December 19, 2019

Sustainability: The Latest Innovation in Flooring

Sustainability is no longer a second-hand thought when it comes to design. The focus on incorporating sustainable solutions into multiple aspects of a project has become a growing trend among architects and designers. Companies around the world are looking to utilize eco-friendly products that can help reduce their carbon footprint on the built environment. Finding the right floor is one way to contribute to your sustainable plan.

Three Reasons to Choose Sustainable Flooring for Your Next Project

1. LEED Certification
A flooring company that refurbishes existing floors, diverts construction and demolition debris from disposal in landfills, and meets the LEED standard for low VOCs, is one that is committed to sustainability. There are a number of benefits that are associated with LEED certification; these include: reducing water usage and operation costs, decreasing waste during construction, improving indoor air quality, and creating a better environment for employees. In today’s environment, opting for sustainable solutions, wherever applicable, is the ethical and wise choice to make.

Choosing floors that contribute to LEED certification boosts both the image of building owners and contractors and can be part of a smart public relations strategy. Additional benefits include: qualifying for tax incentives, zoning allowances, and increasing property value.

2. Long-Lasting Performance, Great Design, and Eco-Friendly Factors
Certain flooring materials are known to be more environmentally safe than others. Some resinous flooring systems are formulated using rapidly-renewable sources and may also be manufactured to emit a low level of volatile organic compounds to ensure the air quality of the environment during and after installation. Performance is equally important when choosing a floor, which is why seamless, resinous floors (epoxy and urethane) can be formulated to perform in high-traffic environments. Since poured-in-place resinous floors become part of a building’s structure, they don’t end up in landfills when a change is desired, as most other traditional flooring materials do.

While long-lasting performance should be a priority, remember to never compromise on design. A trustworthy flooring company will offer superior functionality and wide-ranging options for design. Design elements can include decorative finishes, custom color options, and personalized features that represent your brand. A unique, one-of-a-kind floor can make your commercial space stand out to visitors and against the competition.

However, if resinous flooring does not meet your design aesthetic, cork flooring is another environmentally-friendly flooring option. Cork is renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable – in fact, cork trees live for up to 300 years, which means one tree can supply cork for many generations to come, aiding in the fight against global warming (Corkor Blog, 2017). Cork floors also offer exceptional durability, sound absorption, and resiliency; all while remaining visually appealing.

3. Easy to Clean, Hygienic, and Saving Water
A seamless floor is bound to be more ecological because of its easy-to-clean properties. Being poured in place, and having no seams or grout lines, keeps bacteria, dirt, and other unwanted substances from becoming trapped or potentially growing. Cleaning procedures for seamless flooring systems require less water and less time.


Liquid Elements’ Commitment to Sustainability
Liquid Elements, a brand of Stonhard, is a member of the United States Green Building Council and an affiliate member of the HPD Collaborative. To review our HPDs, and learn how we can help you achieve LEED certification, visit our Sustainable Solutions page.