What Eco Friendly Flooring Options are Out there?

What are the eco-friendly flooring options for homes?

 

With environmental awareness influencing a number of political and social issues throughout Australia, many homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and give back to the environment. One of the ways Australians have begun doing this is by choosing eco-friendly housing materials like eco-friendly floors.

Today, we’ll look at what types of eco-friendly flooring options are available, what their cost is, and the pros and cons of each.

 

Hardwood is one of the most eco friendly flooring options

 

 

Recycled Hardwood

 

Arguably the most eco-friendly floor covering, recycled hardwood has a minimal impact on the environment. This is because the timber used for these floors is sourced from existing structures (such as wharfs and train ties) before being recrafted into hardwood planks.

Thanks to this sustainable manufacturing process, new trees are never chopped down. Instead, old materials that would have been burned or thrown into a landfill are put to good use. Overall, it’s a win-win for the environment and consumers.

 

FSC Certified Timber

 

The FSC is an organization dedicated to protecting forest ecosystems around the world.

Today, the program oversees forests in over 80 countries, many of which produce hardwood for timber planks.

Homeowners who want to install a brand-new hardwood floor without compromising their dedication to suitability often look for FSC certified hardwood planks. These planks have been sourced from carefully regulated regions and are branded with a small FSC logo on the packaging.

 

Bamboo:

 

Bamboo only takes about five years to grow, it produces more raw materials per square inch than other types of plants harvested for flooring material. Because it grows much faster than other types of natural materials, it is believed to be a more environmentally responsible product compared to hardwood. For the most eco-friendly bamboo, look for products that have been approved by the FSC.

 

Cork:

 

A lesser-known (but equally effective) eco-friendly flooring option is cork. While hardwood trees must be chopped down completely to harvest their resources, cork is produced only from the bark of the cork tree. Because the tree never has to be cut down, cork is an incredibly sustainable resource. Furthermore, cork trees can be harvested every ten years – a small number compared to the waiting time of hardwood trees to come to full maturity, which can take anywhere from 15-24 years.

 

 

Each of the four floor types mentioned above are universally accepted as the most eco-friendly flooring options for residential use.

While searching for your next floor, check for the FSC stamp of approval to confirm the product you’re considering was regulated by the FSC. Thankfully, each of these options come in a variety of color tones, including blonde, tan, and chocolate.

If you have any questions about the best type of floor covering for your home or rental property, contact our flooring experts at 1300 962 837 to request a recommendation.

 

 

 

The Most Popular Hardwood Flooring Colors

Make your house a home with a personalized hardwood floor.

 

In the past, homeowners were limited to just a few hardwood plank colors. While classic tones (like tan and mahogany) are still popular today, the improvements in manufacturing processes now makes it possible to access a variety of modern hardwood colors.  As a result, homeowners now have more freedom and flexibility to create the interior they’ve always dreamed of.

Below, you’ll find a list of plank colors that have gained popularity throughout New South Wales over the past few years.

 

Multi-Toned Floors

 

Multi-toned hardwood floors have grown in popularity recently thanks to their stimulating visual impact on simple rooms. These floors are hallmarked by their collection vastly different colors (from light tan to dark red) and are a great choice for families looking to add life to modestly furnished rooms.

 

If you’re considering multi-toned planks, we recommend the Jarrah Solid Timber Plank or the Queensland Spotted Gum Plank from Hurford Hardwood.

 

Blonde and Light Tan

 

Blonde planks are one of the more traditional hardwood plank colors and are still popular in homes throughout New South Wales.

Because blonde planks are easy to match, lightly colored hardwood floors can be paired with a variety of interior design styles, from classic to contemporary. To make your home feel more traditional, use hardwood planks with a single continuous color; for a more contemporary look, try using a multi-toned floor instead.

 

If you’re considering a blonde hardwood floor, we recommend the Northern Beech Series by Hurford Hardwood.

 

Classic Dark Colors

 

The warmth and sophistication that dark hardwood floors bring to a home is undeniable.

Dark planks traditionally come in shades like mahogany, dark walnut, and coffee. Today, however, it’s not uncommon to find unusual colors like ebony and deep red lined up with other classic tones.

 

If you’re considering dark hardwood flooring for your home, we recommend the Roasted Peak plank by Hurford Hardwood.

 

 

Cream-Toned Planks

 

Cream-colored hardwood floors have been thrown into the spotlight over the past few years thanks to the variety of soft shades (from off-white to light pink) found in each plank.

Most commonly used to tie together interiors with a contemporary design, they can be found in are also popular in traditionally furnished homes because they hide scratches well and emphasize the natural lighting throughout the home.

 

If you’re considering cream-colored timber, we recommend the Hurford Hardwood French Oak plank.

 

Thanks to the variety of finishes and timber species available in our showroom, you can pick a floor that truly brings out the unique beauty of your home. Homes with a modern design should consider contemporary options (like cream) to emphasize the design. If you prefer the look of classic hardwood, however, we recommend installing dark tones (like walnut and mahogany) or light tan shades (such as blonde) instead.