If you've been considering updating the floors in your home, tile flooring may be the right choice for you. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are not only functional, stylish and versatile; they are also environmentally friendly. Not only can you completely update the look of your home, but you can also do your part to stay green. Let's take a look at why tile flooring is an environmentally friendly choice for your home.
Tile flooring is made using natural clay and raw earth-based materials and it can be produced just about anywhere, which cuts down on the carbon footprint of transporting materials. By purchasing materials that are made close by, you are ensuring that wasteful practices are not being implemented to get your flooring materials to you.
Both ceramic and porcelain tile flooring are extremely durable. The dense, hard body of tile make them last considerably longer than other flooring options. You can be assured that as long as you are taking care of your tile, it will last for generations.
Certain flooring materials like plastic and carpeting slowly release toxic compounds into the environment. Tile flooring is essentially benign to the earth as it decomposes, making it a much safer option.
To clean your tile flooring, no toxic chemical cleaning solutions are needed. Most messes can be cleaned with a damp mop, and while stickier messes may require soap, a natural non-detergent soap can be used. Household cleaners largely contribute to airborne pollutants and should be avoided whenever possible.
Most modern tiles are made of almost 40% recycled materials, making them extremely environmentally friendly. There are even tile flooring options made from 100% recycled materials and are recyclable themselves. Used tiles can be used in the production of other building materials like cement, brick and tile mosaics without any pre-treatments. Even glazes can be recycled, making tile one of the only flooring materials that can be used without producing any waste.
It's important to think beyond ourselves when choosing materials for our home. By using tile in your home, you can contribute to helping the environment as well as installing quality, long lasting floors for you and your family. If you’ve decided to go green, stop by our showroom to pick out your new tile flooring.