Yes, you can be green and help the environment with your flooring decision! At Floors For Less, going green means that we offer a variety of flooring products created from recycled materials, as well as carrying flooring products that meet air quality standards to ensure that we are providing our customers the best and safest products to use in their homes. There are green-friendly, beautiful flooring products on the market that are also priced fairly, making them accessible to everyone so that being environmentally conscious isn’t just a luxury.
Here are a few of our Green-Friendly Products:
Silent night is a foundation padding for laminate flooring and engineered float floors. It also serves as a noise barrier for hardwood flooring installations. We love that Silent Night is created from 95% recycled rubber. It is the best acoustical pad and is naturally anti-microbial. It has an IIC rating of 60 decibels, one of the highest ratings in the market today. Silent Night comes in 100 SF rolls that are 48 inches wide.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is growing in popularity. It’s great in kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, commercial areas and anywhere one might have water hitting the floors. LVTs are deemed green friendly and you can learn more about LVTs here: http://floorsforless.com/products.php?cat=Luxury+Vinyl+Tile
Cork can be a great option for workplaces such as a kitchen or crafting area as it’s soft under foot and forgiving if you drop something. Cork is also naturally warmer which can be very appealing in Wisconsin.
Cork has a multitude of green characteristics including the way that it’s acquired, by stripping most of the outer bark from the cork oak tree. This regular stripping does the tree no harm, and the bark grows back, to be stripped again every nine years. The cork oak trees live for 200 years or so, and the forests, called Montados, are highly prized and passed down through generations of families in the cork-producing business. Cork processing is relatively straightforward with the cork sheets being cured, boiled and pressed. Scraps are collected and re-used so that almost nothing is wasted in this process.
One draw-back to the eco-friendliness of cork in North America is that it comes from Europe, therefore, one must consider fuel consumption from shipping the cork.
This draw-back of shipping is counter-balanced by the urgent need to preserve the cork oak forests. Due to the decline in the global cork market, there is more forest clearing of the cork forest ecosystems, thus endangering cork trees. The decrease in demand for cork has devalued the forests, leading to sales or even abandonments of the once priceless land. Cork products such as flooring will help keep the forests intact and support a sustainable form of agri-forestry, therefore, your purchase of cork flooring will help impact the continuation of cork forests.
All of our green products are competitively priced. Stop by Floors For Less in Madison, Wisconsin today! Our emphasis is on service, knowledge and the ability to help you get started. Whether you’re going to install the flooring yourself or have an installer do it for you, our flooring professionals are here to help!
1017 Applegate Rd., Suite 200
Madison, WI 53713