Our eco-friendly products
There's a lot of talk these days about eco-friendly products, "green" materials and manufacturing techniques. Sustainable flooring is a material that will not deplete natural resources when harvested.
Mal Elfman's is committed to offering beautiful eco-friendly options for your home. Both Cork Floors and Bamboo floors are excellent hard surface options as both products will renew naturally.
Wool Carpets have added beauty and warmth to homes before being recognized as an eco-friendly choice.
Linoleum is also a floor making a dramatic comeback. Made from linseed oil, cork resin and wood pulp as well as recycled man-made products, Linoleum is a great choice for superior durability, resistance to moisture, and high fashion with a multitude of designer colors.
Cork is an environmentally sound choice for flooring.
The cork oak tree is not destroyed and then replanted but rather the bark is trimmed from the tree every 9 years, leaving the tree and the forest undamaged. It is not unusual to have a 200 year old tree still producing cork bark. Cork flooring is actually made from the waste of the cork wine stopper manufacturing process so cork flooring is a recycled product.
Cork Flooring offers simple, fast glueless installation and easy maintenance. Quality features make this flooring perfect for residential and light commercial applications. The 100% cork surface layer is UV acrylic finished and provides significant acoustic insulation. Cork Flooring can be installed over most other flooring materials. Cork is not recommended for brightly sunlit areas.
Why Choose Bamboo?
- Environmentally friendly - Bamboo is a grass, not wood. Bamboo produces new shoots each year and is individually harvested from controlled forests within 4 to 5 years, or it will fall over and be unable to grow.
- Elegant, Natural Beauty - The distinct grains provide the elegant pattern which is not only unique, but can compliment any decor.
- Durability and Sturdiness - Bamboo flooring is extremely durable. It is as hard as maple and 50% more stable than red oak.
- Ease of Installation and Maintenance - Tongue and groove bamboo flooring can be installed in the same way as regular wood flooring, either floated or nailed.
- Affordability - Bamboo flooring is more affordable than you would expect for such a high quality product.
How does it compare to wood flooring?
Bamboo is an average of 13% harder than maple. Compared to northern red oak it is 27% harder, and expands and contracts 50% less.