Make a bold statement with flooring that’s sustainable as well as stylish. If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, there are many different types of eco-flooring available.
Linoleum flooring is made from natural linseed oil, woodflour, cork dust, tree resins, pigments and ground limestone. It’s been around for many years and is as popular as ever thanks to its eco-friendly construction.
It’s highly practical and soft underfoot as well as being fire retardant and water-resistant, making it perfect for use in commercial premises. Linoleum can put up with a lot of wear and tear and has a sealer that protects it from stains. As a result, it tends to have an extremely long life, which adds to its eco-friendly credentials.
Linoleum is available in a huge array of patterns and designs, including solid and multicolour options. Marble, flecked, and stone-look are some of the most popular styles of linoleum.
Wool carpets and carpet tiles
Wool is a sustainable natural resource. As sheep annually regrow their coats, it’s a material that’s easy to replenish.
Wool is spun into thread, then woven and dyed to create beautiful carpets that are practical for both home and commercial use. Wool carpets are comfortable to walk on and highly durable. Some carpets and rugs have lasted for centuries.
Other natural and sustainable materials have been used to weave carpets including cotton, jute and sisal. The texture of flooring made from natural fibres can contrast from soft cottons to rougher materials such as coir.
Synthetic versions of rubber can be slow to degrade. But there are plenty of rubber flooring solutions that have been made from natural materials and these will have eco certifications. Some rubber flooring is even made from recycled tires.
Rubber flooring has many benefits. It’s comfortable to walk on, and water and slip-resistant. This makes it ideal for surgeries, veterinary practices, leisure centres, and gyms. It also comes in a wide range of colours and patterns.
Cork is taken from the bark of a cork oak tree, which can be stripped every ten years without harming the tree. It’s a highly resilient flooring material and can cope with heavy footfall.
Cork also provides thermal and acoustic insulation and has a soft texture, making it perfect for use in offices and commercial premises.
Wood that’s been derived from sustainable sources comes from forests that have been certified as following international standards of responsible forestry management.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is the best-known accredited sustainability certification scheme. The Council ensures the sustainability of the source forests and that environmentally responsible practices are followed during manufacture and distribution.
Timber flooring has the advantages of being durable, extremely attractive and giving the feeling of quality. It’s the first choice for offices wanting to create a big first impression. However, it does need a varnish finish to protect it from scratches and dents, and some maintenance is required to keep it looking pristine.
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FineLine Flooring specialises in the supply and installation of safety flooring and non-slip flooring to commercial and industrial sectors covering Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.
Our flooring installers are all CSCS registered and monitored to the highest standards. We meet all health and safety guidelines and are fully covered for commercial and employer’s liability insurance.