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Eco Friendly Flooring Options

If you are planning to remodel your house, you might want to consider choosing eco friendly flooing.  It's often better for you and the other occupants of your home and it's definitely better for the environment. With more people demanding options that are environmentally safe, the cost of eco friendly flooring is also coming down - so you don't have to spend a fortune.

Here are a few of the most popular options that are available on the market today: 

Cork Flooring: Made from leftover cork that comes from the wine bottle industry, cork flooring is soft and helps to reduce sound in the home, so it's a great choice for second story rooms. It's one of the most eco friendly flooring options, and one of the most economical.  It can be purchased in tile sized pieces or larger sheets.  If you have a handy man (or woman!) around your house, it can easily be installed without hiring a professional.  

Bamboo Flooring: A great options for people who love the look of hardwood, but don't want to use hardwood because of the concerns. Bamboo is extremely renewable and it's actually quite strong as well.  This is another moderately priced eco friendly flooring option that can be installed at home, provided you have some basic knowledge. 

Linoleum Flooring: Many peopel confuse linoleum flooring with vinyl flooring.  Vinyl is NOT eco friendly, linoleum is! It's actually made from all natural products and is totally biodegradeable.  It's fairly cost effective and easy to install yourself as a weekend project.  It's also come a long way in the design department since it was so popular in the 70's.  Don't overlook linoleum as a great eco friendly flooring choice. 

Reclaimed Hardwood: For those that have to have hardwood flooring, consider picking up some reclaimed flooring. Like the name implies, it's been used somewhere else before you get it and it saves wood that would otherwise end up in a landfill.  Reclaimed wood often has nail holes and other marks, but that's what helps to make it unique. 

Concrete Flooring: Another great green option is concrete. It can be stained to about any color and there are some cool options on the market today. If you install during constrcution, it's extremely affordable as you can use your slab as flooring. You can also add heating in the floor to make it much more comfortable to walk on in the winter.  It stays nice and cool in the summer months, which will help cut down on electric bills. 

Wool Carpeting: If you absolutely must have carpeting, consider wool.  It's more expensive than other types of carpet, but it will last longer and it's much more eco friendly. Just make sure that it's not being installed with glue that has a high VOC count. 

If you have more money to spend, consider looking at recycled glass or recycled metal tile as flooring options. They are both green...and they cost a lot too! 

For more information on all these flooring options, check out Green Living Made Easy

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