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The 5 most popular types of eco-friendly flooring

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2014-04-28 07:49:59

Did you recently just complete the purchase of your first home? If so, you have probably been busy signing mountains of paperwork making plans to move your belongings into the new house.

Once you have fully transitioned, though, you might want to give some thought to the various ways in which you can reduce your property's environmental impact. There are a number of different approaches to doing so - such as by installing energy-efficient appliances - but the most effective is often through the incorporation of eco-friendly flooring. This project can help enhance the degree of sustainability your home offers through updating the materials that cover its living spaces.

If you're looking to simultaneously improve the aesthetic appeal and functionality your home boasts while reducing your environmental impact, you could benefit by introducing the following five types of flooring to your residence:

1. Natural linoleum - Made from all raw materials, including wood flour, linseed oil and resins - this flooring material has been a popular choice of eco-conscious homeowners for more than a century, according to HGTV. Thanks to its bactericidal properties, natural linoleum is successful at stopping microorganisms from multiplying and is simple to clean. This material also provides individuals with the chance to personalize living areas, as it can be made to look like fine wood flooring, as well as upscale tiling, among other styles. 

2. Composite wood - If you are looking to update an outdoor living area such as a deck or patio, your best bet might be with composite wood. This material is made from a combination of recycled plastic and wood waste, which help make it incredibly strong, stable and durable. Even when exposed to the elements for long periods of time, this type of flooring won't crack, warp, splinter or rot - like hardwood often does.

3. Wool carpeting - Whereas other types of carpet have traditionally been made with toxins and volatile organic compounds, this option comes from a renewable natural resource that is spun into thread. According to Freshome, wool was one of the first materials to be used as a floor covering, as it is extremely durable. And, because the textile can be dyed to take on any color or pattern, this soft material offers homeowners the chance for customization. Whether you're looking to have wall-to-wall carpeting installed or simply want to introduce an intricate area rug, this is a sustainable and cost-effective choice.

4. Concrete - Although it is a popular choice for subflooring, concrete has been growing in popularity as a primary material used in high-end residential properties. Homeowners can enjoy a wide range of possibilities for personalization, as the surface can be stained, polished and textured to their individual preferences. Easy to clean and extremely durable, there is no reason you will ever have to replace this flooring material during the time you own your home.

5. Cork - While it is a softwood, the natural elasticity found in cork makes it a great choice for those looking for a sustainable and stylish option for their home's flooring. This type of wood provides thermal and acoustic insulation, and is even hypo-allergenic, Green American noted. As an added safety benefit, cork is fire-resistant and can serve as an insect-repellent - ensuring that you will always be comfortable when spending time in these spaces. 

Ready to incorporate any of these flooring materials into your current home? Concerned that you might not be able to pay for all of the associated work? Poli Mortgage Group can help. Largely thanks to its Loan Officers' abilities to find clients great low rates, this trusted firm is considered one of the nation's top mortgage lenders. Through the organization's state-of-the-art website, you can research available rates at any time of day without having to input any personal information. When you've found a deal you'd like to pursue, simply fill out a Contact Us form to have a representative reach out. To learn more, call 866-353-7654 today.

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