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Streamline Floor Covering, Marshfield MA, quality carpeting & hardwood, vinyl, laminate, ceramic tile flooring; serving South Shore MA, Boston, Metro West MA, South Coast MA

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Think Green – Quality Eco-Friendly Flooring Options

MaterialSelection TipsProsConsCostRecommended Uses
Bamboo Flooring

Renewable resource. Fast-growing grass that can be selectively harvested annually.
Look for bamboo products that are FSC certified and have no formaldehyde added.

(See products links at end of article.)
* Renewable resource

* Extremely durable

* Harder than red oak or maple
* Overuse of natural bamboo forests may be destroying them

* Asian sources require significant embodied energy for transport
$4-$8 per square foot* Bedroom
* Living room
* Family room
* Dining room
* Kitchen
* Entryway

Green carpets and area rugs are low-emitting and made from natural fibers (e.g., wool, jute) or with a high content of recycled synthetic fibers.
Look for The Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label Plus certification. Area rugs and carpet tiles are preferable to broadloom (wall-to-wall) carpet.

Visit the Green Label Plus website for a list of carpets that have been tested and certified as low-emitting products.
* Carpet industry is actively addressing its environmental issues

* Good sound absorption (quiet to walk on)
* Synthetic fibers are made from petroleum, a nonrenewable resource

* Difficult to clean

* Can harbor dirt, dust and mold
$4 and up per square foot* Formal areas
* Bedroom
* Stairs

don't use wall-to-wall carpet in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, or other areas regularly exposed to moisture.
Cork Flooring

Cork is a renewable resource made from the bark of the cork oak.
Look for products that have no formaldehyde added. Avoid cork-vinyl composites.

If using a sealer, select a low-VOC product (less than 200 g/L of VOCs, per SCAQMD Rule 1113).

(See product links below.)
* Renewable resource

* Sometimes has recycled content

* Easy to clean if properly sealed

* Good foot support and sound absorption
* Indoor air quality impacts from some sealers.

* European sources result in higher embodied energy for transport
$3-$6 per square foot* Kitchen
* Family room
Linoleum Flooring

Same ingredients today as when it was invented in 1863: linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins, ground limestone and pigments, all pressed onto a jute backing.
Look for "natural linoleum." Vinyl flooring is sometimes generically called "linoleum."

Available as sheet or tile flooring.

(See product links below.)
* Renewable ingredients

* Often has recycled content

* 30- to 40-year lifespan

* Easy to clean

* Good foot support
* Made in Europe, resulting in significant embodied energy for transport

* Odor from linseed oil may irritate some people
$4 per square foot* Kitchen
* Bathroom
* Family room
Rubber Flooring

Natural virgin rubber is derived from rubber trees, a renewable resource. Using recycled rubber made from tires reduces the environmental burden of discarded tires.
Some rubber has a significant odor. Use in well-ventilated areas only.

Synthetic rubber tends to be more durable than natural rubber.

(See product links below.)
* Often has recycled content

* Easy to clean

* Good foot support

* Can be installed without adhesives

* Durable (20-year lifespan)
* Continual off-gassing (particularly from recycled tire rubber) has indoor air quality impact

* Synthetic rubber is made from petrochemicals
$5-$7 per square foot* Outdoors
* Well-ventilated indoor space (e.g., mudroom)
Stone Flooring

Natural resource; durable material.
Look for locally (or at least domestically) mined and fabricated stone; avoid buying imported stone (to reduce transport-related energy).

Look for stone that does not have to be sealed. If using a sealer, select a low-VOC product (less than 200 g/L of VOCs, per SCAQMD Rule 1113).
* Easy to clean

* Durable
* Stone is a finite resource

* High embodied energy if stone is mined or fabricated overseas

* Some sealers produce harmful VOC emissions
$3-$10 per square foot* Kitchen
* Bathroom
* Entryway
* Fireplace
Tile Flooring

Durable material (ceramic or glass), often with recycled content.
Look for locally manufactured tiles with high recycled content.

(See product links below.)
* Easy to clean

* Durable

* Often has recycled content
* High embodied energy (to fire tiles and produce cementitious materials)

* Seek local sources because of heaviness
$1-$6 per square foot* Kitchen
* Bathroom
* Entryway
* Fireplace
Wood Flooring

Natural material; renewable resource; durable.
Look for Forest Stewardship Council certified, or salvaged/reclaimed wood. Ask retailer for a chain-of-custody certification. Avoid products with added formaldehyde (sometimes used in engineered/pressed wood backing or sublayers). Look for sealers and cleaners that are environmentally benign and low-VOC emitting.

You can search the Forest Certification database for FSC certified forests or wood products.
* Renewable resource if from a sustainably managed, selectively harvested forest

* Low embodied energy, particularly if harvested and produced locally
* Clear-cut forestry causes overharvesting and destruction of habitat

* Wood contains some naturally occurring formaldehyde
$3-$6 per square foot* Bedroom
* Living room
* Family room
* Dining room
* Stairs

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