Environmentally friendly flooring is found in a growing number of American households, and Columbia homes are no exception. At Floor Coverings International Howard County, we help families in the greater Columbia, Ellicott City, Cooksville, Clarksville, MD area find flooring that is as sustainable as it is stylish. Read on for more information about a few of our favorite guilt-free flooring options.
Yes, the same material that keeps your wine fresh makes for excellent, sustainable flooring. Its water resistance and soft yet firm feel are what make it great for both flooring and winemaking. Cork is an excellent choice for kitchens and bathrooms—any room where moisture can be an issue and where you spend a lot of time standing. Cork is sustainably grown and harvested from cork trees in the Mediterranean. Unlike normal trees that must be chopped down to harvest, cork can be removed from the outer layers of the tree annually. This allows the tree to go on to produce more cork year after year.
Traditional hardwood is solid hardwood. This simply means that each board is made from a single piece of wood. Engineered hardwood, on the other hand, consists of layers of composite wood with a hardwood veneer. This has two main advantages: it allows hardwood to be installed directly on concrete without the need for a wood subfloor, and it is more sustainable. Because engineered hardwood contains less actual hardwood than solid hardwood, it can be shaved off of a tree with a knife rather than a saw. This reduces the surprising amount of wood that becomes sawdust.
For more information about your environmentally friendly flooring options, reach out to the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Howard County today. We carry thousands of flooring options perfect for Columbia families. We also offer free, in-home consultations, so you can compare flooring samples from the comfort of your living room.
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