Eco-Friendly Home Flooring: Pros and Cons

tile-flooringFrom the word “eco-friendly” alone, we can easily say that tile flooring of this kind evokes benefits to the environment. But do they really? Other than significant impact on Mother Earth, how is going green beneficial to homeowners? We dig into the matter and lay down the pros and cons of choosing environmental-friendly tile flooring.

Bamboo tile flooring

Pros:

  • highly-durable
  • easy to install and maintain
  • available in many hues that will work in any décor

Cons:

  • susceptible to water damage
  • vulnerable to sunlight, hence may fade over time
  • the adhesive used to install can release volatile organic compounds or VOCs into the air which is not ideal for household members who have asthma or allergy

Cork tile flooring

Pros:

  • highly-durable for use in any part of the house and may last between 10-30 years
  • it’s hypoallergenic and has antibacterial properties that decrease allergens in the home
  • harvested from the bark of the oak tree which grows back every three years
  • fire retardant
  • also acts as a natural insect repellent
  • can be custom-finished in a variety of paint to suit any home design

Cons:

  • because of its soft material, cork tile flooring may scratch and tear over time
  • not ideal in homes with heavy appliances or furniture pieces as they may sink permanently down into the cork

Polyester (P.E.T) Berber

Pros

  • made from recycled plastic bottles, thus reduces environmental wastes
  • highly-durable
  • spill resistant
  • comes in a variety of beautifully designed colors and patterns that can fit any home design

Cons

  • can be a little rough to walk on with your bare feet
  • can be easily ripped causing it to unravel if not repaired promptly

Rubber tile flooring

Pros

  • made from recycled tires which help minimize environmental wastes
  • burn and fire-resistant
  • can act as a potent sound barrier between floors
  • great to walk
  • moisture resistant
  • resistant to most staining agents
  • also comes in many color and pattern options

Cons

  • expensive to install
  • susceptible to seepage issues

Glass tile flooring

Pros

  • comes in an unlimited array of colors and patterns which make it suitable for most design schemes
  • easy to maintain
  • non-absorptive
  • won’t mildew or mold in damp environments
  • won’t stain
  • will reflect light, thus adding that additional layer of light some rooms need

Cons:

  • not easy to install
  • not ideal for DIY novices
  • costs higher than any other eco-friendly tile flooring

Concrete Flooring

Pros

  • extremely durable
  • polished and maintained concrete flooring can be expected to last a hundred years or even more than that
  • ideal for homeowners who are low on the budget
  • easy to clean
  • very low maintenance
  • no need to replace
  • no cost as this is, in fact, the base of your house, so the only thing you need to pay for is the polishing to achieve the look and smooth finish which is about $2 to $6 per square foot

Cons

  • like any other polished flooring, it can be slippery when wet
  • does not absorb noise well so you may hear echoing from the sound of anything moving or walking on it
  • non-polished concrete flooring can be stained easily