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Green Flooring Options - Cork, Bamboo And Linoleum Flooring Facts


In this age of finding renewable alternatives, cork, bamboo and linoleum feature prominently when it comes to green flooring options.

Here are some quick - and often surprising - facts about these versatile eco friendly flooring options. (Also read this article about the pros and cons of cork flooring as well as this one about bamboo floors pros and cons)

Cork Flooring

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  • Cork trees are harvested evey 9 years
  • Harvesting cork doesn't kill the tree
  • Cork has a cellular structure of millions of air bubbles (about 40 million per cm2) which makes it soft underfoot, as well as a great insulator against temperature changes and noise
  • Cork has natural properties that are anti-allergenic, and the waxy substance called suberin found in cork makes it resistant to insects
  • Cork has a "shape memory" which enables it to regain its shape in many instances after indentation
  • Cork flooring is extremely durable. It has been used in a variety of public buildings - such as churches and libraries - for more than 100 years

Bamboo Flooring

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  • Bamboo isn't a wood but a grass, but offers a great alternative to hardwood
  • Bamboo flooring hardness: bamboo, especially strand woven bamboo, can be harder than some real hardwoods
  • Eco friendly bamboo flooring: It takes just a few years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity
  • Strand woven bamboo is formed by coating strips of bamboo in resin to form timbers. This form of bamboo flooring can be twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring
  • In many instances bamboo is less expensive than traditional hardwoods

Linoleum Flooring

  • The cheapest 'green flooring', made of pine resins, sawdust, cork dust, limestone and a jute backing
  • Linoleum flooring patterns: this type of flooring is available in just about any design, pattern or color
  • It can generally withstand more traffic abuse than cork, and can be wet mopped
  • Linoleum gets harder and stronger with age
  • Natural linoleum flooring has non-allergenic qualities


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