A smooth hard floor can be a great attraction for many buyers due to its ability to not trap copious amounts of dust and other allergens amongst its fibres; and there are great many choices in flooring that you can install in your home that have a lot of appeal to buyers. One of the biggest appeals of these types of floors isnít just the fact that they donít trap allergens and dust in them, but that so many of them are also eco-friendly as well. The best options for eco-friendly flooring are reclaimed hardwood, bamboo, and linoleum flooring.
Reclaimed hardwood can be a fabulous option for home owners looking to add a real character element to their floors. Planks are salvaged from the demolition of old buildings where they may have been flooring or boards from old buildings like barns. The boards are dried in kilns and left unfinished until after installation. Reclaimed boards can be given different types of surface treatments to give them an antique-type surface; some companies offer a type of flooring with saw marks on the surface or with a scraped top that is reminiscent of an antique refinished floor. Reclaimed wood floors have more character than a pre-finished wood floor and are more eco-friendly as no new trees have to be cut down to make it.
Bamboo floors are a nice green option if youíre not looking for a flooring that has an antique or wood look to it. Bamboo is a sustainable crop; bamboo plants can be harvested every 5 years or so and requires no fertilizer.†The types of bamboo flooring vary in their style, so there are different looks that you can achieve with them. It is important to remember that some types of bamboo flooring uses high VOC emitting adhesives, so it pays to do your research here.
Linoleum flooring as an eco-friendly option is a bit of a surprise to some home owners. Due to the common mislabeling of vinyl flooring as linoleum, there is a misconception that linoleum is not very green or attractive. However, linoleum is a great green product with antibacterial and antistatic properties. Linoleum is made from linseed oil, wood flour, and cork dust with mineral pigments all applied to a fabric background. While for years linoleum was considered out of fashion, it has made quite a comeback in recent years. Linoleum is now available in a broad spectrum of colors and in tiles as well as rolls.
Consider the style of your home before making your decision on what type of eco-friendly flooring will work best in your home. Whatever you choose, prospective buyers are sure to look favorably on it!
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