Remodeling a room like a kitchen or bathroom typically involves replacing the flooring materials with an upgrade. Greenovate your home instead by renovating using environmentally sound building materials and practices. With so many choices for flooring materials, it’s hard to choose which one is best. Use these top three green flooring choices and decided which material is right for your next home improvement project.
Bamboo Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years, then you’ve probably heard of using bamboo as a flooring choice. Considered a sustainable lumber product, it is actually a grass. Because of its ability to quickly grow with minimal resources, it is becoming one of the top green choices in not just flooring, but other building products as well.
Bamboo flooring comes in a huge variety of colors, styles and grain patterns. There are also a wide variety of flooring options from floating laminates to sandable veneers. If you can’t find a bamboo flooring option that’s right for you, then you haven’t looked hard enough. Bamboo is the new flooring buzzword, so there is bound to be a style and color you’ll love for your kitchen, bathroom, dining room or any room for that matter.
Local Wood Sustainable lumber is a frequently used buzzword, but locally grown wood is not. Local sawmills can provide you with locally grown woods that require very little processing and shipping, thereby reducing your carbon footprint. Even when wood is grown sustainably, it still must be shipped to the processing plant, milled and shipped to a distribution center to be shipped even further to your local home improvement center.
Local wood milled in a nearby sawmill can have huge environmental benefits over processed wood. Many times, milled flooring materials from a large home improvement center are worse in quality and more expensive than locally grown and milled lumber. Not only are you helping local tree farmers in your area, your giving local jobs to the harvesters and mill men of locally grown timber.
Linoleum Unfortunately for linoleum, it has received bad press as an environmentally sound flooring option. Linoleums distant cousin vinyl flooring looks like linoleum, when in fact it is not even close to being made from the same products. Linoleum is made from waste wood fibers and sawdust mixed with linseed oil and pine rosins. Used sawdust is turned into wood flour, mixed with linseed oil and hardened with pine rosins and pitch. Often backed with burlap or recycled paper, linoleum is very much a green flooring choice.