- What is currently on the floor?
- If you are replacing an existing hard surface flooring, floating floor planks can simply float directly on your existing floor if it is well secured and flat. In fact, if you have very old synthetic tile – they could contain asbestos and it’s best just left in place and covered.
- Do you have a worn, ugly wood floor – or is there an old wood floor under the carpet ? Perhaps just a good sanding and recoat is all you need. Remember to use less toxic, healthier stains and finishes – yes, we offer those!
- What is the substrate the flooring be installed on top of?
- Concrete slabs are most common here in New Mexico at ground level. If your concrete slab is in good shape you can simply etch, stain and seal. If it needs repair, spread a concrete micro-topping before staining and sealing. If you prefer not to live on a hard and chilly floor, woods, bamboo, natural linoleum (marmoleum) and corks are available that just ‘float’ – no glue or nails required. Several styles have a built-in underlayment - the woods will require an additional underlayment – we like 1/8″ cork.
- Some solid woods can be glued directly to concrete.
- Tile can be installed directly on concrete, but again is hard and cold.
- If you have in-floor radiant heat a floating floor can work great but some certainly work better than others in conducting heat and/or performance.
- Plywood or particle board is another common floor substrate. Most all flooring choices can be either glued, nailed or floated on this substrate.
- Will you hire somebody to install your floor or Do-It-Yourself?
- Some flooring materials are best installed by a professional. For instance, sheet marmoleum requires special skills, tools and knowledge of the material.
- Gluing and/or nailing a wood floor also requires a skill level and the appropriate tools.
- Drop-n-Lock or click panels are the easiest to install or the least expensive labor.
- There are lots of great videos online to help instruct you along the way. Rent or borrow the tools you may need.
- How will the room or space be used?
- Consider how much use and what kind of use you expect the floor to manage. For instance, cork is a wonderful choice for kitchens and bedrooms where we spend lots of time on our feet and/or barefoot, but may not be a great choice for a mudroom.
- If you are hiring a contractor, have them look at the job prior to ordering materials, they can help determine the correct amount of material to order and explain exactly what will be required to get the best install. We can recommend an installer that is experienced with our flooring if you like.
- The flooring you choose most likely needs to be ordered and shipped to the store. Allow for 10 days to 2 weeks for the product to arrive at the store.
- Flooring products require time to acclimate in your home before installation. Solid woods can take up to 3 weeks while engineered woods, cork and marmoleum only about 3 days.
- Assure your floor or substrate is level enough – some filling and sanding may be required before installation.
- What about the baseboards? Can they be re-used?
- Pre-finished materials can be lived on immediately, while refinishing a wood floor or staining and finishing a concrete floor will take more time. The finishes need to dry and cure before moving back into the room.
- Most all hard surface flooring manufacturers will require and/or suggest a humidifier – keeping the humidity to between 30% and 50%. In reality most of us do not run a humidifier and most floors do okay without them, however it may invalidate your warranty.
- Keep the floors swept – dust underfoot acts as sandpaper, wearing your floor.
- Damp mop as necessary.
- Use the manufacturer’s recommended cleaner. Usually a good, PH Neutral cleaner will work. Always test a small spot if unsure.
- Manufacturers also may have their own polish. These are applied as necessary to renew the luster of the floor.
Southwest Green Building Center would like to help you choose a beautiful floor! We will make sure you leave with installation and maintenance instructions! Do it right the first time for a healthy floor that will last a lifetime!
Keeping it Non-Toxic, Gorgeous and Affordable with Marmoleum from Forbo Industries.
Marmoleum – Natural Linoleum - ”The most natural of materials” “Life-cycle analysis shows that our linoleum products are the ecologically preferred floor covering. Linoleum is produced from renewable materials: linseed oil, rosins, wood flour, jute and ecologically responsible pigments. These materials underlie the charm that gives each design its inimitable, distinguished look.” from http://www.forbo-flooring.us/Environment/Our-environmental-promise/
Marmoleum is Asthma & Allergy Certified – the components in the materials are naturally anti-microbial – making this an extremely healthy flooring material. Available in both sheet goods and click planks in 1′ x 3′ and 1′ x 1′ – perfect for patterns. So many fun and fantastic colors too!
Keeping it Non-toxic, gorgeous and affordable at Southwest Green Building Center with US Floors.
