We know that green color symbolizes environmentally-friendly materials which are usually recycled but did you know that this feature is now available for your next laminate flooring installation?
Nowadays, it will be hard not to notice the negative impact of pollution and harmful chemicals to our environment which is the possible cause for climate change. Consequently, the government and several non-government organizations advocate on going green, and this contributed to a lot of people choosing eco-friendly materials for home or commercial use.
Although going green may seem like the chief deciding factor in choosing the right flooring for our home, most homeowners would still doubt if it’s the best option. And to determine whether green laminate flooring is the best choice, we scour the web to find all the pros and cons that we need to know before making the final selection.
- Eco-friendly laminate flooring is made with recycled natural resources producing a high-density, heavy-duty core board for durability as well as resistance to scratches, moisture and wear and tear
- It’s free of air-damaging chemicals
- It doesn’t require glues or adhesives during installation which are considered to be harmful volatile organic compounds or VOCs
- It requires no special cleaners for cleaning and maintenance thereby improving air quality which also means lower maintenance cost
- For those who has allergies and asthma, green laminate flooring would the best option because it is free of allergens such as solvents, harmful preservatives, and other chemicals.
- From the manufacturing, i.e. it does not involve the harvesting of old-growth hardwoods; to the installation, and disposal processes, green laminate flooring imposes no negative environmental impact
- It reduces waste. A good example is that of KronotexUSA of kronotexusa.com who claims that by making use of 100% recycled cartons from Pratt Industries in 2012, the company had an environmental significance of saving more than 36,000 trees, about 10 million gallons of water, approximately 5,000 cubic yards of landfill diversion, more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gases eluded and almost 7 million kWhrs of electricity conserved.
- Most companies provide an easy to follow installation process making it an ideal for DIY novices.
- Most brands offer 15-year, 25-year, and even Lifetime Residential Warranty
- Most laminate flooring has UV protection integrated into the surface so it won’t easily fade if you have a lot of sunlight in your home.
- Although green laminate flooring costs significantly higher than ordinary laminate, still it costs less than other flooring types such as hardwood which is also another popular choice for flooring.
- It gives you the stone or wood look for less and can make your home look more open, modern and elegant.
- Repairing may not be that easy. If pieces snaps together individual boards may be able to replaced, although depending on age, the new plank may not match correctly.
- In spite of its durability, laminate is not as visually appealing, and some low-quality types may have artificial-looking woodgrain textures.
- It can have a hollow sound when you walk on it as does not absorb sound well.
- May not help increase your home’s value, compared to real hardwood, if you’re opting to sell it as most buyers can tell the difference.
- There are limited choices of design as the look of the flooring is set by the manufacturer unlike other types of flooring which can be sanded or re-stained. And, again, if you’re selling your home, the buyer may not like your choice.
As you can see, there are more pros than cons, but the deciding factor here will be the purpose of redoing the flooring. Before you make that decision, ask yourself on whether you’re replacing your floors with eco-friendly laminate because of personal use and choice and it’s advocacy that you want to support. Or, if you are replacing your flooring because you’re selling your home, depending on how you’ll deliver your sales pitch, green laminate, I believe, could still add a significant value to your home.