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Sustainable Flooring Trends – Is Resin Flooring the Green Option?

Sustainable flooring is becoming a common trend due to people’s increased awareness in looking after the environment.  But that’s not the only reason; sustainable flooring provides a smart, modern look to any business or commercial space.

We are going to go through some of the best sustainable flooring options we have available, along with a few others so you can see the differences between each option.

Resin Flooring

It’s hard to believe that something synthetic is getting on to this list, however the latest polyurethane resin flooring technology is now one of the most sustainable floor systems you can install.

Our suppliers have worked hard to achieve A+ ratings (the highest available) in BRE’s Green Guide. This helps give designers and specifiers guidance on the best environmental choices when selecting construction materials and components. They have also generated Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for polyurethane resin floor products that have been certified by an independent authority.

BREEAM assessment measures building materials’ environmental impact across their entire life cycle, from cradle to grave. Our polyurethane floor’s Green Guide-rated systems are among the few flooring options available that contribute to credits for BREEAM environmental assessment for buildings.

One other big advantage of our Liquid Vinyl and Smooth PU floors is that they have an extremely high life expectancy bringing down the overall life cost and environmental impact when compared against other alternatives.

With the ability to re-seal these polyurethane comfort floors in situ without any major works to achieve this, the floor system has a life assessment in excess of 40 years ticking the sustainable box as well as value for money.

Polished Concrete Flooring

Concrete is another green flooring option that needs the least maintenance of any solution on this list.  Concrete is composed of pure natural materials. The coatings that are often applied to the concrete can have an adverse effect on the environment. Our concrete polishing process uses as much as 30 times less energy than traditional flooring solutions. The  floor maintenance system used to regularly clean polished concrete is also the only completely eco-friendly cleaning method. It uses nothing but clean, cold water, no chemicals, or waxes.

Polished concrete is an extremely economical option for all types of business activities. Compared with traditional methods for concrete floors or epoxy, for example, grinding and polishing offers unbeatable durability. The installed concrete slab has an unlimited lifespan, i.e. the same as the lifespan of the building (usually defined in specifications as 100 years). The initial investment is the same, or lower, than for traditional flooring solutions, but the low maintenance cost and the longer life make polished concrete the most economic investment option for a floor but also in most other environments. The life cycle cost is about 60% less than for traditional flooring solutions. By using the diamond cleaning method of cleaning,you’ll find your floor is simple, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective to maintain.

And the others ….

Cork Flooring

Cork is produced from shaving off bark from oak trees.  It is a sustainable flooring material because the oak trees themselves are not cut down.  The bark will eventually grow back, meaning it is a renewable source of material.  Trees do not get harmed in the harvesting process, so over its lifetime, a lot of bark can be collected and used.

It is also a very durable material, so it will not need replacing very often.  It also has shock absorbent properties that make it very comfortable to walk over.  Plus, it has a great ability to hold warmth in the room, ideal for the winter.

Cork floors can come in a variety of different textures and colours .  If you ever decide to change up the theme of your room, cork floors can accommodate the change well.  They can be refinished to give it a fresh new look.  Although, we would recommend that you avoid using cork flooring for wet areas.  It doesn’t do too well in wet conditions!

Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring is environmentally-friendly because it is often produced from recycled materials or naturally sourced from trees.  The two types are known as recycled rubber and natural virgin rubber.

The recycled variation clearly has less of an impact on the environment but, provided the rubber is harvested in a sustainable manner, virgin rubber can be just as naturally friendly.

Rubber flooring has many other advantages.  It is both anti-slip and anti-static so is ideal to use both indoors and outdoors.  It is also just as durable as cork flooring.

Plus, rubber is a simple solution to install.  There is no need for any specialist tools to cut it to fit.  The tiles are designed to secure together without any need for any adhesive.  The easy installation will also save you money on installation costs.

Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring

This green flooring solution comes from materials that have been harvested from scraps that would usually be left to rot, burned or sent to the landfill after use.  This includes wood that has been recovered from demolished buildings, coal mines and warehouses.

Reclaimed wood is made from recycled content which makes it a sustainable floor choice.  Because wood is becoming increasingly scarce, reclaimed hardwood is becoming popular among commercial owners.

Due to the older age, reclaimed wood has extra benefits than regular wooden floors.  Reclaimed wood is stronger and will last longer because it less likely to splinter.  Reclaimed wood has also been exposed to the environment, meaning it will not react as strongly to fluctuating temperatures.

It also looks better than newer wood.  Because the wood is older, it will have more and wider rings.  Alongside the rings, you will find more interesting markings naturally ingrained, giving it a more unique style.

Not only that, reclaimed wood is a lot cheaper than regular hardwood.  You will be buying a more durable and tougher solution for less money.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum is a type of vinyl, made from a series of naturally producing materials, such as dried flax seeds and ground up plant materials, including cork and wood flour.  All these materials can be sustainably produced and maintained, making linoleum a green flooring solution.

All materials are biodegradable, so if you ever need to remove the flooring and throw it away, it will not simply remain in a landfill.  During the manufacturing stage, left over products can be re-used for future production.

Regular vinyl flooring has a variety of chemicals that goes into making it, which could be emitting harmful and toxic chemicals into the atmosphere.  Linoleum vinyl on the other hand does not have any of these concerns.

Looking for Sustainable Resin Flooring or Polished Concrete?

Now you have the basic points to consider for your project why not give us a call on 0333 1234 385. Or drop us an e-mail at hello@ecoflor.co.uk for a free, no obligation quotation. If you have dimensions and some site photos and only want a budget quotation at this stage, we can even e-mail you a free proposal with some options usually within 24 hours.

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