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Eco-Friendly Flooring Review: Tile

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010

If you're looking to go green on your flooring project, you're far from alone. We all want to add beauty to our homes, but we want to do it with at least a serious effort made to spare our environment.

For decades, carpeting was the floor covering of choice for most of us. Environmental concerns being what they are today, we're coming to realize that our personal environment is often contaminated by the allergens and dust trapped under our feet. So hard flooring is making a comeback, but where do we get it and do it responsibly. Renewable sources are increasingly demanded, bringing us bamboo, glass and cork.

Classics Never Go Out of Style

We also find we're taking a harder look at some old favorites, like stone, tile, and particularly travertine. Stone and tile are nothing new, but they fit the mold for that mix of modern stylish living and environmental responsibility.

Travertine is a particularly good example of this. Travertine flooring is some of the most beautiful natural stone flooring available. It's a rock, which means no chemicals and no by-products of waste. Travertine is easy to match if tiles need replaced. Cross-cutting the stone leads to more uniformity in texture and appearance. Travertine tiles come in a large range of colors and textures of shiny, matte, brushed and tumbled.

If you're looking to add classic beauty with an artistic bent, consider stone tile and mosaics for your floors. Check out recycled metal tiles and recycled glass tiles. The creativity of the people who conceive of and manufacture these products is truly mind-blowing.

The Cost of Environmental Awareness

In these posts, we've covered a variety of flooring options. Stone and tile are not the most economical, but they can be some of the best investments. Many of these recycled products actually cost more, but they also represent a level of artistry that is hard to match. This article in particular promotes Travertine heavily. The pros are many, but the cost can be a con.

As with all home improvement projects, you should first start with a budget and a general look that's right for you and for your home. Then you find the product and the application that best suits that budget. Tile and stone costs more, but it also adds greater resale value.