While softwoods are generally not used for flooring, cork is an excellent sustainable flooring material choice even though it is softer than most woods. Don't be mislead by the name, cork is actually made from the bark of the cork oak tree, which has the capability to grow back within 3 years.
While softwoods are generally not used for flooring, cork is an excellent sustainable flooring material choice even though it is softer than most woods.
The natural elasticity of cork makes walking on them very comfortable, whether you are in shoes or choose to go barefoot, and those same elastic properties that give comfort recover well when furniture is moved and marks are left. Cork is also a natural insulator, and that means it will keep heat in better than regular hardwood floors, making it feel warmer to walk on. It also insulates against sound, so heavy footfalls or even loud music, will be more readily absorbed. Eco-friendly Cork is hypo-allergenic, fire resistant and it will even naturally repel insects. Cork is the “Swiss army knife” of eco-friendly flooring because it can do it all.
Although most people don't readily think of eco-friendly bamboo as a hardwood, consider this:
- Bamboo is 13% harder than maple
- Bamboo is 27% harder than red oak
- Bamboo has an exotic and lovely hardwood grain pattern that you won't find anywhere else
- Bamboo lasts longer and can take more abuse than regular hardwood floors
Our eco-friendly Bamboo flooring is made by compressing bamboo fibers under heat and pressure. Doing this makes a superior flooring material that repels water, and it is both mildew and insect resistant as well. If you have kids and still want an eco-friendly hardwood flooring option, it would be perfect for those kid inspired high-traffic homes, being able to resist abuse that other flooring wouldn't.
Bamboo is becoming one of the most popular sustainable flooring options, because of its durability, environmental friendliness and its beauty.
Bamboo flooring has been used for centuries, and there may be no more of a sustainable flooring material than bamboo. It grows quickly, harvests easily and flourishes in places where other plants won't.
If you are a purist and love the way a traditional hardwood floor looks and performs, but you are still environmentally conscious, then look no further than a reclaimed eco-friendly wood floor option.
Reclaimed hardwoods are custom milled to your specifications, and it comes from a variety of sources, none of which endanger new growth trees. All reclaimed eco-friendly hardwood flooring has been previously used, in one form or another, it is structurally sound and manufactured to fit your needs.
Some of the places where reclaimed flooring is acquired from are old barns, buildings, rural structures like homes, sheds and outbuildings, and other sustainable sources of reclaimed wood and timber. Many people have stated that reclaimed eco-friendly wood flooring looks better than the original, and styles range from antique flooring to wide planks, all with a diversity and a character all their own. No two floors will ever look the same.
This is recycled wood at its finest, and reclaimed hardwoods are at the core of a “green” flooring alternative.
For any questions about bamboo, cork flooring, reclaimed hardwoods, or any other type of flooring including laminates, vinyl, carpeting or others, please contact us at Warehouse Direct Flooring. We have over 30 hardwood flooring choices, low cost carpet remnants and an array of specialty flooring that will compliment the lifestyle you live. Warehouse Direct Flooring has been serving the Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley area for over 25 years.