Having green flooring gets easier and less expensive all the time!
Although the idea of green flooring or sustainable flooring has been trendy for years, government regulations that require commercial buildings to comply with LEED standards have really helped to lower prices for green residential flooring. Many manufacturers are jumping on the green bandwagon, adding lines that boast high percentages of recycled content and raw materials obtained from sustainable sources.
What are we doing at Classique Floors + Tile to encourage green flooring?
We want to do our part to better the environment and offer our customers the best in cleaner, greener, healthier, sustainable flooring products on the market. It’s something we take very seriously.
Here is what you can count on finding when you visit Classique in search of green products for your home.
Green Select Labeled Flooring Products
One key example is our Green Select Label. To earn a Green Select label, the product must currently be recyclable, contain a minimum of recycled material and/or be made from a natural, sustainable, quickly renewable resource.
Ask one of our associates about Green Select products next time you’re in the store. Virtually every type of product we sell is available in a sustainable option. We’ve listed several product categories worth considering below.
Cork Flooring: Inherently Sustainable
Unlike other wood flooring, the trees used to create cork flooring are not killed during harvest. Talk about inherently sustainable! Plus, the natural properties of cork combined with the coatings used to seal cork flooring make it healthy and safe for adults, pets and babies.
In addition to the health benefits, cork offers noise-reduction and shock-absorbing comfort in a variety of beautiful styles and colors, making it good for both the environment and the beauty of your home.
Laminate Floors with FloorScore Certification
Our line of Floorcraft laminate floors from Mannington provide beauty, performance, and environmental advantages that you won’t find in most hard surface products.
Made with over 74% recycled content, and installed without any glues or adhesives, Mannington laminate is the only laminate floor to hold FloorScore certification – the highest air quality standard in the world. Certified products are recognized as contributing to good indoor air quality in order to ensure human health.
Innovative, Stain-resistant, Sustainable Carpet
Several carpet makers today are making inroads into the green market by producing carpeting that features fibers made with corn sugar instead of nylon.
One carpet line in particular, Floorcraft Smartstrand Innovia, leads the innovation in stain-resistant, sustainable flooring. This carpet exclusively offers fiber made with Bio-PDO, which is produced from corn sugar. By utilizing this new ingredient, 37 percent of the carpet is being made from renewable resources, marking the first time that a luxurious carpet offers durability, stain protection, and little environmental impact.
Due to their durability and organic origins, hardwood floors are the most natural choice among flooring options. Those looking for a more sustainable hardwood floor can purchase reclaimed hardwood pieces that have been discarded or pulled from lakes and rivers or hardwood flooring recycled from old schools and hospitals.
Hardwood floors are also allergen free and, with proper maintenance, will last a lifetime.
Rapidly Renewable Bamboo Flooring
Bamboo is an extremely versatile, environmentally-friendly flooring product that’s increasing in popularity.
Amazingly durable and long-lasting, bamboo is a form of grass that’s actually harder than hardwood. Its long list of eco-friendly attributes includes:
- Rapid renewability
- Reduction of global warming (bamboo’s leafy canopy releases 35 percent more oxygen than a grove of hardwood trees)
Tile, in general, is a sustainable option for flooring as well as walls.
>> For more information about the sustainability of tile, be sure to read the Tile Council of North America’s free bulletin titled “Tile: the Natural Choice.”
Recycled-content tile can be used for floors, countertops, and walls, and may be made from either recycled glass or wastes from mines or factories.
Ceramic and porcelain tiles may be made from factory waste (known as post-industrial waste) generated by the production of conventional tiles. Some manufacturers, such as Crossville Tile, produce tiles that contain 50 percent to 100 percent in-house manufacturing waste — waste that would otherwise have ended up in landfills.
Linoleum: Made from 100% Natural Materials
Although Marmoleum, a form of linoleum, gets more credit for being sustainable, linoleum in all of its forms is made from 100% natural materials, including linseed oil, recycled wood flour, cork dust and limestone.
Quartz and other stone countertops are made from natural products and incredibly durable, but recycled countertop options get more stunningly beautiful all the time.
Want more information about green flooring options?
We’re here to help you get started with sustainable flooring options and invite you to visit our Portland, Oregon showroom. Your Classique Floors project consultant will guide you through everything from initial estimate to product selection to final installation. You’ll be delighted, we promise!
Thanks for reading,
Note: This article was originally published on 8/2/2013 and has been updated.