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Low-Impact Floors, Part 2: Recycled Flooring Options

Photo: Baila Floors (2016)

By cutting down on both landfill waste and resource consumption, recycled flooring is as Green as it gets. Photo: Baila Floors (2016)

In the previous installment of our “Low-Impact Floors” series, we talked about flooring made from sustainably sourced materials. In this second half, we’ll cover an even more eco-friendly option: recycled flooring. If sustainable flooring ensures that harvesting and manufacturing are performed in an ecologically sound manner, recycled flooring takes things a step further by eschewing the consumption of new materials in favor of reusing existing ones. Here are a few of the top recycled flooring options: Continue reading “Low-Impact Floors, Part 2: Recycled Flooring Options” »

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The Art of the Tweak: Small Change but Big Home Improvement

Chris enlisted her 10-year-old neighbor, Alice Doyle Taylor, to help her make new bathroom curtains. Photo: Chris Bjorklund, 2016

Chris enlisted her 10-year-old neighbor, Alice Doyle Taylor, to help her make new bathroom curtains. Photo: Chris Bjorklund, 2016

As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, I’ve been busy having three bedrooms and a bathroom painted, which forced me to clean out my closets. The project was time-consuming, but I’m happy to say I didn’t spend a lot of money. It made our home more aesthetically pleasing and I’m looking forward to having houseguests again.

That got me thinking about other little things my husband and I could do to spruce things up that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Continue reading “The Art of the Tweak: Small Change but Big Home Improvement” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Basic Flooring Maintenance Tips

In addition to distinctive aesthetic attributes, different flooring styles require specific kinds of maintenance. Photo: LPC Enterprises (2015)

In addition to distinctive aesthetic attributes, different flooring styles require specific kinds of maintenance. Photo: LPC Enterprises (2015)

You probably know the importance of having a roof over your head, but another crucial consideration is what’s under your feet. Preferences vary when it comes to flooring, which is reflected in the vast array of products available. From the sleek sheen of hardwood to the natural coarseness of stone to the soft pile of carpet, there’s no shortage of options for consumers with sensitive soles. Along with distinctive aesthetic attributes, however, different flooring styles require different kinds of maintenance, which is why we’ve asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to give their tips on proper floor care.

Hardwood floors
There may not be one right way to clean a hardwood floor, but according to Roy Nelson of Roy’s Woodcraft Flooring, Inc., there are certainly a few wrong ways. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Basic Flooring Maintenance Tips” »

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The Benefits of Green Flooring

Green flooring can be a great option for your home, but before you make a final decision, you should evaluate if you really need new flooring in the first place. Generally, the most sustainable approach to flooring is to use what you already have. Removing and throwing away old flooring creates more landfill waste, and the manufacturing process of new flooring creates greenhouse gasses. Find out if your flooring can be renewed with a deep cleaning, sanding or polishing. If not, see if the wood flooring underneath can be sanded and polished.

If you decide to purchase Green flooring, be sure to choose a product that best fits your lifestyle and budget. Here are the most common types of sustainable flooring:

Concrete
Concrete can be stained, patterned and colored to create a unique, custom look. It’s durable, easy to clean and can be easily integrated into homes with radiant heating systems.

Stone
Stone flooring is processed less than other types of flooring, but some types of stone are quarried in other countries and shipped to retailers, which can increase their carbon footprints. Stone floors will last for generations if properly cared for, so they may be a Greener option over time.

Terrazzo
Terrazzo is usually a mix of concrete and marble, stone or glass, but it can also be made out of recycled products. It’s one of the more expensive flooring options, but it’s resilient and stands up to years of use. Continue reading “The Benefits of Green Flooring” »

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