Many homeowners are choosing to go green. All-natural cleaning products, energy saving light bulbs, and even electric cars have grown in popularity over the last few years. Why, then, should flooring be any different? Here at Floor Coverings International West Houston, we believe that going green is more than just a trend. With a large selection of eco-friendly floors to choose from, it may be hard to determine which is right for your West Houston home. Below are some of our favorite eco-friendly alternatives to traditional floors like carpet and hardwood.
Hardwoods are popular for their warm, timeless, and traditional look. The issue with hardwoods is that some methods for harvesting them can release harmful chemicals into the ecosystem, create damaging deforestation and even cause some tree species to go extinct. Bamboo flooring is a sustainable and attractive alternative to hardwood floors. Bamboo is actually a grass, and as such it grows rapidly, eliminating the threat of extinction or deforestation. This eco-friendly alternative looks and feels very similar to traditional wood floors. Keep in mind, you can find sustainably harvested hardwoods by choosing only FSC-certified trees.
Wood-look tile is another eco-friendly alternative to hardwoods, as it doesn’t require trees to be cut down at all. Instead, wood-look tile is made of ceramic or porcelain, with only the image of hardwood printed over it. These floors will last a lifetime and provide the appearance of hardwood without harming the environment. These tiles can even be made of reclaimed materials, making them even more sustainable.
Most carpets are made from non-renewable synthetic products like nylon or polypropylene. Synthetic carpets cannot break down in landfills, and the chemicals used to treat them can harm the environment. Natural alternatives to synthetic carpet fiber, such as wool, sisal, and coir are becoming popular in homes not only because they are sustainable, but also because they are stylish.
Wool is incredibly soft and durable, but tends to be more expensive than regular carpet. Sisal and coir are plant-based carpets that are quite durable but are not as soft as synthetic fibers. However, these floors offer a unique look that is growing in popularity. Another option is to use recycled carpet, and to recycle it once more when it comes time to replace it.
There are many ways to get the same look and feel of traditional floors while cutting back on your environmental impact. Contact Floor Coverings International West Houston today to schedule your free in-home consultation and to learn more about our eco-friendly flooring options. We proudly serve the greater West Houston and Sugar Land areas.
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