Consumers want Eco Options and Sustainable Flooring Choices
When making big purchase decisions, an increasing number of consumers want eco options for their personal health and safety (49%) and to reduce personal environmental impact (37%). Finding a sustainable flooring option means families can meet the challenge of both priorities. Affordable Carpet and Flooring provides many eco-friendly and sustainable flooring choices that are also cost effective. Homeowners and commercial customers can install flooring that is better for personal health and better for the environment without breaking their budget.
In the past, sustainable flooring was often more expensive but as consumer demand rises, sustainable product lines are more mainstream and less costly. In fact, many eco-friendly products, such as hemp and bamboo can be grown domestically and grow quickly. This reduces the carbon footprint of materials and transportation costs. This makes sustainable flooring products affordable, and a flooring expert can help you determine which materials are best for your home.
Bamboo is a grass that grows quickly which makes it a valued renewable resource. Its versatility makes it increasingly popular as an eco choice. It can be used in textiles or for more durable products, such as cutting boards, bowls, utensils, and flooring. As a flooring product, bamboo is more water resistant than hardwood, but it can still warp or bend if it is overexposed to water.
There are a variety of bamboo flooring selections at Affordable Carpet and Flooring. Like hardwood, it is available in solid strips or engineered planks, and comes in a variety of stains and finishes. It can be used to create a rustic farmhouse look, but several selections are finished in such a way that the flooring is polished and elegant. Bamboo flooring is easy to clean, maintain and refinish.
Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree and since the bark regrows in roughly eight years, cork products are sustainable. Cork flooring has both environmental and health benefits that make it a good eco choice:
- Naturally antimicrobial
- Repels some insects
- Acts as a sound barrier
- Energy efficient flooring choice
Cork flooring is available in planks and tiles and is currently trending for use in casual spaces. Floors should be sealed to protect the soft material, but it is very easy to clean and maintain a cork floor.
An eco-friendly and sustainable flooring choice, tile is a durable option that can last for generations when properly maintained. It is versatile and can be used on floors or on the walls in living rooms, dining areas, kitchens, and baths.
Tile is made from a variety of natural materials: clay, porcelain, slate, stone, granite, and more. There are almost endless designs to choose, and they can be quite elaborate or very simple, with varying shapes and sizes. Tile floors are easy to clean and often require little more than a vinegar solution to thoroughly clean the grout lines.
What Sustainable Flooring Is Best
Eco options for flooring provide good performance for most households, but some handle traffic and furniture weight better than others. The best option for one home may not be the right choice for another. It is best to meet with a professional who can bring samples to the home and understand what the real needs of the house require. Affordable Carpet and Flooring specializes in bringing the showroom and 50+ years of expertise to homeowners throughout Northern Virginia. The company takes great pride in helping homeowners find the flooring that helps them reach their environmental impact and health goals while providing flooring solutions that hold up to their household needs.