Flooring accounts for a large part of the design and renovation of a property. Unless one opts for cement screed for that industrial look, chances are that one will need to spend a substantial of the renovation budget on flooring. Although buyers are spoilt for choice today when it comes to flooring options, it might be worth considering using eco flooring material.
When considering the environmental impact of flooring, it is more than just choosing material that comes from natural and safe sources. One also has to take into account the way the material is harvested and processed, as well as how the separate pieces are put together to form a complete whole. What happens after the flooring comes to the end of its useful life is worth considering, too.
Let us have a look at the various green flooring options available in the market.
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Vinyl flooring has grown in popularity in recent years. Buyers are attracted to the product’s durability, safety, wide array of designs and colours. However, what is not commonly known is that many vinyl flooring products contain a class of chemicals called phthalates. Phthalates are hazardous to children and can cause serious damage to their livers, kidneys, lungs and reproductive systems.
If one does opt to use vinyl flooring, choose vinyl tiles and planks from manufacturers that commit to phthalate-free and sustainable processes. Where possible, also choose vinyl products that contain low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). High exposure to VOCs can cause adverse effects, like respiratory track irritation, dizziness and nausea.
The Floor Gallery’s non-toxic and low VOC flooring range – EcoTech Extreme Core (ETEC) – offers protection from such harmful chemicals.
Wood has been used for centuries and is a common choice for people who want a timeless, classic look in their premises. While wood is certainly a green flooring option and does not emit much VOCs during its processing, bear in mind that forests are depleting in many parts of the world. Choose hardwood that comes from sustainable and responsibility managed sources At the end of their useful lives, wood can be burnt to generate energy, rather than being dumped in landfills.
One important thing to note: When installing solid timber flooring, get the vendor to use adhesives that emit little or no VOCs. Get acquainted with The Floor Gallery’s all natural and environmentally friendly range of Solid Wood Flooring.
Stone is another common material used in flooring. Common choices are marble, granite and slate. Its extreme durability makes it an environmentally friendly flooring choice. One advantage of using stone: When it has outlived its usefulness, it does not go to waste. Stone tiles can be crushed and repurposed into aggregate material for use in stone tiles or as the foundation of roads.
The Eco Flooring Choice is Yours!
As you can see, whether it is for decorating home or furnishing corporate offices, buyers today are spoilt for sustainable flooring choices when planning for their renovation. Vinyl offers a contemporary and refreshing look, while wood exudes that timeless, classic feel.
At The Floor Gallery, we offer one of Singapore’s widest range of products for your flooring needs. Not only do we care about the aesthetics of your home or office, we are also fully committed to your health and environmental sustainability.
To find a flooring option that fits your budget and lifestyle options, do not hesitate to contact our friendly consultants for flooring advice HERE!