Eco-friendly flooring is not just a buzz phrase to impress business clients or dinner party guests. It is a commitment to healthier living and lower environmental impact. Something which is of the utmost importance now with COVID-19 affecting people across the globe. The challenge is to decide, which one is more sustainable.
In this guide we look at three popular floor surfaces – carpet, vinyl and laminate.
Factors to consider include:
Eco-friendly flooring has a low environmental impact. This impact also relates to one’s carbon footprint, but it is more than that. You cannot just choose a floor solution based on how “green” the manufacturing process is without considering how using it in your business or home affects the hygiene and health conditions of the indoor environment.
Let’s get to it and discover which one stacks up the best in terms of sustainability.
Many carpets installed in modern-day homes include some type of recycled material. Manufacturers often use recycled plastics including bottles in the manufacturing processes. The recycled materials add to the cost-effectiveness of the manufacturing process.
The stone and wood lookalike vinyl and laminate flooring solutions are fast taking up a large part of the flooring market, but carpet remains the most popular floor choice. Carpets are great for bedrooms and living rooms where warm underfoot and comfort are essential. These floor coverings are also popular for office environments.
Then there is the matter of hygiene. One of the top reasons to invest in carpets is that it not only traps dirt, soil and impurities, but has a filter-like factor where it traps and holds particles that would otherwise become airborne. And, considering the fact that COVID-19 is an airborne virus, you definitely want to make sure that the carpet holds onto matter entering your house every time someone comes walking in, instead of it re-circulating in the air.
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Wood-look luxury vinyl flooring is a plastic composite, made mainly from materials derived from a non-renewable resource. Vinyl is perfect for high moisture areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
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Wood laminate flooring is a cost-effective alternative to hardwood floors. It resembles a hardwood floor’s texture and appearance. With wood particles, instead of large sections of natural wood used, you get the beauty of hardwood floors and do your part in reducing deforestation. Wood laminate flooring has a strong top layer that protects the underlying print and core. This makes it suitable for high traffic areas including offices and living rooms.
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If you are focussed on using “green” products made from natural resources, then wood laminates beat luxury vinyl tiles. For sound insulation, fall-protection and temperature control, carpet is the winner. Luxury vinyl and laminate products are low-maintenance and require the minimum use of chemicals to keep the floor clean.
Vinyl and laminate have protective layers, making them hard-wearing. Vinyl is the best on the waterproof front. Laminates can be recycled, and many manufacturers make their laminate floors from recycled materials. The floating system of click and lock for installation helps to reduce the need for potentially harmful chemical adhesives.
All three floor products qualify in various degrees as sustainable and eco-friendly flooring solutions.