Commercial facilities and office complexes can benefit from embracing eco-friendly flooring options. Businesses and consumers alike are becoming more environmentally conscious, and are consequently moving towards purchasing eco-friendly products. So in addition to supporting the environment, facilities can become more marketable and gain a competitive edge.
More about “Eco-Friendly”
An eco-friendly product is harvested, manufactured, and disposed of in a manner which displays care for the natural world and its inhabitants. Eco-friendly products are non-toxic and sustainably grown without harmful pesticides or herbicides, or are made from recycled materials.
Commercial Flooring Applications:
If sustainability is important to you, there are eco-friendly flooring choices for large commercial facilities or office complexes. Let’s take a look at the most popular flooring options available:
- Hardwood flooring is sustainably harvested and can last for decades because of its durability. Hardwood is a good option for customer facing areas of commercial operations. It adds warmth to a room that could otherwise feel impersonal or industrial.
- Cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees. These trees are not cut down, but rather stripped of their bark, which regenerates every three years. This substance has anti-microbial properties that can reduce allergens in the workplace. It is fire-retardant and a natural insect repellant. Cork flooring will last from ten to thirty years depending on the quality and commercial applications.
- Linoleum comes from a mixture of linseed oil, cork dust, tree resins, wood flour, pigments, and ground limestone. It fell out of favor in the 1940’s when synthetic vinyl was introduced. Since its reintroduction, eco-friendly linoleum comes in a wide variety of colors and design options. It is also very durable and able to withstand the heavy traffic of a demanding commercial environment.
- Wool is great for the hospitality industry or corporate settings. This surface offers an attractive professional image. Wool is durable and able to withstand the heavy foot traffic of any commercial environment. Long-term maintenance costs are easily managed with daily cleanings and regular attention. It is renewable, recyclable, and definitely eco-friendly.
- Bamboo is a grass similar to hardwood. This natural vegetation renews every three to five years. Bamboo flooring comes in many styles and colors, and is able to meet the demands of most commercial settings.
- Concrete is eco-friendly because it is made mostly from limestone. It can also be made with fly ash, slag, and silica. Its life span can outlast most other common flooring materials. Concrete is great for commercial applications because it absorbs and retains heat cutting utility expenses. Concrete can be highly polished and colored providing a wide variety of style options.
- Rubber flooring is often found in gymnasiums, healthcare, and commercial settings. It is mostly made from recycled materials such as old tires. Rubber is available in a wide variety of color options to match any décor.
Why Eco-Friendly Flooring Matters
Eco-friendly flooring is important because the earth has limited and finite resources. Conservation is the name of the game but there are other benefits as well. The bottom line: eco-friendly is good for businesses because it promotes a positive corporate image, supports a healthier work environment, and can lead to cost savings.
If you are interested in learning more, contact the flooring professionals at Commercial Flooring & Interior Concepts, Inc. based out of Eatontown, NJ. For more information, contact us at 732-542-0022 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.