Bamboo flooring is long lasting, durable and has a beautiful to look at. Bamboo flooring is harvested from bamboo, a fast growing and readily renewable resource. Bamboo flooring suppliers use one of the hardiest varieties of Chinese bamboo. The bamboo is then cut into strips and dried and laminated under pressure. The end result is a material that’s stronger than red oak or maple! Bamboo flooring offers you a choice that is very durable, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly.
Bamboo flooring is installed just like hardwood with the installer either gluing it together or nailing it down to the sub floor. Bamboo flooring usually comes in 3 to 6 foot strips or planks and is also offered as tiles. You can decide what type of look you’d like for your bamboo floor, either going with or without the distinctive “nodes” in the grain. Bamboo flooring is most often installed with a coating of urethane, but if you plan on sanding or finishing your bamboo floor later you can have it installed without this coating. There are two color variations in bamboo floors, the natural light or “blonde”, or a darker version that is created by smoking or carbonizing the bamboo during the drying process. With bamboo flooring you can create a comparable look to regular hardwood, increase the value of your home and feel good about your choice.
Low VOC/Formaldehyde Free Flooring
According to the EPA the air inside your home can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside. This is due to the high amount of chemicals in most home maintenance products and the interior building features of your home, including the flooring. That’s why Floortex Design offers a variety of low VOC flooring products to keep your home contaminate and chemical free, protecting your loved ones.
The first step is for our team of expert installers to cleanly and safely remove your existing flooring and subfloor. Most subfloors are plywood, which is manufactured using formaldehyde based binders. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. There are alternatives, like Microstrand, a wheat straw based plywood with no added formaldehyde. Your sealants for your hardwood floor can also be replaced with several low VOC solutions from SafeCoat. A healthy new underlayment like QuietWalk or MAXXON is then placed over your sub floor. Then we select a finish floor. Cork, bamboo, reclaimed hardwood, and Wool carpet are all green certified and low VOC flooring options that are good for the environment and your home or business. If you choose a hardwood floor, bamboo, or cork, the last step is to add a finishing option that is low VOC. EcoTimber is great for hardwood, cork and bamboo.
Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Reclaimed wood floors are a great green flooring option that offer a look that cannot be matched while having no negative impact on the environment. Reclaimed wood are gathered from old wood structures or other sources like old wood ships. Time gives this wood a naturally aged and antique look that takes years for new hardwood floors to achieve. The other great thing about reclaimed wood flooring is that the material used has a story. Whether it was once part of an old barn or a galley that crossed the Atlantic, your new floor has a history that you can now be a part of. By putting the wood to use again, we reclaim the past to make it your future.
Linoleum Flooring is an eco-friendly, inexpensive and practical flooring option. Linoleum flooring contains very little VOC content, being constructed from primary organic materials. Natural linoleum is made from linseed oil, pine resin, sawdust, cork dust, limestone and jute. These components make natural linoleum biodegradable and compostable. Linoleum is a great eco-frendly alternative to other resilient flooring like polyvinyl chloride. Though linoleum flooring can be more costly than vinyl the cost is offset by the fact that it’s longer lasting, holding strong for 10 to 20 years longer than vinyl if properly cared for. With linoleum you can achieve the same look of many costlier flooring options with the added benefit of your flooring holding up better than the others against traffic and moisture. Because of its resistance to moisture and spills linoleum is a great flooring option for bathrooms and kitchens. Remember that vinyl and linoleum, though similar, are different products. Be sure that your retailer knows what you’re looking for.
At Floortex Design we can help you pick the best green flooring option for your home or business and install it with professionalism and care. You can rest with ease knowing that your new floor had a minimal impact on the environment while at the same time appreciating the great look and added home value of a new floor. At Floortex Design we’re the green flooring experts of Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. Give us a call us today or fill out our free estimate form.