Are you going to move or renovate? Then you obviously want to do this as sustainable as possible. This applies not only to the process itself, but of course also to the materials that are used for flooring. Especially when working on larger projects, it is essential to take a good look at the sustainability of products and materials.
Without realising it, the floor is a key component of a room. After all, the floor covers the entire house! So it’s a good idea to invest in a durable floor. But what is a sustainable floor, and how do you choose the most suitable option?
What is a sustainable floor?
When it comes to sustainable materials, you can choose any way you like. A good example is natural wood, but also bamboo, cork and rubber are sustainable materials. Just like natural stone and marmoleum, which can be used as (floor) tiles.
A wooden floor
Like a cast floor, a real wood floor is also a hugely sustainable option. With proper maintenance, a wooden floor can last between 15 and 40 years. The better the maintenance, the longer the wooden floor will last.
A cast floor
Of course, a sustainable floor doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to choose natural materials, because the right cast floor is also extremely sustainable. The durability of a cast floor is not necessarily related to the material, but rather to the floor’s lifespan. A proper self-levelling screed can last for no less than 30 years. One of the reasons for this is that a casting floor is made up of various layers.
Tiles of natural stone
Not everyone is a fan of tiled floors. Nevertheless, a natural stone tiled floor is a very good sustainable option. With the right maintenance, natural stone tiles can last a lifetime. Even if you use the floor extensively, as in a kitchen. The nice thing about a tiled floor is that even with scratches and damage, the beauty of the tile is preserved.
Choosing the right sustainable floor
When choosing a suitable type of floor, it is sensible to identify various wishes and needs. First, determine the room for which you need the floor.
For example, a floor in an attic has to endure much less than a kitchen floor. A long-lasting cast floor that lasts 30 years is therefore unnecessary for an attic. On the other hand, a self-levelling screed is appropriate in a kitchen. Certainly if you apply a scratch-resistant coating to the floor.
Go for quality and specialist knowledge
If you go for long-lasting materials, it is important not to economise on quality and/or expertise. The smallest details can make your durable floor not sustainable at all. Incorrect installation or lack of finishing of a floor can quickly reduce its lifespan. If you have a beautiful floor installed, but don’t add baseboards, the chances of damaging the floor are much higher than with baseboards.
Maintaining the floor
Always get advice about the maintenance possibilities of the floor. These include polishing the wooden floor, applying a floor coating to the cast floor and impregnating natural stone tiles.
By investing in a good coating, you can protect the floor from scratches, damage, moisture and stains.
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