You probably already know that bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional hardwood. While bamboo is a durable and attractive flooring choice, it may not be right for every home. Fortunately, there are several other flooring choices that are equally (or even more) environmentally green. Cork, linoleum, and concrete are also great choices for Pleasanton homeowners, as our Floor Coverings International East Bay experts can explain:
Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, grown in the Mediterranean. Cork is a renewable resource, and cork flooring is both recyclable and biodegradable. It is also a thermal insulator, so cork floors can help keep your house warm and reduce heating costs. As an added bonus, cork is hypoallergenic and resistant to fire, stains, and mildew.
Linoleum (not to be confused with vinyl flooring) is made entirely from natural, eco-friendly materials like linseed oil, cork dust, and ground limestone. Its antistatic qualities mean that helps to repel dirt and dust – ideal for homes with allergy or asthma sufferers. Plus, linoleum flooring is recyclable, biodegradable, and fire-resistant. Just keep it out of kitchens and bathrooms, since it is vulnerable to moisture damage.
Did you know that concrete is environmentally friendly? It is! Concrete doesn’t take from endangered natural resources, requires relatively little energy to produce, and is made locally instead of being transported from far away. It absorbs warm and cool air, so it will help cut down on your heating and cooling costs, too. And when it comes time to change your floors, concrete can be recycled instead of ending up in a landfill.
If you are looking for eco-friendly floors for your Pleasanton home, be sure to consider cork, linoleum, and concrete. These materials are just as green as bamboo, but with their own unique advantages. Call Floor Coverings International East Bay to learn more and schedule a free in-home consultation.
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