Bamboo Flooring & Alternatives

By: Jaimie Pearce

Bamboo Flooring Definition

-type of flooring manufactured from the bamboo plant.

Three Alternatives:

Three alternatives for bamboo flooring are: cork flooring, linoleum flooring, and recycled metal tile. All have advantages similar to bamboo flooring.

Cork Flooring

Cork flooring, like bamboo flooring, is very eco friendly. Only the bark of the cork oak tree is used, so the tree can continue to grow after the cork is removed. The bark grows back every nine years so cork is a renewable resource. Also, many companies are able to make cork flooring with little or no VOC. VOC are gases emitted from certain products which can affect the air quality of a room.

In a home, the flooring gives a cushioning feel. The air cells within the cork also trap heat and act as an insulator. The floor is also sound-resistant and is fire-resistant to a certain degree.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum flooring is ecologically friendly & made of natural materials. The flooring is made of oxidized linseed oil and cork or wood flour. The flooring is water resistant and very durable and flexible.

The flooring can be commonly seen in kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms.

Linoleum flooring does have some disadvantages in the home. Chemical corrosion is a possibility when using linoleum flooring. Also, indentations are easily created by things such as heels and furniture legs.

Recycled Metal Tiles

Recycled metal tiles are very eco friendly and are made using 50% recycled aluminum. Aluminum is a very renewable resource. The tiles are very durable and clean easily. Unlike stainless steel, no marks are made when cleaning the tiles.

The tiles create a modern look in the home and are most commonly used in bathrooms.

These tiles can be a little more expensive than most flooring. They also require a glazing which adds protection, stain resistance, and abrasion resistance. This can be done in an environmentally way. Always make sure to choose the correct adhesive to ensure the best air quality for the room.

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Cork Flooring

I would use cork flooring in my project to replace the hardwoods. The cork flooring is very eco friendly and cork is a renewable resource. I also like the way the flooring looks.
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Linoleum Flooring

Although linoleum flooring is environmentally friendly, I do not think I would use the flooring in my project. I would not use the flooring just for the fact that indentations are easily created leaving damage to the floor.
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Recycled Metal Tiles

I would definitely use recycled metal tiles in my project. I would use the tiles in the bathrooms. I like the modern look they give, and also they are using aluminum which is very renewable.