as authentic details from early American heritage. Distressed boards are salvaged from old barns after years of rough use and are given a new lease of life in homes across the US.
- Secondhand wood, also known as “demolition” wood, is salvaged from refurbishments and abandoned spaces.
- The great advantage is that you can have a hardwood floor without damaging any trees.
- It usually needs to be sanded and sealed.
- Vintage feeling and unique style.
- Hand scraped and reclaimed hardwood flooring offers a rustic craftsmanship with a rich history that is uniquely authentic.
- Knots and grains create texture, adding character to rich natural colors.
- Wide planks are commonplace due to the fact that boards were once cut from thicker old-growth trees that are now protected.
- Matured walnut, oak and chestnut come in a variety of deep colors.
Engineered wood floors
- Engineered wood floors are durable alternatives to genuine hand scraped wood planks, which are more susceptible to temperature changes.
- Can be installed over different types of subfloors (above, below or on grade).
- Only the top layer is made of real expensive prized wood, what makes this type of flooring eco-friendly.
The cork oak tree has a 200-500 year lifespan and can regrow its outer layer of bark every nine years from the age of 25, making cork one of the fastest materials to replenish once it is stripped from its source. It’s also rot-resistant, durable, has insulating properties and effectively absorbs noise. All of these qualities combined mean it is ideal for a wide range of household uses, which explains why designers are increasingly utilizing the material in the face of ecological crisis.
- A renewable resource, cork can cope easily with heavy traffic.
- Its soft touch and warm texture make it ideal for both homes and contract environments.
- Cork is impermeable and does not absorb dust.
- It is a great thermo-acoustic product.
- There is a wide range of designs and colors.
Another renewable source (it has a short growing cycle), bamboo is a great option to consider while choosing your new flooring.
Hard-wearing, strong and durable, fine and distinctive grain pattern. Best known for being a great material to produce furniture with, it combines quality and aesthetics. Also bamboo flooring easily mixes with both traditional and contemporary interior styles.
Defined by the unique smell of its natural ingredients, which is a fusion of pine resin, wood dust and floral pigments. Marmoleum is a 100% natural flooring that uses renewable raw materials and very low energy consumption in its production. Extremely hard wearing and durable, not to mention decorative – this flooring comes in a diverse array of colors, patterns and finishes.