The growing interest surrounding sustainability has meant that designers and constructors alike are looking for sustainable, natural materials that create healthier spaces. Thus, people are turning to natural floor coverings that are more environmentally friendly. This has led to the spike in interest for wood, one of the most natural, resilient and durable flooring materials. Wood exudes warmth and elegance, adding value to any space either commercial or residential.
Wood is one of the most sustainably harvested materials. As the harvesting is overseen by local governments and international bodies both the timeframe and amount of wood that can be harvested is regulated. In addition, albeit it takes long for a tree to grow, it is a renewable material as many trees are replanted globally. Wood requires the least amount of energy to produce. Also, wood production has very little waste since manufacturers can use by-products such wood chips and sawdust to produce paper and other composite products. Excess wood can also be burned and is considered clean bio-energy.
Further, wood can be reused and reclaimed wood is used for many purposes by architects, makers and interior designers.
Investing in sustainable flooring is a major tool to improve the sustainability and value of your home. Solid hardwood floors and engineered wood floors are an environmentally friendly long-lasting flooring solution. With proper care, wood flooring can last for many decades. Research shows that wood flooring improves overall air quality in the home. Also, wood floors are hypoallergenic and have minimal contamination from mold and dust.
Further to being a sustainable choice, hardwood floors have a classic, timeless appeal that make them an elegant option. They are also very versatile and can suit any type of style or decor.
Another material that has grown in popularity is bamboo. Although technically grass and not wood, bamboo has grown in popularity in recent years due to the fact that it is an environmentally friendly renewable source. Bamboo grows quickly (3-5 years). It is also durable and easy to maintain and widely used for multiple applications such as wood floorings, decking, cladding, fencing etc. It is also commonly used for outdoor applications making it more durable through a process of compressing and thermally treating. In future, the use of thermally treated bamboo is expected to proliferate.