At Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta, we help Atlanta homeowners find, purchase, and install their dream floors. Like many Atlanta homeowners, you may desire flooring that is not only stylish and affordable but also easy on the environment. Well you’re in luck: as Atlanta’s most trusted flooring provider, we carry hundreds of environmentally friendly flooring options. Read on to learn about three of our most popular varieties.
Many of the qualities that make cork excellent for aging fine wine make it very suitable for flooring in your home. Cork is highly water resistant, making it ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. In addition, it is soft and springy underfoot and adds unique flair to any space.
Cork is one of the most sustainable flooring options available because of the way it’s harvested. Mostly grown in the Mediterranean, the material used to make corks and cork flooring is the bark of the cork tree, which is annually sheered and regrown. This method does not harm the tree, which saves the resources it would take to replant and regrow trees from saplings.
Bamboo has long been the poster child for environmental friendly flooring. Aesthetically, it is very similar to a light hardwood, making it ideal for modern aesthetics. Architects and interior designers have been utilizing this east Asian material for years in high end homes, and in the last decade, it has becoming more popular for the average homeowner.
Bamboo may look like a hardwood, but it is technically a grass—albeit a very thick one. Because of this, bamboo grows extremely quickly and efficiently. Some species of bamboo can grow four inches in a day. Some hardwoods only grow that much in an entire year.
When it comes to hardwood, the most popular species are all domestic. Sure, the exotics are gorgeous and invariably stronger than domestic varieties, but North American-grown hardwood is sturdy, affordable, and easier on the environment. Choose American cherry to add warmth and comfort to your home. Hickory can lend its natural, rustic look to your traditional aesthetic. Most of the environmental impact from hardwood flooring comes from its shipping, so choosing a domestic hardwood ensures that the trees don’t have to travel far to make it from the forest to your home.
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