Eco-Friendly Flooring Options
When making environmentally conscious decisions, there tend to be drawbacks:
It costs too much.
It doesn’t look nice.
It’s not comfortable.
Those complaints could apply from anything to clothing to cars. In the case of flooring, bamboo and cork are options that also happen to be natural and reusable. Both are available at Carpet Bonanza.
There are some similarities in each (both are durable, aesthetically pleasing regenerative materials, and also less expensive than hardwood flooring). They even complement each other (it is recommended that cork underlayment be installed with bamboo flooring).
Each has distinct advantages, let’s dig deeper:
Bamboo is harvested with no harm to habitat. The plant is not killed, and, being part of the grass family, its root system is kept intact in the harvest. Be sure to pay attention to whether your bamboo flooring is certified in its manufacturing process. Bamboo can have a large carbon footprint if it contains toxic substances in the adhesive or finish.
Think of bamboo as a more affordable and possibly more stylish alternative to hardwood floors. Bamboo is similar to hardwood in that it is very durable but is prone to scratching. It’s even harder than oak and maple.
Cork floors are produced from wasted material from bottle stoppers. In harvesting cork, the tree’s bark is used instead of trunk, allowing it to grow back.
Cork is soft, but how durable is it? Cork floors are softer and even more affordable than bamboo, making it a safe living room or bedroom alternative for children or senior citizens. Cork stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter with insulating properties. While cork is soft and can be damaged by heavy furniture and scratching, it is naturally resistant to mold and mildew, unlike bamboo. Cork can hold its own against moisture but to a certain extent. Quality material is key; cork is prone to distortion if excessive spills occur.
The experts at Carpet Bonanza can help you discover the right eco-friendly floor for your home. Whether you have questions on how it will look over time or you want to see what it would look like in your home, we can help you out, just give us a call or stop by and see us!