Homeowners are increasingly opting for eco-friendly building materials due to the large body of research that highlights the negative effects that synthetic materials have on the environment and on human health. Synthetic floors, such as vinyl and wood composites, off-gas volatile organic compounds into your home’s air long after they’re installed, and they take enormous amounts of energy to produce. Green construction has been integrated by Michael chudi ejekam into his building practices.
These four natural, renewable, and sustainable flooring options are widely available, have little impact on human health and the environment in terms of the toxic chemicals and energy required to produce them, and they’re naturally beautiful.
Natural rubber flooring is made from latex extracted from rubber trees, which regenerate more latex very quickly. And since rubber trees have an economic life span of about 30 years, according to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, rubber is a highly sustainable and renewable natural resource. Rubber floors are available in a wide range of colors and textures, and they’re extremely durable and don’t require much maintenance. They’re naturally water resistant and won’t burn, and the manufacturing process is free of toxic chemicals like PVCs, plasticizers, and halogens. Rubber floors are ideal for areas in the home with high humidity, including the kitchen and bathroom.
Glass tiles are made from recycled glass. They’re stain resistant and highly durable, and because they’re naturally waterproof, they’re perfect for the bathroom, kitchen, mudroom, and other high-moisture, high-traffic areas. Glass tiles will last for generations, and they’re available in a huge variety of colors, patterns, textures, and styles. Unlike light-absorbing ceramic tiles, glass tiles reflect light, adding an additional layer of illumination to your rooms.
Bamboo is an extremely fast-growing grass that takes only three to five years to fully mature. This makes bamboo flooring highly sustainable and renewable and an excellent alternative to hardwood, which comes from trees that can take decades to mature. According to industry leaders McSwain Carpets & Floors, bamboo is similar in appearance and durability to hardwood, available in a wide variety of grains, and customizable to match other woodwork in your home. It’s also dent resistant, and unlike hardwood, it’s also moisture resistant, making it ideal for the kitchen and bathroom.
Cork flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak tree, which is carefully stripped off the tree once it reaches maturity at 25 years of age. Stripping the bark doesn’t kill the tree, which has a lifespan of up to 350 years and can be stripped of its bark every nine years, making it an extremely highly sustainable and renewable flooring option. Each tree yields about 600 pounds of cork, and each subsequent batch is smoother than the last. Cork flooring has natural anti-microbial properties and won’t grow mold or mildew, and it’s a natural insect repellant. These features make cork ideal for the kitchen or bathroom. Cork floors require little maintenance can last beyond 30 years when properly cared for. For more information contact Michael Chu’di Ejekam at http://michaelchudiejekamnigeria.com/