If you’re facing a remodeling project for your home and are concerned about the environment, you may be wondering how you can incorporate eco-friendly flooring and cabinetry into the rooms in your house. What are the best types of green products and materials to use that won’t put undue stress on the environment? Let’s explore some of the options that are available to you.
The flooring you choose should be durable and versatile according to your usage requirements. Homes with lots of kids and pets will need something a little stronger than a couple that lives alone, for example. The colors and shades you choose will depend on the surrounding décor. Instead of a cheap throw rug on your flooring, try a sustainable rug that’s made from 100 percent Indian jute. This – surprisingly — affordable vegetable fiber is spun into durable threads that protect your hardwood flooring underneath. Instead of an outdoor wooden deck that will fade from years under the harsh sun, try ceramic rather than timber. Not only does it save trees and emissions, it also provides a natural, rustic texture made from 85 percent recycled material that resists fading. Another alternative to outdoor decking is to use recycled plastic bottles. It looks just as beautiful and it’s just as durable, but this composite recycled decking is available in many shades and textures, whether you want a traditional grain or an exotic hardwood. Another interior flooring that resembles hardwood is a porcelain tile derived from 85 percent recycled material that won’t ever need shining or refinishing.
Time to re-do your cabinets? Go for an eco-friendly touch this time with reusable and recycled materials. There’s been a lot of buzz about bamboo lately, and for good reason. This sustainable product is actually a kind of grass, not tree. It grows super fast in varied climates, so it’s easy to regenerate thanks to a maturity rate of just five years. Plus it’s very dense which lends it a certain durability that’s even harder than maple or oak. Compare that with your average hardwood tree which takes up to three decades to grow back fully. Another way to make a truly eco sustainable kitchen is to incorporate custom cabinetry made entirely from aluminum and glass. Using repurposed wood is a simple, rustic, natural way to bring new life to old wood, particularly when you match it to your counter tops as well.
Remodeling your kitchen gives you a brand new slate form which to start over. No more laminates, plastics and other materials that aren’t biodegradable. Choose natural materials for eco-friendly flooring and cabinets to create a more modern approach to homeownership.
If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!