Eco-friendly flooring materials are almost limitless. The advent of Pinterest has brought us flooring made from pennies, old pallets, and even paper bags. However, unless you plan to stay in your home for a long time, or replace and/or factor in the cost of a new floor when you put your house on the market, it’s generally advisable to steer clear of these more unconventional flooring options. There are still many unique choices that will appeal to buyers when you eventually decide to sell.
Natural flooring is a trend that looks as though it’s here to stay. Here are three beautiful, comfortable, and durable eco-friendly flooring options that are great choices for your new home or renovation.
Lino, used widely in the early part of the 20th century, is making a comeback. Made from renewable materials like linseed oil, pine resin, and burlap, linoleum is durable and can be quite attractive. Advances in manufacturing practices have given lino a new lease on life, with brighter colours, easier installation, and a more affordable price point.
Cork has been a popular material for a long time, and for good reason. Its resilient texture is soft underfoot and offers excellent insulation properties. It is a great choice for bedrooms or dry, finished basements. The beautiful irregular texture of cork also lends itself well to a variety of designs, from ultra-modern to cozy-cottage.
A great alternative to traditional hardwood is bamboo. Like cork, bamboo has antibacterial properties. The fast-growing bamboo tree produces oxygen in abundance, making it a great sustainable choice. It’s also good from a budget perspective, coming in less expensive than hardwood. Bamboo is extremely durable and doesn’t have to be professionally installed.
If you’re thinking about sprucing your home up before you put it on the market, or you’re planning on buying and renovating, you’ve probably got your ear to the ground. Or rather, your eyes. Flooring is a huge part of a room’s personality. Wall colour is easy to change, but floors require more forethought and usually a larger investment of time, money, or both. If you’re unsure, your REALTOR® can help you decide on which additions are worth the cost, and which are better left for your next home.
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