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Going Green With Dick n' Sons

Need help in selecting environmentally friendly flooring? Think green.

No, we're not talking Astroturf here. In this case, "green" means the use of environmentally friendly materials that are either readily renewable or made from recycled products. Several green certification programs and directories are available to help remodelers, builders and homeowners make that selection.

A floor is a floor is a floor - or is it? What are some good reasons for opting for green floors?

Green flooring...is mostly made up of recycled material and does not draw heavily from the environment on virgin material is usually a longer lasting option than your conventional flooring provides an opportunity to comply with the recycling regulations of the government is safer for the occupants of the home and the environment at large is mostly possible to recycle and does not contribute to landfills leaves you feeling a sense of pride in contributing to the environment.

Visit with us at Dick n Sons and we will help you understand why and how you too can be GREEN when planning for new flooring.

Carpeting. The carpet and rug industry uses a labeling system to identify materials with fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the carpet fiber or in the adhesives used in installation. Such carpeting improves indoor air quality, a major consideration of green building. The Green Label Plus program, directed by the Carpet and Rug Institute, certifies environmentally friendly carpeting products and recently received a 2004 certificate of recognition from the California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award program. The award program is a collaborative effort by the carpet industry and partners of California state and local government agencies. Learn about the new GREEN carpet "Clear Touch" from Shaw.

Linoleum. Natural linoleum is widely promoted and specified in the green building community, Alex says. Natural linoleum is made primarily from linseed oil, pine resin, sawdust, cork dust, limestone and jute. It is an all-natural alternative to resilient flooring, including sheet vinyl and vinyl composition tile, which are made from polyvinyl chloride. It can get confusing, however, since the word linoleum is still used by some people to refer to vinyl flooring.

Proponents of natural linoleum say it does not require the same level of care that other sheet flooring. However, natural linoleum does have some negatives, such as a higher cost than most sheet vinyl products and a relatively high rate of VOCs.

Wood. Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest woods such as fast-growing eucalyptus and other varieties without any serious impact on the environment, because trees are a renewable resource that can be replaced time and time again.

Cork. Cork flooring has become very popular with environmentalists and designers alike. Cork can be harvested every nine years from the same tree—a much faster rate of renewal than waiting for a seedling to grow large enough to replace another. It's tough, too.

Concrete. Yet another option for green flooring is to make the concrete slab the finished floor by using various types of decorative concrete techniques. Besides a concrete floor's obvious attributes of stability and durability, it can contribute to a home's energy efficiency as part of a passive solar system: It absorbs heat during the day and releases it as temperatures drop at night.

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Houston, TX 77081-6883
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