You try to do everything you can to help the environment. You recycle, you never litter, you conserve water and you even bought a hybrid car. But did you know that the flooring you use in your home could have a negative effect on the world around you? Well, the two most popular flooring options – carpet and vinyl – can harm the health of the environment and your home.
This article from HowStuffWorks.com explains everything you need to know about green flooring options.
About 70% of all flooring in the United States is carpet, which is primarily made from nylon (though some carpet is actually environmentally friendly). Nylon is petroleum-based, which is a non-renewable resource. Vinyl, which is also a petroleum-based product, produces dioxin, a dangerous carcinogen that can create health problems, when manufactured.
To make things even worse, neither vinyl nor carpet is biodegradable.
There are, however, several green flooring options that are both renewable and contain minimal industrial processing, which will minimize your environmental footprint as well as reduce the levels of toxins in your home. These green options include carpet made from plant fiber, linoleum, cork and sustainable wood.
When purchasing your new environmentally friendly flooring, keep these things in mind:
- Aesthetics: How will the flooring look in the home?
- Budget: How much will materials and installation set you back? A self-install can offset the higher cost of a flooring material.
- Maintenance: Is it easy to clean? Will it require additional work over its life span?
- Performance: How much wear and tear will this floor see? Do you have children, pets, a rock ‘n’ roll band or lots of spiky shoes? Some floors will withstand increased traffic and loads better than others. Performance also is tied to the function of the room. For example, carpet might not be a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms or basements, which face more moisture than other rooms, but it could be a good option for your living room if you want an extremely comfortable floor for your family gatherings.
If you have any questions, contact Jim Boyd’s Flooring America by calling 410-667-0620 or click here today!
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