US Floors - “USFloors Natural Bamboo, Natural Cork and Natural Lino products all satisfy LEED credits for Indoor Air Quality AND meet the European E0 Standard, a strict test that measures the amount of formaldehyde in a product. Formaldehyde is found in the glues and adhesives used to make bamboo and cork floors, but USFloors specifies low formladehyde content in all of its Natural Bamboo and Natural Cork floors to exceed health standards established in the United States, Europe, and Japan. 100% formaldehyde-free products are our ultimate goal. In addition, HDF core boards used for our floors have no added formaldehyde.” from http://www.usfloorsllc.com/why-natural-cork/eco-mission/
Navarre Wood Floors – “Lyon” – 5/8″ x 12″ x 86 5/8″ – FSC Engineered - Natural Oil Finish - $5.19/sq. ft. till gone.
Engineered Drop & Lock Strandwoven Bamboo – Spice, Tiger or Natural – 3/8″ x 3-3/4″ x 36″
Special – $3.59/sq. ft.
These photos were taken at my sister’s home. She installed over 1000 square feet last year and loves it. Removing the carpet and installing this flooring created an entirely new look and clean feel in her home. It is wearing incredibly well – no scuffs or marks!
US Floors offers hundreds of patterns in cork flooring. These floors offer comfort and beauty for the life of your home. Great in the kitchen where you spend most time on your feet. Everyday pricing ranges from $3.89 – $6.69/sq. ft.
This discontinued style is $3.29/sq. ft. while it lasts!
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- “EcoFusion is proud to offer an entire line of flooring that is made without the use of urea-formaldehydes or harmful VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Most flooring products from other companies contain some amount of harmful or toxic chemicals that can off-gas in your home. EcoFusion takes great pride in its manufacturing process to ensure that your family receives a flooring product that is safe from any harmful VOC’s that could affect your family’s health. All ECOfusion Flooring products exceed indoor air quality standards as tested to CARB2012 and EO thresholds.” from http://www.ecofusionflooring.com/eco-impact/
Solid Standwoven Bamboo – Drop N Lock - 1/2″ x 4.5″ x 72 7/8″ - 6 colors - Special – $4.99/sq. ft. – 4/1/13 – 5/30/13
Solid Standwoven Eucalyptus – Drop N Lock - 1/2″ x 4.5″ x 72 7/8″ - Special – $5.99/sq. ft. - 4/1/13 – 5/30/13
These floorings are much more beautiful in person. Please stop in and take a look and feel! Special pricing valid 4/1/2013 – 5/30/2013. See you soon!
Yeehaa – the perfect opportunity. I already knew I wanted cork flooring after being in the green building business for several years. Not only is it economical – it’s gorgeous, comfortable, easy to clean, non-toxic and environmentally sound.
I was so excited to be moving back to Albuquerque and into a townhome of my own. An attractive part of the deal was the townhome was sold with a “flooring allowance”. The carpet was fairly disgusting and the tile in the kitchen and entry were half missing and cracked. The carpet was removed within days – choosing to live on the cleaner subfloor until the new flooring would be installed.
I measured, ordered and my contractor and I installed Natural Cork – the Eco-Cork line in ‘Roca’. The planks are 1′ by 3′ and click together – essentially floating on the subfloor. Leaving a small gap at the walls, which are hidden under the base boards, the floor moves as one piece if it needs to contract or expand. In addition, there are no micro-bevels or grout lines, making for a very smooth surface. Between the smoothness, warmth and the slight give of cork – wow, it is soooo comfortable. Bonus, it is super easy to keep clean too!
For the actual stair treads, stair landing and entry, I choose a bit harder material, bamboo. The solid stair treads are one piece and easy to install. The risers are cork and I love the look – they blend so well.
The photos above were taken just a couple weeks ago, but the flooring project was done over 4 years ago. The materials continue to look great with no problems what-so-ever. There has been spilled wine, coffee and even cat pee on the cork and all cleaned up easy and with no staining or penetration through the finish. I love it and highly recommend cork flooring to friends and customers. There are a couple hundred color and style options available and the price range is $3.89 – $6.69/sq. ft. Bamboo starts at $3.49 and is also available in several formats and colors. http://swgreenbuildingstore.com/products-page/eco-flooring/cork-flooring/