Today, more people are interested in renovating their homes with earth-friendly green materials. When it comes to flooring options, there are quite a few eco-friendly options to choose from. One of the greenest flooring materials in the market today is bamboo. But how do bamboo flooring costs compare to other green flooring options?
Cork is a naturally renewable material made from the bark of the cork tree. This bark quickly grows back after it’s been harvested. Not only is it responsibly harvested, but cork insulates against cold and heat, is a natural repellent to bugs and mold. Some cork flooring is really green being made from recycled bottle stoppers. The average price for cork flooring is $1.50 – $4.00 per sq foot.
Linoleum gets a bad rap for being a rather “unsexy” flooring option, but it is one of the greenest materials available. Made from oxidized linseed oil – which is produced naturally from flax plants, linoleum is very renewable. This flooring option can generally last for up to 40 years, and, when the material is no longer of use, it can be burned as fuel. The average price of linoleum is $2 – $5 per sq foot.
Environmentally Friendly Carpeting
Not all carpets are made equally. Many are produced from petroleum which is a non-renewable resource. Many carpets also carry the risk of releasing toxins into the home. To find green carpets look for ones made from natural materials like jute, wool and sea grass. The average price for green carpeting is $3 – $13 per sq foot.
Harwood floors are warm and beautiful to look at and they are a great eco-friendly option as well. Wood is renewable, although depending on the kind of hardwood it can take quite a few years for some to regrow, and it’s also biodegradable as well as recyclable. It’s important though to make sure you choose wood that is harvested from forests that are certifiably well-managed by the Forest Stewardship Council. On average the cost of hardwood flooring is $3 – $12 per sq foot.
Recycled Hardwood Floors
This wood generally comes from old buildings where materials have been reclaimed. Using reclaimed wood cuts down on waste and prevents cutting down of more trees. If you go the recycled hardwood route, just be sure the wood has never been treated with toxic chemicals. The average cost of of recycled hardwood is $5 – $30 per sq foot.
Natural Stone Flooring
Stone is a very natural material from the earth, literally. It doesn’t harm the environment and can even be recycled for other applications. Average cost for stone is $7 – $35 per sq foot.
Recycled Metal Tiles
Metal tiles are becoming quite popular, especially with hipsters and those who don’t remember life before cell phones. They are usually manufactured from scrap pieces of copper, brass or aluminum. Reusing metal in this way, which is not biodegradable, keeps it out of landfills. The average cost of recycled metal tiles is $30 – $70 per sq foot. No, that’s not a typo. It’s not the cheapest option but again, for those looking for something different and stylish, this packs a punch.
And last but not least we have bamboo flooring which is one of the greenest options because it is made from bamboo, one of the fastest growing plants with a harvest cycle of just 5-7 years. Bamboo comes in varying grains, textures and colors and is very cost effective with quality floors available as low as $3 – $5 per sq foot.
As you can see, are on the lower end of the spectrum. This green material is durable, affordable and looks great with any décor.