You have a wonderful mezzanine floor in your building and it forms the social hub of your office. But due to so many people tramping in an out, the flooring seems to have deteriorated. You are now planning to refloor the area and you are looking for eco-friendly mezzanine floor solutions that are beautiful but still affordable.
Well, that is a wonderful decision. There was a time when eco-friendly meant expensive and blah flooring that was available only in a bland beige. But times have changed. More and more designers are now opting for eco-friendly mezzanine floor solutions that are lightweight but still trendy and affordable. Some of the most popular options available at present include the following:
Cork: We started with cork as it is hardy and is commonly used as a soundproofing agent. However, it is relatively new as a flooring agent. It is a renewable resource as tree bark without cutting the tree is used to make the flooring material. The material itself is antimicrobial, reduces allergens in the home, is resistant to fire and is naturally a pest repellent. The material is lightweight, can be stained and cut into different designs and patterns and is wonderfully adaptable on to any surface.
Bamboo: What’s not to like about bamboo? Its readily available and easy to maintain. The wood itself maintains a wonderful shine that resembles hardwood floors. And of course, its affordable.
Linoleum: Vinyl and linoleum are interchangeable in most people’s minds, but these are dramatically different materials. Vinyl is a synthetic material, but linoleum is created from cork dust, wood flour, pigments, linseed oil and tree pigments. It is fire retardant, easy to use and install, and water resistant. Multiple designs and colors and available and the flooring actually lasts for a very long time.
Glass tiling: Recycled bottles and jars are converted into beautiful glass tiles that should be your second choice for flooring. Glass itself is non-porous; it is also easy to maintain and clean and it lasts for a long time provided it is cleaned with the right cleaners. Glass tiles also tend to reflect light creating a warmer appearance in the room.
PET carpet: Remember those PET plastic bottles you so consciously recycle? These are converted into tinted carpets that are surprisingly beautiful. The material is hardy, washable, stain resistant, and is available in a range of colors and patterns. Overall it is an economical material but can be a little rough to walk on with bare feet.
As you can see, the choices are numerous. As a smart consumer, make sure you choose the right option for your flooring requirements after doing the required research.