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Go Green: Floor and Wall Coverings that are Eco-Friendly

Updated on April 29, 2011

When you come home from a long day at work or from sitting in rush hour traffic, all you really want is to enter into a peaceful and quiet respite—your home. Not only is your home your sanctuary, but it should also be a safe and healthy place for your family to live and play. Flooring and wall covering materials play a vital role in the quality of your home environment, as well as the effects the materials you choose have on the natural environment. Green your home and be a friend to the environment by choosing to install floor and wall coverings that are sustainable, such as bamboo, cork and linoleum.


As a type of wood flooring, bamboo is a very popular material not only for floors, but also for wall coverings. Since bamboo comes from a bamboo plant, it is sustainable because bamboo trees grow much quicker than hardwood trees, from which the wood for hardwood flooring comes. In addition to its sustainability, bamboo floor and wall coverings are also very durable. Installing bamboo flooring is similar to installing natural wood floors, so the process is not longer or more difficult.


Another sustainable floor and wall covering option is cork. The scent that cork flooring gives off is that of a wood aroma, which makes it a popular choice for floors. The installation of cork floors is a relatively simple process. After bamboo, cork is a highly popular option for installing an eco-friendly floor that also creates a healthy home environment.


A third green flooring option is linoleum. Often mistaken for vinyl, linoleum is made out of natural flax seed oil, which makes it a sustainable flooring material. As an added bonus, linoleum flooring comes in a variety of colors—making it easy to choose a linoleum tile that fits the color scheme, design and décor of the areas in your home where you install it, such as the kitchen and bathrooms.

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling an existing one, if you are going green, you have plenty of floor and wall covering options from which to choose. When you think of eco-friendly and sustainable building materials, you should think of bamboo, cork and linoleum as some of your options. Not only will choosing one of these options create a healthy home environment, but it also helps keep the external environment healthy in the process.


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