Do you want a green floor that does not subject the environment to risk and is manufactured in a friendly manner? Well, there are plenty of Phoenix flooring options that are considered green, and are made from natural or renewable substances. However, the mode of manufacture is not the only factor that affects the environment friendliness of Phoenix flooring. There are other things to consider as well which also impact the environment such as maintenance, transport distance, life cycle, toxicity and so on.
Here are some materials that are considered the greenest of all Phoenix flooring options.
Cork is a natural and renewable material that is made from an oak tree’s bark. The bark used is the one which grows after the tree has already been harvested. Cork insulates heat and cold, and so helps in maintaining a fixed temperature in the room. It also prevents growth of mold, mites, and bugs.
The average price of cork is around $1.50 to $4 per square feet.
Linoleum is a material that is manufactured from linseed oil, obtained from flax plants. It is produced in a manner which does not have any serious negative impact on the environment. Moreover, once it has been used, it can easily be burnt and utilized as fuel. This produces energy which is almost the same as that required to produce linoleum. Thus, the lifecycle of linoleum is an almost complete closed loop system.
Linoleum is a durable material and can see as much as 40 years in your house; the average price is around $2 to $5.
Bamboo is one of the most popular Phoenix flooring options. The plant grows at a very rapid pace and can be harvested in just about three years, which makes it a renewable material. This is a good feature but it is somewhat mitigated by the fact that bamboo is mostly produced in the Pacific Rim and so pollution may be created as it is imported to your region. But other than this, bamboo is a green material and since the costs incurred are not excessive, it is used abundantly. The average price of bamboo flooring is about $2 to $5.
Hardwood is a product that is naturally produced by the Earth and is constantly renewed. Hardwood is biodegradable and once its lifetime is over, it can be reconciled and utilized as fuel. It can also be used for other Phoenix flooring projects after some treatment.
The average price of hardwood floors lies in the range between $3 and $12 per square feet.
Stone is another natural product of the Earth that is a result of the tectonic process. Stone has no harms on the environment and can easily be recycled. The only issue is that the material is heavy and may impact the environment while being transported from one place to another.
Other than its green properties, natural stone is a great choice for Phoenix flooring because of its attractive colors. The average price is around $7, but some natural stones can cost as much as $35 per square feet.