Many homeowners in the Columbia area are looking to incorporate green building materials. Luckily, there are a number of natural and eco-friendly flooring products available today. Here is a quick overview of some popular types of natural flooring that will bring the outdoors in.
Carpet is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think of natural flooring, but there are some functional and stylish options available. Sisal carpeting, for example, is a plant-based floor covering that is made from the fibers of a cactus plant. Other popular natural carpet fibers include seagrass, jute, cotton, and wool.
Plant-based carpet fibers are not typically recommended for use outdoors since they are prone to mold and mildew from moisture and fading from sunlight. They can also become worn and slippery over time, so use on stairs or in high traffic areas is not recommended.
Hardwood flooring is a classic. The natural look of the wood is appealing to homeowners and buyers alike, making it a great investment for your home. Hardwood flooring can also last for generations, adding historical value to the natural appeal. Purchasing hardwood flooring that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council helps ensure the sustainability and quality of the wood.
If you love the look of hardwood, but want a product that is specifically eco-friendly, bamboo flooring is a great option. This flooring is made from the bamboo grass, but it has the look and characteristics of hardwood flooring.
Natural stone tiles have been used as flooring for thousands of years. Travertine, marble, granite, and slate are popular options that will last for generations in your Columbia home. Stone does have some specific care and maintenance requirements. The porous tiles need to be sealed periodically to keep them in good condition, and tiles made from sedimentary stone, such as travertine and slate, are prone to chipping. However, stone is hard to beat for a durable, long-lasting and beautiful floor covering.
If you are interested in learning more about these and other natural flooring options, contact our team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East. We will come to your Columbia home with our mobile showroom to help you find the perfect floor covering!