There are many, many options for kitchen flooring. If you’re concerned about where your flooring comes from, there are options for you too. These three types of flooring are considered eco-friendly.
Hardwood flooring may not seem eco-friendly, but some varieties are sourced from responsibly managed forests. Make sure both the flooring product and manufacturer are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
Hardwood is durable and beautiful. It stands up to impacts and moisture, though spills need to be cleaned right away. There are many types of wood to choose from, and different options regarding its manufacture, including prefinished, unfinished, solid, and engineered options. Prefinished wood offers resistance to moisture. Solid wood sounds more stable, but engineered wood wins out here. It features a top layer of wood on top of a layer of plywood, lending stability and resistance to humidity and moisture.
Cork flooring is manufactured from tree bark that grows back, making it sustainable and renewable. The bark is harvested every eight to ten years, and can be harvested over and over again. Countries that produce the bark also regulate harvesting so that there will be a future supply.
Cork is waterproof and durable. It is a type of resilient flooring, which means that it is more forgiving when experiencing impacts from dropped items – you’ll experience less damage to the floor. This also makes it comfortable and soft to walk on, making your time in the kitchen less tiring. Its planks come with a variety of unique and attractive grain patterns and a textured surface which reduces slips, making your home safer.
The downside to cork is that it needs to be resealed every three to four years to protect it from scratches and moisture, which can enter the seams between the tiles. Resealing doesn’t have to include harmful chemicals, though: water-based polyurethane is a good option.
Linoleum is another resilient flooring that is renewable. It is made from biodegradable cork powder and linseed oil. It also contains no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Linoleum comes in a variety of colors, styles, and patterns. It’s durable and does well under years of foot traffic. It’s moisture-resistant but can still stain. This can be remedied by purchasing linoleum with a protective coating.
Help Both the Environment and Yourself
Hardwood, cork, and linoleum flooring will all look great in your home, last a long time, and resist impacts and moisture that can damage your floor. You will also feel great about using materials that are responsibly sourced and manufactured. World of Floors in Brandon, Florida, will help you decide which of the three is the best flooring for your Florida home. We can provide consultations and measurements in your home, and when you’re ready to take the next step, we do the entire installation for you. The end result will be great-looking, long lasting floors that you and your family can appreciate for years on end. Contact us today or leave a comment below this post with your questions!