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Going Green With Eco Friendly Flooring

October 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Flooring

We all know the world is slowly running out of resources so any way that an individual can help is going to improve things slowly but surely. One way of doing this is to opt for eco friendly flooring. This can be sourcing a particular material that has been used for something else but is good enough to be re-used on your kitchen floor.

It means we are not cutting down too many trees or that the trees are replenished and are keeping the cycle going for many floors to come. It is amazing how many types of material are on the market nowadays that are either recycled or sustainable and are fashioned from materials that do not damage the environment by releasing noxious fumes or gases i.e. that are non toxic.

There are an array of eco friendly materials to choose from when thinking about having a new floor, from the traditional wood to cork, bamboo, metal tiles, glass tiles and the ever popular linoleum. If you a little bit handy with your DIY skills then most of these can be fitted by yourself, just make sure you have some clear instructions, possibly from the company where you bought the goods from and maybe have an equally skilled friend to help who knows what he or she is doing.

One of the great sustainable products is bamboo. It might not be your first choice for flooring, after all what will the pandas eat? But it is harvested in a way that means the source of the product is not damaged or depleted in any way. And just to put your mind at rest, the type of bamboo used for flooring is not the kind that pandas eat anyway!

Using bamboo also means we are not eating into forests of hardwood that take years to mature. Bamboo is very fast growing and stems can be harvested every four or five years. Also if the bamboo is not chopped down after a few years it keels over anyway not able to grow anymore.

Wood of course is most people`s first choice when considering putting down an eco friendly floor because of its durability, its easy to keep clean format and the fact that it looks so natural and feels great under foot. Many reclaimed wood is sourced from beams and timbers from old houses that have fallen into disrepair or tongue and groove planks that was flooring before.

This can be laid quite easily by the amateur though if you are unsure about it, then it might be advisable to pay a professional to lay it down as it does take time and you want to make sure the overall finish is to a high standard. Often reclaimed wood can be a bit more expensive than new wood. This is because of the extra labour involved to retrieve it, clean it up and make it good for re-using.

Other materials are cork, long lasting and great for absorbing noise, metal tiles, good for bathrooms and kitchens, stone tiles which are ideal in wet areas and linoleum floor planks which do not need any nails or glue as they slot in together.

If you want to save on money but need a new floor, choose a material you are happy with and you`re your Black & Decker power tools you can lay the floor yourself. It might take a little longer than a professional but you will be so proud of yourself once you have done it.

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