Of all the finishes inside our homes, flooring has the greatest long term impact on indoor air quality, and perhaps on the environment as a whole. Flooring finishes often contain harmful chemicals—whether in the flooring itself or in the products usedto install it. It harbors the majority of the dirt, moisture, and other contaminants that are commonly found in the home. There are many options and, just as with all green products, there is no “one size fits all” for flooring choices. Here are some basic considerations that can help to get you started in evaluating flooring for your home.
The first step is to choose a flooring material that matches the durability required for the space. For instance, bathrooms and kitchens have a very different set of performance criteria than that of corridorsand bedrooms.
There is a great variety of “green” flooring materials to choose from. It’s important to consider all the factors that have an environmental impact.
Some key environmental factors include:
• Recycled content