Looking for a hardwood floor but also wanting something friendly to the environment? Look no further than FloorQuest! We have sustainably derived “hardwood” material that will keep both the earth and your home beautiful.
Bamboo has been an option as a flooring source for a few decades, but has recently increased in popularity. Bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood, so it grows back very easily after being harvested. This flooring is engineered by slicing and shredding the grass, then pressing it back together with heat and glue in order to create boards. There are two main looks for bamboo flooring: Vertical Bamboo has a narrow striped and uniformed look. Horizontal Bamboo has a wider pattern and often shows the knuckles and knots in the grain pattern.
Bamboo flooring has quite a few similar characteristics to traditional hardwood, but with an eco-friendly spin. This flooring is very durable, about equivalent to traditional hardwood flooring. This flooring will bring a very clean and contemporary look to your home, however, it comes in limited shade options. While this flooring is easy to clean and mop, like hardwood, it absorbs water easily and is susceptible to water damage, so it’s best to only install bamboo flooring in rooms with limited moisture. The longevity of these floors is extensive as you can refinish them as wear and tear appears.
Cork flooring is a fairly new flooring option that is created from the bark of cork oak trees in a harmless manner, and this material is biodegradable. This bark completely grows back within a few years, making this a wonderful sustainable source for flooring. This same material that’s used for wine corks or bulletin boards is cut into veneers to create flooring products. Cork is aesthetically versatile and comes in many styles, colors and sizes to let you create a unique flooring for your home.
Cork floors offer sound and heat insulation, and its cushioned texture will feel good under bare feet. Like with hardwood, cork can be refinished to extend its longevity. This soft material can be more prone to damage from pets, heels and sharp objects. Although this soft texture is susceptible to indentions from furniture and appliances, cork is very durable and will bounce back. When properly maintained, these floors can last up to 40 years or more. Cork is a hypoallergenic material and repels dust and hair, and is naturally resistant to mildew and mold, all promoting higher indoor air quality.