Green Flooring Materials: An Array of Choices for Homeowners
Today I’m privileged to have an esteemed fellow blogger, Paige Thomas from Reliable Remodeler, with a guest blog post about green flooring materials. She’s the head blogger there, and has a passion and a base of knowledge for interior design. Her full bio is below. Anyway, here’s Paige.
I’m happy to be writing a guest post for the guys over at BuildDirect! While I may not be an expert floor installer, I do have a passion for home remodeling and design, and unlike the boys, I have a feminine eye for style!
On my own blog, I’ve talked about green building and flooring for the home, and what they can offer the homeowner. Bamboo may be the alternative flooring material that everyone is talking about, but it doesn’t mean it’s your only option for eco-conscious flooring. Here are a list of my picks for green flooring materials that offer both style and durability.
What I love about cork flooring is that it’s so soft and comfortable. It’s great for high traffic areas in your home, such as the kitchen. Cork flooring is great since you can actually avoid toxic adhesives all together by using interlocking pieces for installation.
Would you believe that linoleum is actually a great green product? Made mostly from linseed oil, it also reuses waste such as limestone dust and wood. It’s been around as a flooring choice since your parents and grandparents have been doing home improvement, but, like wallpaper, designers have gotten a hold of the product and given it a modern, chic touch. If you’ve cast off this product as being ugly, you may want to take a second look.
Low VOC Carpet
Want a cozier surface than cork or linoleum? Low VOC carpet might be the choice for you. Carpet manufacturers are now making products with more organic materials and lower levels of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. When looking at carpets, make sure to choose one that has been approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). Carpets with CRI approval have passed their air quality and environmental tests and will have a special institute seal on the label to show it.
About the Author:
Paige Thomas is the head blogger for ReliableRemodeler.com, a nationwide Contractor Matching Service based in Portland, OR. When not out and about hiking, biking, or checking out new restaurants in the Pacific Northwest, she loves poring over home design and home improvement tricks, as well as staying abreast of all the newest green building techniques. For more of her musings, visit the ReliableRemodeler.com Blog or Twitter Account.