Remodeling projects can be a source of a lot of waste as old materials are tossed out and new materials brought in. As flooring contractors and a flooring supplier, we understand the importance of responsible management of projects. We offer a variety of eco-friendlier flooring options in our showroom and aim to educate our clients on the most environmentally-friendly flooring choices.
Choose carpet carefully
Carpet is one of the trickier choices if you want to be eco-conscious. If you want a “green” carpet, choose one made from natural fibers with little or no chemical treatment. Carpets made from woven wool and natural sisals, jutes, seagrass, or recycled synthetic fibers are all options. Opt for carpets with a lightweight backing that needs minimal padding or use padding made from recycled materials. Also, choose water-based, low-VOC glues to install your carpets.
Better choices: hardwood, cork, and tile
If you opt for hardwood floors, check for an FSC-certification. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification means that your lumber comes from sustainably managed forests.
You may not think of cork as flooring, but it is actually an ideal flooring material. Cork has a natural elasticity that makes them comfortable to stand and walk on. Cork is also an excellent thermal and acoustic insulator, making noisy rooms quieter. Cork is hypo-allergenic, durable, and fire-resistant. Finally, because cork flooring is made from the bark of cork trees which grows back every three years, cork is one of the most sustainable flooring choices you can find.
Another contender for most environmentally-friendly flooring choice is bamboo. Bamboo is harder than most other hardwood flooring materials so it lasts longer and can withstand more use. Bamboo is also naturally resistant to water and mildew. Bamboo grows easily and abundantly, making bamboo forests easy and resource-light to manage. For all of these reasons, bamboo is a great sustainable flooring choice.
If tile is a more appropriate choice for your project, consider recycled glass tiles or natural linoleum floors. Both options are hypo-allergenic and biodegradable.