Green Flooring Options for Homeowners

Green flooring options are becoming more and more popular as homeowners get eco-conscious and try to make their homes friendlier to the environment. Some homeowners may be planning a full green remodeling project that requires choices for green flooring while other people may be looking for eco-friendly flooring for a new home that is being built. Whatever the reason for looking at green flooring options, homeowners may be surprised that they have several different choices to consider.

Bamboo Flooring

Although bamboo is a grass plant, don’t mistake the material as being not being durable. Surprisingly, bamboo flooring is actually more durable and can withstand more pressure than most hardwood flooring.

To make bamboo flooring, the plants are cut into strips and assembled to make floor planks. The floor does not need to be stained or sealed and most people choose to have all-natural bamboo floors for the beautiful natural color of the material.

Tile Flooring Made from Recycled Materials

Another popular green flooring option is tiles that are made from recycled materials. Most of these tiles are made from recycled glass but may also include other materials like rubber, and leather. Before a homeowner buys these tiles they should always make sure that they are 100% recycled material and don’t contain any additives or chemicals during the making process of the tiles.

Recycled tile flooring is often easy to take care and clean. They are also durable and don’t scratch as easily as some other tiles do. The downside to this green flooring option is that these tiles can often times become slippery and may cause a hazard in high traffic areas.

Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is one of the green flooring options that are actually customizable. Cork flooring can come in either square tiles or long planks like hardwood flooring. The flooring can also come finished or unfinished per the homeowner’s request. If a person chooses finished cork flooring, be sure that the finish is eco-friendly and is a natural finish on the wood.

Cork flooring is highly durable and is a great source of warmth. It makes a great green flooring choice for basements or playrooms as well as dining rooms and kitchens. Most contractors recommend that a cork floor be sealed, which can be done with a green sealant to keep the floors entirely eco-friendly.

All-Natural and Recycled Carpet

Green carpets are definitely better for the environment than regular carpets and area rugs that contain synthetic materials that are not recyclable. Homeowners should either look for carpets that are made from all natural fibers like wool or look for ones that are made with a high percentage of recycled materials.

When it comes to recycled carpet homeowners will often find that carpet tiles and area rugs have much more green choices than the wall to wall carpet. For homeowners who still want to go green in their home but don’t want to give up plush, carpeted floors in such rooms as bedrooms or the family room, recycled carpets make a great green flooring choice. Remember though, that carpets are usually harder to clean and can house dust and mold better than hard flooring like bamboo or cork.

Going green doesn’t have to mean that a homeowner lacks style in their house. These are just a few of the green flooring options that are available and becoming much more popular.

Myths about Major Home Improvements

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Every homeowner desires to enhance their home appearance. However, there are some believes that are not true and you must abandon them. Otherwise, you may find the entire process of enhancing the aesthetic value of your home difficult. Here are the top 5 myths about home improvement you need to know.

You can only get best deals from home improvement retail chains

Most homeowners normally think that they can only get the best deals on home improvement products from huge retails like the Lowe’s and the Home Depot. One thing they tend to forget is that such retailers tend to overcharge their products especially on labor and installation. You may consider an independent interior designers and contractors because most of them offer good discount and charge less.

The bedroom and kitchen remodels are disappearing with the housing organizations

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Surprisingly, this belief is a new one and runs counter to a earlier myth that remodeling essentially paid for itself in regard to added value. The truth is that you will see a temporary in big remodeling projects, especially for individuals who are likely to seek home loans from banks to finance the home improvement projects. Therefore, what you should understand that the kitchen and bathroom remodels can’t be entirely replaced by the housing market.

The geothermal and solar panel heating systems have arrived

Inquire from various HVAC contractors about the geothermal or solar heating systems and they will all give you same answer: the systems aren’t cost effective. Well, I don’t dispute the fact that these heating systems and environmentally friendly and the economic benefits of these systems have enhanced with the favorable tax credits and the cost of oil. However, some HVAC contractors claim that the installation cost of geothermal and solar panel heating systems is high and it will take between 15 and 20 years to get your money back.

Home inspection is necessary only when you will be selling or buying a home

Home inspections are important when it comes to buying or selling a home. However, these are not the only instances when you will need home inspection. A professional home inspector can help in identifying home problems that can be addressed and prevent the chances of the problem spreading further. For example, a professional home inspector can help in identifying the loosening roof fasteners, harmful movement on the foundation, mold that might be growing behind your walls, and more.

 

Rain Gutter Maintenance during Dry Weather

Most homeowners think that they don’t have to do anything regarding gutter cleaning and maintenance during the dry weather. They tend to forget that dry weather offers homeowners a great opportunity to make routine maintenance to the roofing system since during this time it is easier and safer to climb up the roof and make routine maintenance to your roof gutters and the whole roofing system at large. Check for signs of wear and tear along the seams of your current system.

It does not mean that during the dry weather your home is protected from rain water. Prolonged drought will have opposite effect on your home. Gutters and downspouts help to redirect rainwater away from the homes foundation. Dry weather conditions however can leave the soil to erode around the base of your house. When it eventually rains the eroded areas will be more vulnerable to rain water damage. Occasionally water the soil around the base keeping it hydrated to prevent erosion during the dry season.

Take advantage of the dry weather to remove debris as to make them visible if there are any damages. This means that you will have to scoop the debris out using sturdy gloves and a plastic scoop. The gutters should be clear of any remnant of the last fall.

The dry months nesting birds will have moved on to gather food for the cold months. Take this time to check if there are any signs of life and if there is non remove the nest from the gutters. Look for wasp nest also and if inhabited remove them. Soon as you have finished removing the debris from the gutters, you will almost see them clearly. Use a scrub brush and a gentle abrasive or soap to clean out your gutter.

After cleaning the gutter you can now clearly see the damaged areas that will need to be repaired or parched. Use a recommendable material to seal holes and you can even replace fallen shingles.

Perhaps you are busy with the work or busy with kids. Or, you are scared of climbing up the ladder to scoop the dirty, smelly stuff that has made your gutters their home. In such instances, you may need to look for a professional gutter cleaning company to help with the gutter issues. This is important to avoid injuries associated with gutter cleaning activities.