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Which flooring to choose?

I am installing new floors in my home, and I am considering bamboo, cork, linoleum (Marmoleum), and vinyl. I am aware of the environmental advantages of buying bamboo and cork, particularly if bought from an environmentally reputable company. As I understand it, linoleum is made of natural materials and is 100% biodegradable, correct? Vinyl seems to have come a long way. There is a company that states that it's vinyl flooring has recycled content, but they may just be referring to the 100% recycled cork backing. If you wanted to do right by the environment, which of these flooring types, would you choose? Other considerations of mine are pet friendly, waterproof, durability, and easy to maintain. I live in a Mediterranean climate. I am also interested in home resalability. Vinyl doesn't sound like a great selling feature, or has vinyl changed? I am hearing that vinyl is coming back in popularity. Is that true? Thank you for any information you can provide!    

Re: Which flooring to choose?

Yes, now-a-days vinyl flooring is more in demand.

Re: Which flooring to choose?

Hi Carmen, not sure if you've made the decision yet, but I will say that everyone who I know that's put down "vinyl planks" has been very pleased with the outcome.

For me personally though, I just can't get past the fact that you're basicaly gluing rubber down to your floor. I grew up in the 1980s (born in the late 1970s) and lenolium was always looked on as such a cheap and garbage material. It's just not for me. I know vinyl planks look good, but there's something to be said for the tactile feel (even through shoes) of quality materials.

Personally, I'd much rather have tile or real wood... or better yet, tile that looks like real wood.


If my vote counted, I'd say go with the bamboo...

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