Green building practices have been rising in popularity, and that includes more sustainable, eco-friendly flooring options. So if you are a environmentally conscience homeowner, considering installing new floors in your home. Here are some options you may want to consider to help you go green:
Traditional Wood Floors
The good news about wood is that it’s a renewable resource that is biodegradable and can be recycled at the end of its long life. However, it is important to make sure the wood you choose comes from a well-managed forest that works to prevent deforestation.
● Pine and other softer woods are often a more sustainable option than other types of wood because softwoods grow faster than hardwoods, allowing the population of the species to be replenished faster after being chopped down. This can also make softwood floors a less expensive option than hardwood floors.
● Oak, which takes much longer to grow, can still be a great option when concerned about deforestation because there are programs in place to make sure this species is regularly replanted. Oak also has a smaller carbon footprint and releases fewer toxic emissions during the manufacturing process when compared to other options.
If you want to go the extra step, find emissions-compliant hardwoods that are sourced closer to home, and not from a tree farm across the world.
This is polyester carpeting, and it’s often a great choice for low- to medium-traffic rooms in your home. The carpet is made of recycled plastic bottles, so it has a minimal impact on the environment — plus it comes in a variety of rich colors and resists staining and fading.
A Few Other Things to Consider
When choosing your new, eco-friendly floors, you will also want to consider the maintenance and lifecycle of the flooring option. To be more sustainable, you will want to choose durable floors that will last in your home.
That’s why responsibly sourced wood is one of the best materials you can choose for your new floors. Wood floors are classic and timeless, and can often increase the resale value of a home. Not only that, but they are durable and can be restained and refinished over and over again, so they will last for years to come.
Contact UB Hardwoods Today!
At UB Hardwoods and Flooring in Plymouth, we want to help you find the right eco-friendly flooring material for your home. We are experts who will explain the pros and cons of each flooring option to help you find the right floor that will suit your lifestyle and your budget. Contact us today at 763-807-4500, or stop by our showroom to learn more.