At Floor Coverings International NW Dallas, we like to keep our customers up to date on emerging trends in flooring. Environmentally friendly flooring options are surging in popularity with Dallas homeowners. From cork to white oak, we carry hundreds of sustainable flooring options sure to please environmentally conscious families in the greater Carrollton, Irving area. Here are a few of our favorites:
Perhaps the most well-know sustainable flooring option is bamboo. Native to central and Southeast Asia, Bamboo is found in swamps and has been utilized as a building material by the locals for millennia. Although it looks and feels much like a hardwood, bamboo is actually not a “wood” at all but a grass. And as a grass, it grows much more quickly than a tree. Some species of bamboo grow the same distance in one day as a hardwood species grows in one year. This wonder material requires less resources to grow and harvest, making it super sustainable.
Another popular hardwood alternative is laminate. Invented by the swedes in the late 70s, laminate has become increasingly popular for its ability to emulate hardwood at a fraction of the cost. Laminate consists of a wood composite bottom layer—for strength and stability—with a vinyl top layer featuring a printed wood design—for style. Laminate uses less resources than traditional hardwood and can be made with recycled materials.
There are two types of hardwood: solid and engineered. Solid hardwood is the traditional option and likely what you picture when you hear the word “hardwood”. It consists of a block of wood that was cut from a tree. Engineered hardwood consists of layers of wood and is often more sustainable than solid hardwood because of the way it is harvested. Whereas solid hardwood is cut with a circular saw, producing heaps of sawdust, engineered hardwood is sliced with a knife. More wood can be harvested from a single tree using this technique.
Hardwood is a natural material that requires little resources to grow and harvest—simply plant a tree and cut it down. The majority of the pollution from hardwood comes from shipping it around the world on ocean barges. Oak is an example of a hardwood that is predominantly grown in the United States. There are two types of oak flooring: red oak and white oak. We carry both varieties at Floor Coverings International NW Dallas and would be happy to help you choose the right option for your home.
The flooring experts at Floor Coverings International NW Dallas are passionate about providing quality products and service to homeowners in the greater Carrollton, Irving area. Call today for a free, in-home consultation.
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