Choosing flooring for your home may seem like a daunting process as it requires you to strike a delicate balance between practicality， style and personal preference. There is a huge variety of products and materials available on the market， each with its own pros and cons. Our in-depth flooring guide examines sustainable flooring options to help steer you in the right direction
Rubber flooring is known for its durability， providing a non-slip surface， sound absorption， value and visual appeal.valentines day gifts for him
Rubber has a naturally cushioning feel.
Excellent durability. Water- and slip-resistant. Staining-christmas gifts for dad， mildew- and mould-resistant.
Year-round， warm， cushioning feel underfoot.
$120-$190 per sqm including installation.
Kitchens， corridors and high-traffic zones.
The honeycomb-like cellular structure of cork gives flooring a cushiony feel underfoot. This feature also means cork absorbs vibrations and sound， and bounces back if dented.
Cork is amazingly quiet and comfortable.
Highly durable. Resistant to mould &； mildew.
The natural insulating and thermal properties of cork ensure an optimal floor temperature all year round.
Ranges from $69.95 per tile for standard tiles to $130 per tile for customised finishes such as herringbone. Colour can also be customised for added cost.
Bathrooms and living areas and for anyone suffering from arthritis or joint pain. Also great for commercial spaces， lobbies， foyers， restaurants and classrooms.
Tatami is a traditional Japanese flooring created by master craftsmen using techniques developed over 1400 years.
The fragrance of the natural rush grass has a proven therapeutic effect.
All tatami is handmade from natural rush grasses with edging made from polypropylene finished with either a foam backing or a non-slip waterproof fabric， making it extremely durable.
Tatami has a naturally insulating inner core， making it warm in winter yet cool in summer.
Small tatami (450 x 450mm) are around $290； large ones (900 x 2000mm) around $950.
Flooring in all areas of the home， plus as seating， decorative rugs or wall coverings.
This fast-growing， regenerating plant has the tensile strength of steel， which makes for a highly durable floor that resists swelling and contraction with changes in humidity. Bamboo flooring is pre-finished and engineered with tongue-and-groove joints， just like standard solid-wood flooring.
Firm underfoot with no natural give like timber.
According to the Janka Hardness Test， which measures the resistance of wood to dents and wear， strand-woven bamboo flooring is the most durable product on the market.
If you find hardwood floors cool underfoot then you will feel the same way about bamboo.
Around $110 per sqm.
High-traffic areas， kitchens and bathrooms.
Words by： Annick Larkin.
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