Interiors

4 Alternative Flooring Options for Your Home

the hall in a house looking into the living room
the hall in a house looking into the living room

The floors in our home are as important as any other aspect. Are you looking for alternative flooring options to make your home as unique as you? Read on for 4 brilliant alternative flooring options.

If you’re a regular reader of My Dreamality you’ll know that there are a few dedicated posts on flooring on the blog. Like, The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Flooring, for example. And The Best Types of Flooring for Each Style of Decor. One thing we haven’t talked about though, is alternative flooring options for your home. Sure, we all love the traditional look of carpet or of wood but what about more modern options, like polished concrete flooring? If your style is more modern than traditional, let’s get to exploring the alternative flooring options for your home.

Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished concrete is mainly used in warehouses and other similar types of commercial settings. But if you want to bring in the industrial chic feel to your home then why not opt for a polished concrete floor?

Some concrete floor alternatives like corestone flooring are perfect for residential locations. With an installation thickness of 3mm instead of the usual 75mm it’s ideal due to it’s lightness.

Another perk is the durability as it is scratch and impact resistant. You can also choose from a selection of colours and your ideal finish – from matt to satin finish.

Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is also sustainable, just like bamboo. It is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, which can be harvested without harming the tree. The cork regenerates every few years and is also biodegradable; making it a good option if you’re looking for eco-friendly materials in your home.

Another great perk is that cork is a natural hypoallergenic material. It naturally repels dust making it a great option for those of us with allergies. Speaking of repelling, it also repels insects due to the waxy substance suberin, which is naturally occurring in the cork!

As heavy furniture and appliances can cause permanent indentations in the cork it is recommended to use a wood plank or furniture coasters for protection.

bamboo trees

Bamboo Flooring

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, then bamboo flooring is perfect for you! Did you know that bamboo is actually a type of grass? Bamboo renews itself quite quickly, with it reaching maturity in 3-5 years. Which is astonishing if you consider that trees take upwards of 20 years to reach maturity.

There are a few drawbacks to bamboo flooring. For example, it’s not recommended to install it in a very damp room. And it tends to scratch easily. It is, however, much more moisture resistant than wood.

If you’re looking for a sustainable option may just be what you’re looking for. Just remember, not all floors are created equally. Bamboo flooring is created by ripping strips of the bamboo apart then adhering them back together. The adhesive can expel odors in some cases. Which may be more bothersome than it’s worth. This does depend on your sensitivity though.

Rubber Flooring

This one may not sound as appealing at first sound. You may be imagining those rubber floors with the circular patterns that you may see in any gym for example. I know they don’t sound like much but they are a great alternative flooring option.

This type of flooring is so easy on the legs as it offers support when you are on your feet. You can install it in kitchen or even in a family room. Imagine your children being able to lay on the floor and play on a durable yet comfortable floor?

Rubber flooring can also be bought in sheets that are flat so you won’t be able to tell that it’s not tile at first glance.

As you can see there are some great alternative flooring options on the market. You can choose from these 4 or the many others to make your house reflect your style and personality!