Natural Flooring Choices

Many people today are opting for natural flooring materials for a variety of reasons. Some wish to promote the idea of sustainable resources while others may actually be allergic to some or all of the chemicals often found in manmade flooring. Below is a list of a few natural flooring choices available to people interested in such products today.

Wool Carpet

One-hundred-percent untreated wool comes in a large assortment of weights and grades with backing available in jute, wool, latex, and other equally natural materials. Instead of being woven into a base of synthetic materials, natural wool carpets are woven into bases of cotton or linen or a mix of these two.

Naturally anti-static, this type of carpet absorbs up to a third of its weight in moisture. The naturally occurring lanolin from the wool acts serves to inhibit staining. The amount of wool per square foot determines the durability (and the price!) of the particular carpet, as do the amount of (natural, not synthetic) dye and the intricacy of the design.

Sisal & Coir

Appealing colors and textured weaves mark the success of flooring made from sisal and coconut coir. Normally dyed and woven in its country of origin, usually Latin America or Africa, sisal and coir flooring comes available in various qualities, with the difference found mostly in the backings. Look for one-hundred-percent natural latex backing with a thickness of at least five millimeters when you shop for sisal and coir flooring.

Wood Flooring

Wood floors make a highly attractive addition to any home, but all wood is not the same. Much of it is treated with harsh chemicals that do damage not only to the environment, but can make those with certain chemical sensitivities quite ill without knowing from where the toxin is coming.

If you are looking for truly natural, environmentally friendly wood flooring, make sure you are purchasing from sustainably managed forests run by companies that do not add chemical preservatives to the timber after cutting it. Reclaimed wood flooring is an attractive alternative.

After your natural wood flooring is installed you can preserve its life yourself with wax finishes and natural oils. This type of treatment allows the pores of the wood to breathe and helps make the relative humidity of your home stable. Natural wood flooring can be found in such widely diverse species as oak, beech, Douglas fir, maple, chestnut, alder, pine, ash, and others.

Bamboo

Recyclable and renewable, bamboo is a natural flooring material that comes from grass, not trees, though varieties of bamboo used for flooring can grow as tall as some trees. With a hardness similar to oak or maple, the strength and dimensional stability of bamboo make it an excellent choice for natural flooring.

These are just several of the options todays homeowners can select from when choosing natural flooring. Just make sure that you choose a reputable seller to purchase your materials from that maintains the rigid standards necessary to qualify it as truly natural flooring.