Healthy soil for a healthy home! After painting, roofing or insulation, it is now your turn to ride the wave of ecological materials. In recent years, the builders have redoubled their efforts and imagination to offer us a wide range of choices. From the linoleum to the floor, through the tiles, there is something for everyone and at any price. Between the bedroom, the living room, the kitchen or the bathroom, no room has been forgotten. This week, HandymanDuDimanche offers an overview of ecological flooring for your comfort but especially for that of our planet.
If all floors are wood, natural and noble material, they are not environmentally friendly. By decimating ever more trees to provide us with boards to walk on, we are contributing greatly to the deforestation of the planet. Add to this the many chemical treatments that the parquet slats undergo in order to be perfectly conditioned, which also prove to us that most floors are far from being ecological. Bamboo floors seem to be currently the best alternative. From a plant and not a tree, bamboo is an inexhaustible natural resource of excellent quality, without endangering the balance of our planet. It is also the only wood to present a positive eco-balance even if it is not produced within our borders. Varnish or solid, bamboo flooring is available from 16 euros per square meter.
In local production, oak floors (from € 30 per m²) and chestnut (€ 16 minimum per m²) remain the most environmentally friendly species in view of their proliferation cycle and their geographical proximity. The ecological quality of a parquet will depend mainly on its conditioning, its installation and its treatment which must not be carried out with toxic and polluting products.
True linoleum is distinguished from synthetic lino and other plastic soils by its highly ecological character. Composed mainly of linseed oil, wood flour, cork and burlap, its manufacture requires little energy. Antibacterial and antiallergic, it has many advantages such as soundproofing and good resistance to wear and abrasion. In addition, it arises and maintains itself easily. Pleasant to the touch as to the sight, the linoleum is declined in all the colors and imitates to perfection the other floor coverings like the parquet floors and tiling. Only downside, a purchase price rather high for a plastic coating: from € 30 per m², equivalent to oak flooring.
100% recyclable, caralium®, presents itself as a new ecological alternative to tiling. Composed of 80% mineral and 20% composite, this new type of tile allows you to enjoy the benefits of ceramics without having the disadvantages. Highly resistant, they offer good thermal and sound insulation, while being strong and light. Easy to install and maintain, this new type of tile seems to have good days in front of him despite its price of 35 € per m².
Better known for its insulating virtues, cork is also an excellent flooring completely ecological, from the bark of the oak. Antistatic, warm and soft, it is very comfortable to walk. Insonorous and waterproof, it can be placed in any room of the house, even the most humid. Although it used to be only brown and granular, cork now offers a wide range of colors and graphics. It can be waxed, varnished or oiled, in the form of slabs, slats or rollers at very reasonable prices starting at € 8 per m².
Very popular, plant fiber coatings such as seagrass, sisal or coconut and jute, are made from plant fibers and are therefore deemed ecological. These are braided and then glued on felt or latex. Solid and cheap (from 6 to 20 € per m²), these coatings each have their own particularities and must not all be put in the same basket. The seagrassWaterproof and sturdy is difficult to stain, but is not suitable for dry rooms. The sisal it is also very resistant and is the most supple and the softest of fiber coatings. With its satin appearance it can be colored in many shades and adapts to any room without exception. The coconut, cheaper than all other coatings is also the least interesting, the least solid and the most easily staining. In addition, it can not be placed in damp rooms and its rough character is very unpleasant for the feet. As to juteSoft and shiny, it is perfect for rooms. All these coatings have the advantage of regulating the degree of humidity of their environment but require a regular maintenance to prolong the beauty of their fibers. If the manufacturers extol the ecological qualities of these products, we can even ask ourselves about the substances used in packaging, their processing and their assembly.
In order to choose the ecological flooring that suits you without spending any money, HandymakerDuenchanche advises you to prospect with major DIY stores, which often offer a large selection of good quality models at much more affordable prices than specialty stores.