Can I find flooring that's green, durable, and relatively inexpensive?
April 12, 2011 3:03 PM Subscribe
We're about to tear up old, nasty carpet and install some new non-carpet flooring. But after way too much time spent researching, I'm still completely confused about the best option that combines sustainability, durability, and appearance without breaking the bank.
posted by laze to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Here are my requirements:
* No carpet. We're done with carpet.
* We want to focus on sustainability and overall eco-niceness.
* Appearance-wise, something that looks like nice hardwood is preferable (cork flooring seems like a good option, but I haven't liked the styles I've seen thusfar).
* It should be pretty durable. We've got a dog and a kid.
* We're going to have someone install it for us, so taking that into account, it should be relatively affordable. I realize we're not going to get "cheap," but I'd like to try and avoid breaking the bank.
We'll be redoing approximately 450 square feet downstairs. The laminate flooring in the hallway and kitchen will stay.
I'm looking for suggestions on type of flooring (and things I should be aware of, like what types of bamboo flooring really aren't eco-friendly... stuff like that) as well as what I can expect to pay for it, roughly.