Category Archives: Eco-Friendly Flooring
‘Going green’ is not always popular or easy to do in certain industries because sometimes, products tend to cost more due to recycled content. However, there are many good reasons why we should ‘go green’. Most people nowadays are driven to go green due to concerns about the impact we have on Earth and our future generations. Thankfully, the flooring industry is one of the leaders in providing high-quality products that are better for the environment.
There is a wide array of environmental flooring options that are now available in different styles and makes. Homeowners and business owners alike now have the option to add a green touch when improving their homes. Generally, there are three factors that influence how green a type of flooring is:
The question now is this, how do the several types of eco-friendly tiles differ?
Glass is an interesting type of tile as it does not retain mildew, allergens, or water. It is also simple to maintain, aesthetically pleasing, and it comes in unique styles that can reflect light if you want to brighten a room. This can also last a lifetime!
Rubber is made from chemicals and petroleum, so the idea of having an “eco-friendly” rubber tile might raise a few eyebrows. However, it is all about material sourcing. Recycled tires, for instance, are saved from landfills by being turned into tiles that come in different colour, as well as patterning options. The average rubber tile has a lifespan of about 20 years.
Vinyl and linoleum are known to share many of the same properties. However, vinyl is more heavily processed. A “green flooring” option in vinyl means that the tile was made without PVC, plasticizers, phthalates, halogens, or chlorine. These tiles help promote indoor air quality since they are treated to prevent volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.
A stone tile is more of a mixed bag in comparison to other recycled options. Stone needs to be quarried and transported – that on its own has environmental footprints to consider. However, stone tiles, if properly maintained, can last a lifetime.
There are many lines of porcelain tile that are composed of recycled material. Recent developments in manufacturing processes have, in fact, enabled the production of porcelain tile as thin as three millimetres! This reduced thickness means it is more sustainable and environment-friendly. Its production requires less energy for production and raw materials, thus, resulting in an extremely environmentally friendly porcelain tile, but with the same mechanical properties as that of the traditional tile.
If you have more questions about green flooring for your commercial space, feel free to call us today! We hope to hear from you soon.
Making eco-friendly tweaks to your home is the best way you can reduce your carbon footprint without going out on a limb. Most homeowners think going green costs a whole lot – this couldn’t be anymore false. Because we are living in such an innovative age, manufacturers are creating eco-friendly products that don’t break the bank.
Are you looking into making an eco-friendly change in your home? Why not start with your flooring! There are endless varieties of green flooring options for homeowners with different needs. If you want to know more about eco-friendly flooring, read the blog below – who knows? You might just find what you need.
Cork is slowly gaining popularity in the flooring world. This highly sustainable material is made without harming its main source – making it very easy to manufacture.
Nowadays, cork comes in a variety of finishes and styles that will surely fit any home. It also does a wonderful job in soundproofing any space – making them a popular choice for rooms that are susceptible to noise.
- Wool Carpet
Wool is made from sheepskin that is spun into very thin threads, which are then turned into carpets. This maybe one of the most expensive type of eco-friendly flooring on our list- but they do last a very long time. Because they are very durable, some wool carpets are passed down from generation to generation as a form of family heirloom.
- Reclaimed Hardwood
While most do not consider hardwood floors are eco-friendly flooring options, there is an exception. Reclaimed hardwood floors are made from salvaged wood, which makes them pretty eco-friendly on our book.
Marmoleum is made from organic materials that are pressed together to create sheets and planks that are then installed as flooring. Because they are very versatile, marmoleum is fast becoming a popular flooring option for many homeowners and designers.
These are only a few eco-friendly flooring options you can pick out for your home. Remember, you can never go wrong with going green! Of course, you have to put your needs first when choosing something for your home. Make sure to get in touch with us so we can help you find what you are looking for.
Tony’s Flooring Centre strives to provide you with excellent service the moment you walk in. Find out how we can help you pick out the right flooring for your needs by calling us at 416.255.9631 today!