The most important characteristics of resilient flooring are:
- the flooring comes from recycled materials.
- the flooring is installed with low emitting adhesives and sealants.
- the resilient flooring brand is FloorScore or Greenguard certified.
The most common types of resilient flooring are:
- Vinyl Tile Flooring (VCT) - Vinyl or VCT are typically produced with plasticizers called phthalates to make the PVC soft. There are environmentally responsible companies today who manufacture PVC and VOC-free VCT that are floor score certified. At the end of its life vinyl is discarded into landfills and cannot be reused, although it is durable and can last up to 40 years.
To see some of the available FloorScore certified vinyl (VCT) flooring click here.
- Linoleum – Linoleum flooring is one of the greenest flooring available; it is made from all natural materials (linseed oil, rosin, wood flour, cork flour, limestone and jute), linoleum contains virtually no trace of toxic material and is naturally beneficial to air quality and installation can be done using adhesives that are 100% solvent free and meet all low VOC requirements.
- Cork - Cork flooring is a highly sustainable product typically made from the waste cork left over after bottle stoppers are manufactured. It comes from the bark of a cork oak, a tree that lives up to 250 years and can be stripped of some of its bark every decade without harming the tree. The trees are only native to Spain and Portugal. Cork has the additional benefit of impact sound and sound transmission. For the greenest cork flooring select glue down cork tiles with water based contact adhesives and no VOC’s. To see some of the available Greenguard Children & Schools Certified cork click here.