Floors are not paid as much attention to as other parts of the house, but since floors are a vital part of the home and are not usually changed or replaced for many, many years, deciding what material to use can be a big decision that must be taken with careful consideration.
These days, sustainability plays a huge role in society, and affects the way we live and the place we live in. Here are some flooring options for the modern homeowner who wants to go green.
- Natural linoleum – this material is affordable, biodegradable, and long-lasting. It also dries easily (perfect for wet areas), preventing the growth of mould and mildew.
- Recycled wood floors – quickly gaining popularity in the market, these are just as economical, yet extremely beautiful.
- Bamboo – sharing similar features as hardwood, bamboo flooring is a great greener alternative to timber. Its strength, aesthetic appeal, durability, and easy maintenance make it a popular choice among homeowners.
- Polished concrete – a great sustainable flooring option, polished concrete lasts for a very long time. It is both energy and light efficient, and is great for retaining and releasing heat.
- Natural carpet – traditional carpets are no longer recommended since they often cause indoor air pollution. Natural carpets, particularly wool, jute, and sisal, help keep homes comfortable and air pollutant-free.
To make the choice easier, here are some factors you need to take into consideration:
- The people (or pets) that live in your home and any health conditions they may have, like asthma.
- The most visited or occupied space or room in your home (try to gauge foot traffic and how much pressure and weight your floors would need to bear).
- How much cleaning and maintenance you are willing to do for your flooring.
Happy floor hunting!