When people think of sustainability in flooring, many think of the many limitations associated. Whether it be design capabilities, materials used, or the longevity of the flooring, many people opt out of the more sustainable options thinking that this will be most beneficial to their bottom line. Fortunately, recent developments in technology within the industry have shown that these limitations are a thing of the past because of the many new materials and choices of sustainable flooring!
No matter your needs or purposes, there are an abundance of sustainable flooring options—from hardwood to carpet. Check out all of the latest materials that can boost the sustainability factor in your office below:
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT): Recently, there has been a boon in the use of luxury vinyl tile for those that want the look of a hardwood floor, but are also considering an environmental impact. Comprised of multiple layers into one solid piece of vinyl, LVT is durable and has low maintenance, which also attributes to longevity as well. This is a great choice to serve as a wood alternative.
Linoleum: Similar to LVT, linoleum can have a wood look, but comes at a higher maintenance cost than LVT. Made of wood flour, resins, pigments, and linseed oil, linoleum will harden over time and if not maintained properly can cause damage which could result in having to replace the flooring sooner than expected. This flooring is ideal for smaller spaces with low traffic that can be maintained regularly.
Ceramic Tile: Made from mostly eco-friendly materials including clay, stone, and other components, ceramic tile is considered one of the more sustainable materials and can be manufactured in an array of color options. If installed and maintained correctly, ceramic tiles can last for years with typical grout maintenance consisting of cleaning and sealing every 1-2 years—depending on foot traffic.
Recycled-Content Carpet Tiles: Serving as one of the most sustainable flooring options, these carpet tiles are made up of nylon material which contains anywhere from 10-80% of recycled content. With it being made up of recycled materials, this carpet tile can be seen in many shapes and colors and creates less waste than a traditional roll of carpet. Maintenance on this type of flooring is fairly simple and can be fixed quite easy as each tile can be replaced independently.
Though there are many different sustainable flooring options, it is imperative to choose the best that fits your needs when it comes to durability and aesthetic. Our team of expert designers can help tailor your flooring to your needs without sacrificing sustainability or design. Contact us today to see how our experts can assist you with your flooring renovation!
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