Beautiful Flooring Can be Environmentally Conscious

Have you given much thought to what you are walking on every day in your home?  The flooring that you choose says a lot about your style and a lot about how you live.  For example, for easy clean-up, this is especially important if you have pets or children, solid floor surfaces are best.  These would include flooring surfaces such as stone, tile, concrete or laminate. These are great flooring surfaces, especially in high traffic areas that need very durable flooring.

But these are not your only options and they are definitely not the only reason for choosing a specific flooring material.  For many of us, in addition to beauty and durability, we are looking for something that is more environmentally friendly.  You have some choices here.  Of course, anything that you can use that has been recycled is a great way to start.  Reclaimed wood or stone is an awesome use of previously used materials and keeps the material from being dumped in a landfill.  There is also the option of using materials that are made in a way that they are better for the environment, use less waste, is recyclable and uses fewer chemicals in the manufacturing process than other materials.

One of the best materials that you can use, while still looking warm and stylish is bamboo flooring because it is such a fast growing plant.  It really isn’t a tree, it is grass, but it can grow very quickly and is much easier to grow sustainably.  Often bamboo will be marked with its environmental benefits and proof of sustainability.  It comes in different colors and styles and looks beautiful in just about any situation.  It is also very durable and can be made using minimal chemicals and dangerous glues.  So, even in the manufacturing process it produces fewer harmful byproducts.

But one of the greatest benefits to a bamboo floor, besides how nice it looks and feels on your bare feet, is that if you are a do it yourselfer, you can install it on your own.  Wood flooring installation is not the easiest of DIY projects, but with the proper tools from great suppliers like ToolHQ, you can easily get the job done.  There are two ways to install a wood floor, depending on whether you are installing it over a plywood subfloor or over a concrete slab.  Installing over a plywood subfloor will require stapling of the wooded planks.  If you are installing the floor over a concrete floor, then you will have to either install a plywood subfloor or glue directly to the concrete floor.

Either way, you get a beautiful floor that you can be proud of,  Especially if you installed it on your own and knowing that you and your family can enjoy it for years and that you did something to help the environment.

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