You’ve gone organic, switched to LED light bulbs, and even adopted a composting bin. You’re not unlike many North Jersey homeowners who are increasingly taking to the eco-friendly movement. The experts at Floor Coverings International North Jersey strive to help you build your best sustainable home with our selection of eco-friendly flooring. Below are our top picks for going green during your next home renovation.
Cork flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak tree. This renewable resource is harvested in a way that allows the trees to continue to grow and does not harm the ecosystem. The trees originally used this bark as protection from insects and fire. This makes your cork floors naturally insect and fire resistant, on top of being eco-friendly.
To top it off, a cork floor is one of the best choices for hypoallergenic flooring because its smooth surface will not trap dust, pollen, or allergens. The resin in cork floors makes it durable, while the cork material provides a spring that feels comfortable underfoot and makes your floors resilient against dents. You can have piece of mind knowing that your cork floors are also recyclable and biodegradable.
Bamboo is one of the most popular choices for eco-friendly flooring because it looks similar to hardwood but is generally more affordable. Unlike hardwood flooring, bamboo is actually a grass. It is a readily renewable resource because it grows back quickly after being harvested.
Bamboo is an eco-friendly alternative to many hardwood species because the method for harvesting it does not impact the ecosystem through deforestation and it requires few pesticides to maintain. If you have your heart set on hardwoods, shop for FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified hardwoods to find species that are harvested in a sustainable manner.
The linoleum of today is not the same as the thin sheet flooring in your grandmother’s kitchen. Today, linoleum is available in tiles or planks and comes in a variety of colors and designs, including hardwood and stone looks. Many people tend to confuse linoleum with vinyl, but it’s the difference between these two that makes linoleum so eco-friendly.
Unlike vinyl, which is a completely synthetic material, linoleum is all natural and made from materials like pine rosin and linseed oil. This biodegradable floor is budget friendly and allows you to have the hardwood look without the hefty price tag.
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These are just a few of the many eco-friendly flooring options we have available for your North Jersey home. Contact Floor Coverings International North Jersey to schedule your free in-home design consultation, and learn about more of our sustainable choices. We proudly serve the greater Mahwah, Paramus, Wayne, and North Jersey areas.
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