People’s concern for the environment is only becoming more prominent as time goes on. With Eco, friendly choices for just about anything now, there’s no reason to stay blind anymore. This is why it’s unsurprising that more people are choosing to go Eco friendly when renovating and thinking about kitchen flooring ideas. For those of you that don’t know, there are many different environmentally friendly choices when it comes to flooring. This article will discuss the main three that are offered, along with pros and cons to all of them, to help you make the right choice for your needs. When choosing an Eco-friendly floor, the same principles should matter – warmth and comfort should rate high on your list as people spend a good amount of their time in the kitchen.
When most people hear linoleum flooring, they think of their grandparent’s house. What a lot of people don’t know is that this type of flooring is actually making a huge comeback because of its green appeal. Linoleum is made from linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins, ground limestone and other pigments, making it a favorite among Eco friendly consumers. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns – far more than were available in the 1950′s – and is relatively easy to maintain. Cleaning is as simple as mopping up a spill without having to worry about how wet your mop is. This isn’t the warmest of flooring options, though, so if you’re going to be spending almost all your time in the kitchen, you may want to go with one of the other Eco friendly options.
This is a good flooring option for people that like the look of wood flooring but don’t want to cut down a rain forest to get it. Bamboo flooring is made from bamboo grass, which is a rapidly renewable resource. It’s made to look and feel like real wood, with the same maintenance and durability statistics. It’s also warm, easy to keep clean, and is comfortable on your legs if you have to spend a lot of time standing on it. If you do choose to go with this flooring option, and you’re doing so strictly for its economic value, make sure the bamboo you’ve chosen is formaldehyde free, otherwise you may as well have gone with wood.
Cork has become a more popular flooring option is recent years. Made from the bark of cork oak trees, it’s a harvested resource that when turned into a floor is actually soft, warm, and extremely quiet. This flooring is available in both sheet and tile, giving the customer the opportunity to choose which one will work best in your kitchen. If properly sealed, this type of floor withstands moisture well and can be vacuumed and mopped with no issues. Minor dents will pop out of this type of floor but deep scratches do cause permanent damage.
Once you’ve chosen which of these Eco-friendly kitchen flooring ideas to go with, shop around for the best price possible. Some places may charge more for these types of flooring just because they’re environmentally safe, keep this in mind and you’ll have a beautiful, Eco and bank friendly new kitchen floor in no time.