Linoleum benefits and availability
True linoleum is eco-friendly and made of natural materials, including linseed oil. Linoleum is inherently antimicrobial. Any adhesives are free of solvents and labeled "no-VOC." Often containing recycled content, linoleum is fire retardant and water resistant. Linoleum kitchen flooring is long-lasting and easy to clean.
You can buy true linoleum in tiles, sheets, or planks. The sheeting has fewer joints so the age of the flooring won't show as quickly. If you have a specific pattern in mind, tiles or planks may be needed.
Cork benefits and availability
Cork flooring for your kitchen is warm and comfortable underfoot. Cork is a rapidly renewable and carefully protected resource. Cork manufacturers have broadened their palettes to include pale, dark and colored options. Manufacturers have also included a variety of patterns. This eco-friendly product is also easy to clean, and has good sound absorption qualities. Cork is hypoallergenic, non-toxic, fire retardant, and naturally mold and pest resistant. Depending on the quality, this eco-friendly flooring can last between 10-30 years.
Cork flooring is available in both tiles and planks. Look for prefinished products containing a no-VOC finish. Prefinished products have vertical edges that are missed during the finishing process. Therefore, It might be worth adding a top coat sealant after installation. Taking this step protects the edges and joints of your eco-friendly cork floor.
Concrete benefits and availability
Concrete is easy to clean, and never needs to be replaced. With a compressive strength of about 500 pounds per square inch, your kitchen floor would be seemingly indestructible. This eco-friendly flooring is made of chips of marble or granite set in concrete and polished. The non-porous system does not support microbial growth and does not allow accumulation of moisture.
To green your concrete, you can increase the fly-ash content (a by-product of coal processing). Only do this if coal is processed in your region. Otherwise the negative environmental impact that comes from transporting the fly-ash will cancel out the benefits. Consider incorporating recycled glass to reduce the amount of virgin aggregate used.
Bamboo benefits and availability
Bamboo is another naturally renewable resource, which can be grown in 3 years. Bamboo is technically a grass which grows much faster than wood. Bamboo flooring is durable, and usually comes with a 25 year guarantee. Bamboo comes in a wide range of different shades and grains.
Eco-friendly flooring options are expanding all the time. New materials and renewable combinations are being reused, created, and harvested. For buyers interested in environmentally sound and beneficial building materials, look no further than the floor under your feet.
Do you have questions about eco-friendly kitchen floors? Call Gowdy Flooring today at (806) 353-6226, or connect with us via email. Check out our website to see our full line of products and services and to read more About Us. We welcome you to visit our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.