These days, every product you can think of is available in eco-friendly form, and this is certainly true in the sustainable flooring world. If you’re looking for gorgeous hardwood floors that don’t harm the rainforests but also look natural and warm, there are plenty of sustainable flooring options out there for you to consider. Here are 4 of the most popular sustainable flooring options available today.
- Cork: Although it may be surprising to some, the same material that keeps bottles of wine fresh makes for a great sustainable flooring option. Cork is harvested from the cork oak tree in a unique process which removes the bark but does not require cutting down the tree. Because of this, cork is a constantly renewable resource. What’s more is that cork has natural anti-microbial properties that make it a great option for households in need of hypoallergenic materials. If you’re looking to keep the bugs away come summertime, cork is a natural insect repellent as well. Like other woods, cork can be stained and finished in a wide variety of shades, from blonde to chestnut to gray. Although cork is naturally waxy, it requires special installation and upkeep to avoid issues with moisture absorption. This is where expert consultants and installers can make sure your cork can handle southeastern North Carolina’s frequent humidity.
- Bamboo: Another unique alternative is bamboo flooring; it is durable, easy to maintain, and easy to install, just like hardwood flooring. Unlike hardwoods, which can take up to twenty years to fully mature, bamboo grows to maturity in a mere three to five years. Bamboo is a naturally light material, though it is available in many hues. This style is ideal for a light, carefree beach house aesthetic or a more modern and sleek contemporary feel. Considering bamboo? Check out our article on the pros and cons of bamboo flooring.
- Glass Tiles: You recycle glass bottles, so why not reap the benefits of your civic duties with stunning glass tiles? Manufacturers repurpose recycled glass for beautiful glass tiles. Like other eco-friendly materials, glass tiles are a smart option for hypoallergenic homes. They are non-absorptive and won’t gather mold or mildew in more humid environments like Topsail Island and Wrightsville Beach. They’re available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and finishes. As the sun sets over the coast, glass tiles reflect light for a beautiful effect ceramic tiles cannot copy. Because glass tile is transparent, grout style and installation for this luxurious look require expert attention to detail.
- Engineered Wood: Last but not least, engineered wood flooring is hardwood flooring 2.0. Engineered wood flooring has a layer of true hardwood on the top and alternating layers of different wood species below. This layering creates increased floor stability, especially in high-humidity areas like the Carolina Beach coast and Cape Fear Riverside. Because the top layer is true hardwood, these floors are indistinguishable from their hardwood counterparts. Usually, though, they are lower in cost, and installation requires no supplemental sanding or finishing. As an eco-friendly choice, engineered wood extends the use of forest resources by using a larger percent of fiber, previously left to burn or rot.
These days, it’s easy to find sustainable flooring that is affordable, attractive, and even hypoallergenic. To get started on your sustainable flooring project, contact us at Crystal Carpets & Flooring Company. We’ll talk you through the ins and outs of sustainable flooring options so we can find and install the right choice for you.