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Eco-Friendly Flooring Review: Interlocking Porcelain Floor

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010

When we mention porcelain, what jumps to mind? Figurines and china, no doubt. But it's far too delicate for flooring, right? Actually, that is so very wrong.

  • Porcelain flooring's hardness is between ceramic and natural stone. The price is also generally a little higher than ceramic tile and lower than stone.
  • Porcelain is more resistant to water than many flooring options and easier to clean.
  • It's very hard and dense, nearly as hard and durable as stone.
  • Nearly impervious to temperature extremes, so it's good for indoors as well as out.
  • No waxing, no polishing, and no sealing.
  • Available in vast array of color and textures.
  • More resistant to etching and scratching than glass, marble, or travertine.

But an interlocking porcelain floor is also an eco-friendly floor just because it's an interlocking floor. An interlocking floor is a floating floor. When we eliminate the glue, we eliminate the VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) released into the air.

Avaire for example, makes a quality interlocking porcelain floor that is quicker to install, requires no backer board and no thinset mortar either. This means you can grout the same day, and it also means you save money on supplies.

Interlocking means ease of replacement. Let's face it, accidents happen. An interlocking, floating floor means easier removal of broken tiles. No glue to clean out, and no gluing the new tile into place.

Why we're selling interlocking porcelain floors

It's a simple fact of marketing that companies sell what the public wants. (This explains why it's so hard to change the fast food industry: you can only sell it if people will buy it.)

This works for eco-friendly flooring products, too. The demand for flooring and other home building products that is responsibly sourced have brought us to this point. Eco-friendly flooring materials, like interlocking porcelain flooring, are direct results of demand.

If you see a flooring solution you like, chances are there is an eco-friendly version of it. Ask about recycled content and the environmental properties of it.