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Today’s market offers a welcome and growing range of green products. Many owners are on the search for non-toxic flooring choices, abandoning the formaldehyde drenched fibers of days past.
Where does one begin on the search for new, green flooring? First, decide what type of flooring works best for your space and make the commitment to go green.
Natural hardwoods work well for bedrooms and living rooms, but don’t stand up as well to the moisture found in bathrooms. Tile is great for all rooms, but is more time-consuming to install and can represent a slipping hazard. Finally, carpet is a warm and traditional touch popular for decades, but finding natural non-toxic versions can be difficult.
Next, you need to decide upon a budget. There are options for all price ranges.
Let’s look at carpet. Going green doesn’t mean giving up the warmth and comfort of carpet. While traditional carpet can be inexpensive, it and its padding and glues can be steeped in formaldehyde and other chemicals.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “ Airborne formaldehyde acts as an irritant to the conjunctiva and upper and lower respiratory tract. Symptoms are temporary and, depends upon the level and length of exposure, may range from burning or tingling sensations in eyes, nose, and throat to chest tightness and wheezing. Acute, severe reactions to formaldehyde vapor — which has a distinctive, pungent odor — may be associated with hypersensitivity. It is estimated that 10 to 20 percent of the U.S. population, including asthmatics, may have hyper reactive airways which may make them more susceptible to formaldehyde's effects.” Who wants to mess with that?
Beautiful wool carpets can be pricey, but they’ll save your big when it comes to their durability, feel, and of course green status. You can find many companies online and in your community that offer this option. Cork (renewable and recyclable), sisal, and recycled carpets are also worth consideration.
When it comes to woods, bamboo is a truly renewable source. Bamboo grows fast, very fast. It’s not a hardwood, but it looks like one. It can one of the less expensive green flooring options.
Natural Stained Hardwoods can be another great choice. The key is natural stains (and glues if applicable). Stains can leach fumes into your living space for years the same way traditional paints do. Opt for natural stains options. The ultimate plus for hardwoods is they look wonderful for generations and only need a moderate level of care.
Finally, consider the benefits of tile. Stone tiles are a natural rock. They are quarried right out of the earth and require no chemical concoction to create. It is incredibly user-friendly in maintaining and of course requires no VOC finishes!
Green flooring options are out there and within any budget! Be sure to go green when you replace your next floor.
Published: February 24, 2012
Source: Realty Times
This entry was posted on May 21, 2016 by Jim and Iris
“Thank you for the memorable sales and closing experience of finding the cottage of our dreams. A perfect fit for our needs.”I & E – Lake Muskoka cottage buyers
“Jim and Iris Gardiner were both amazing to deal with. A truly professional team. They shared a great deal of knowledge with us and really shed important light regarding potential Island Cottage ownership – all the pros and cons. Not only did they sell our existing cottage in 24 hours for much higher than our asking price they helped us find our new slice of paradise on Lake Muskoka in a very tight market. We are thrilled with our new cottage and love being on Eilean Gowan Island! We would highly recommend either Jim or Iris for any of your Real Estate needs!”J & D – Sold on Echo Lake and bought on Lake Muskoka
Jim did me a favor 20 years ago and I wanted to return the favor – I approached him and Iris at the cottage show and, even though I already had a real estate agent, he recommended a cottage property that I purchased and enjoyed for those 20 years. I therefore, tracked him down and had him be our agent in selling that property. Our priority was to find new owners that would be friendly and fit in well with the neighbors and Jim and Iris found the perfect couple Jim and Iris made the entire sale most enjoyable. The experience was so smooth and enjoyable that the sellers, the buyers and the real estate agents all got together for supper the following summer at our old cottage!K & L – Lake Muskoka
It is with great pleasure and appreciation for me to recommend the services of Jim Gardiner and the entire Gardiner Team. Jim’s awareness of community by-laws and market related activities extracted incremental value for us when we were finalizing the purchasing agreement.JB – Mirror Lake
Just want to tell you that you did a fine job for me on the cottage sale on Lake Muskoka. The sale has removed a huge load from my shoulders. Iris, just a note to thank you again. Money is in the bank!!!!!!BJ – Lake Muskoka