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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Many Colors of Eco-Friendly Flooring

A few weeks ago, the Green Connoisseur highlighted eco-designer Kelly LaPlante for her commitment to 'green design.' While Kelly and other designers do a wonderful job helping clients choose eco-friendly interior design elements that are stunning - you can do these things yourself as well. If you'll be renovating soon, one thing you should know about is eco-friendly flooring and how versatile and beautiful it can be. With the help of Eco Friendly Flooring and a few other great companies, you're about to find out just how many choices you really have when it comes to installing green flooring in your home. Recycled Metal Flooring While many individuals use scrap metal to create works of art, this company is showing customers just how great recycled metal can be under your feet...and these recycled metal tiles can be used as wall tiles as well. This is a great option for a bathroom or kitchen and installs exactly like ceramic tile would. These tiles are created from recycled metal or brass, and clean easily with mild soap and water. Bamboo Flooring Bamboo is perhaps the most popular type of eco-friendly flooring, and for good reason, too! It's gorgeous and can be purchased in plank style or tongue and groove. It's nailed or glued down and cleans easily with a mop and vinegar water. Bamboo flooring is so versatile that it can be used anywhere and can be refinished in the same way that other types of wood flooring can. While bamboo is a great option for its sustainability, it's also exceptionally strong and durable. Cork Flooring Cork is a wonderful option for floors because it's available in a wide variety of colors and styles, so finding something that suits your unique personality and taste isn't hard. It's also an excellent choice for areas where a lot of excess noise will be, because it absorbs that noise. One of the great things about cork flooring is that it can be laid right over most types of existing floor. Cork flooring is cleaned the same way as bamboo flooring, and is easy to install. Recycled Glass Tile Recycled glass is a beautiful option for floors, and works well in kitchens and bathrooms. With the wide variety of recycled glass, there is virtually no limit when it comes to colors and patterns. Recycled glass tiles can be used for eco-friendly flooring, walls, countertops and so much more. The glass tiles are placed in much the same way as ceramic tiles, and are easy to clean with mild soap and water. EnviroGLAS is another company bringing beautiful eco-friendly options to customers with their wide array of glass tiles. Reclaimed Wood Flooring Reclaimed wood flooring is also becoming very popular - not only because it's an excellent option for the environment, but because there is a wide variety of looks and styles available and it's gorgeous. Pioneer Millworks is one company specializing in reclaimed wood flooring, and works directly with the customer to help him or her choose the exact woods that will create the desired look and style. Reclaimed wood flooring is great to use in any part of the house and can be cleaned with mild soap and water or vinegar water and a damp mop. It's easy to see that the environmentally-conscious individual has many different options when it comes to flooring, and that green flooring is anything but drab or boring. With the many beautiful selections and styles available, there is a type of eco-friendly flooring to suit every homeowner! Photos Courtesy of Eco Friendly Flooring, Pioneer Millworks, and EnviroGlas Designs

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you who don't know, cork floors are beautiful, I have them in my home and they are super easy to maintain

7/29/2009 12:59:00 PM  

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