Many love hardwood floors for their look and feel, but hate the damage done to the environment when they're harvested. Stone is very nice and elegant but not very budget friendly. And there are other options to consider, both for environmental reasons and for your budget. But many of these options will require the services of a professional in order to be installed properly.
And of course it's not just the materials alone that render something environmentally friendly. The other materials used for installation and the techniques used also need to be considered.
To find a professional for a simulated wood or stone floor, consider the following:
And when you find a professional, be sure to ask him or her:
And to be sure your contractor is really eco-friendly:
Your choice of flooring and how you care for it once it's installed is very important. Simulated materials especially look real but need different care than the real thing. Usually their care is easier and they are more durable but there are some cons to working with these items. Your contractor should help you to understand how to best care for these floors as well.
And when your floor has been installed, be sure to: