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Sustainable Flooring – What are my options?

Whether you’re remodeling or building a new home, like Salisbury Hardwood Flooring, you should keep sustainability in mind when it comes to the products you use. Using green and sustainable options for big or small projects is as important as the design and quality. We source quality woods from FSC and Rainforest Alliance approved sources. We have compiled a list of four options for beautiful, Eco-friendly flooring.

  1. FSC-certified wood:(Hardwood and Laminate Wood) If you plan to install a new wood floor, choose wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). An FSC label ensures the wood is from a sustainably managed forest. The label also allows the you to follow the wood’s chain of custody from the time the wood was harvested to when the flooring was purchased. Almost any type of wood, from traditional to exotic, is available with FSC certification.
  2. Bamboo: Bamboo flooring is made from a renewable tall grass. The plant is not destroyed when the bamboo is harvested. Bamboo shoots grow back in five to six years, which is much faster than traditional hardwoods. Bamboo is also water-resistant and anti-bacterial.
  3. Reclaimed wood: When you choose reclaimed wood for your floors, you’re making a choice that’s sustainable. Reclaimed wood is wood that has been salvaged when buildings are torn down or substantially remodeled. Much of this wood comes from old homes, apartment buildings, gymnasiums and hotels.
  4. Linoleum: When you hear linoleum, your probably think back to kitchen floors from the 1950s and 1960s, they were easily torn, faded quickly and had many issues with moisture seeping through a worn top layer. This is no longer the case, today’s linoleum is made from natural substances, such as linseed oil, tree resin, cork and jute. It is easy to maintain and is available in a wide selection of vibrant colors and patterns.

Whilst there are many options, from Hardwood to Linoleum, we know that the two most important things for wooden flooring are quality and FSC and Rainforest Alliance approval. We guarantee that all of our materials are the best quality in their price range and come from approved reputable sustainable sources.