Natural flooring options
8 September 2014 | Helpful tips and hints
Wood is a unique and renewable material. Trees absorb carbon during their growing cycle, and this carbon remains stored in products like wood flooring during its service life. Wood itself is considered to be hypoallergenic. Reclaimed wood is also used for wood flooring.
Bamboo flooring is made from a fast-growing renewable “timber” (bamboo is actually a grass). It is natural anti-bacterial, water-resistant and extremely durable. Bamboo has become a fashionable décor choice and Andersens have a wide range to choose from.
Cork flooring is made by removing the bark of the Cork Oak without harming the tree (if harvested correctly); as such, it is a renewable and sustainable resource. It is naturally anti-microbial and has excellent insulation properties, ensuring minimal heat loss and comfortable warm walking surface. Cork is resilient and ‘springs back’ preventing imprints due to heavy traffic and furniture, it also provides excellent noise insulation.
Linoleum – Vinyl flooring is known as resilient flooring, is made from dried and milled flax seeds mixed with other plant material (pine resins, wood flour, ground cork) with a jute backing, all completely natural materials which come from renewable sources and are 100% biodegradable. All by products and waste is milled and used. Linoleum does not fade, as the pigments are embedded in the structure. It is anti-static, repelling dirt, dust and other small particles, making it hypoallergenic – for this reason it is often used by people with respiratory issues (asthma, allergies). It is also fire-resistant and does not require additional fire-retardants finish.
Rubber flooring is made from a rubber tree, a 100% renewable resource. It is easy to install and maintain, is anti-static and provides effective sound insulation and vibration reduction. Rubber flooring is also resistant to fading and cigarette burns.
Natural and Recycled Carpet are sustainable by using natural fibers such as cotton, sisal, wool, jute and coconut husk. It is also possible to have carpet made completely from recycled polyethylene terephthalate used for food/drink containers. Recycled nylon is also a common material used and recycled into brand new nylon carpet.
Coconut timber flooring is a hardwood substitute from coconut palm trees. Coconut palm wood flooring is cheaper than teak, with the wood hardness comparable to mahogany. Coconut palm wood is made from matured (60 to 80 years old) coconut palm trees that no longer bear fruits.
If you would like to know more about Andersens natural flooring options please feel free to contact one of our friendly floor experts