When is comes to flooring, new products crafted from renewable resources are making their mark, but some old standbys are green friendly as well. Such is the case with traditional hardwood floors, according to Jason Stanley, VP of Floor Max Factory Outlet in Dalton Ga. Saving the environment is a big issue when choosing a floor covering. Says Stanley, noting that flooring constructed from Cork and Bamboo is popular due to its green appeal. There is even carpeting made from corn or recycled plastic bottles.
Everybodys looking into these products because they are considered green, but many of these items last only about five years. The new strand woven Bamboo last longer than traditional bamboo, and typically lasts ten years before upkeep is needed. Ten years sounds acceptable until compared with traditional hardwood floors that endure for a century or longer. When you use traditional hardwood flooring, your putting down a floor that lasts a hundred years, and the same is true with porcelain tile, proving there are a couple of different ways to skin the green cat.
A good hardwood floor will be down forever. I prefer it to products that dont wear as well. Hardwood floors help the environment by calling for fewer cleaning products, according to Stanley who claims white vinegar, water, and a mop are the only items needed to adequately care for a prefinished wood floor. You dont buy the industrial strength cleaners, nothing with Soap or Wax in the name. You save money on cleaning products, which in turn helps the environment considering all the cleaners, containers, and pads your not throwing into the trash.
Comments by Jason Stanley