‘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.