Products

Flooring Concepts, Inc. has the area’s finest selection of ‘green’ flooring options available. To learn more about the many benefits of our eco-friendly flooring products, please click the links below:

Carpet w/Recycled Content
Wool
Linoleum
Recycled Rubber
Leather
Bamboo
Cork
Wood
Coir, Sisal, and Seagrass

 

Carpet w/Recycled Content
Carpet made from recycled plastic is for the most part manufactured using post-consumer PET from used plastic soda bottles (about 40 2-liter bottles are used in the manufacture of each square yard of carpet). Carpets that are created using recycled materials perform the same as carpets created using virgin material often with the added benefits of increased stain resistance and improved indoor air quality as a result of less off-gassing. The manufacturing of recycled content carpet produces fewer emissions than ordinary carpet.

Benefits include:
• Recycled use of existing plastic soda
   bottles (PET)
• Superior inherent stain resistance
• Economically priced

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Wool
Wool fiber used in the manufacturing of carpeting is an extremely versatile flooring option because wool is a natural fiber that resists and releases soil easily, has great resilience, and absorbs noise and noxious gases from the air. Wool fiber accepts dye readily, offers a rich and varied selection of color and pattern, and is produced without hazardous chemicals. Wool has good insulating properties during the winter and summer. No other carpet matches the sense of quality, style, or aesthetic beauty of wool.

Benefits Include:
• Wide pattern & color selection
• Great wear
• Non Toxic
• Fire resistant
• Odor resistant
• Does not support bacterial growth

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Linoleum
Linoleum is easily recycled, is fully biodegradable, and is constructed completely from green materials; making it an environmentally friendly or "green" flooring substance. Linoleum is a great eco-conscious flooring choice, it provides versatility, style, and durability to a homes decor.

Benefits include:
• Vast color selection
• Extremely durable
• Biodegradable
• Antimicrobial
• Water-based (solvent free) adhesives

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Recycled Rubber
The material content used in recycled rubber flooring is 100% post-consumer waste derived from discarded and reclaimed rubber tires (Americans throw away more than 275 million tires a year). The popularity of recycled rubber flooring is on the rise because of its positive environmental attributes. Benefits including high-recycled content, low-VOC emissions and low life-cycle costs, make it an environmentally preferable flooring solution for a number of applications.

Benefits include:
• Low environmental impact
• Cost effective
• Generous color selection
• Available in roll or tile format
• Extremely durable
• Accommodating of temperature fluctuation
• Great for both indoor and outdoor uses

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Leather
Leather flooring is a premium quality, durable, long lasting, and uniquely exotic finish for particularly special applications. Leathers appearance, unlike most flooring materials, gains a patina and actually improves with age. Leather for use as a flooring material predates stone and wood and was used in the form of hides sewn together to cover dirt floors. Leather flooring will add a luxurious yet practical touch to any décor. Pricing for this item isn’t for the “feint of heart”, as costs range upward to $30.00 per square foot.

Benefits Include:
• Unique and exotic appearance
• Environmentally conscious
• Soft and quiet underfoot
• Long lasting
• Patina from use adds character to appearance
• Can be removed and reinstalled

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Bamboo
Bamboo flooring combines superior hardwood qualities with the natural beauty of bamboo in this premium flooring product. It is stronger, denser and more stable than many hardwoods and is 99 percent termite safe. Bamboo is a member of the grass family and is one of the fastest growing species on the planet. It rejuvenates quickly, has a tensile strength comparable to steel, and grows to full maturity in 5 to 6 years making it a truly sustainable resource. Bamboo appeals both aesthetically and practically to residential and commercial consumers.

Benefits Include:
• Exotic beauty
• Indentation resistant
• Rapid growth/rejuvenation
• Moderate cost
• Dimensionally stable
• Reduced impact from moisture fluctuation
• Durability minimizes need for replacement

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Cork
Cork Flooring is manufactured using bark from cork oak trees. Cork bark is harvested only from mature trees (approximately every 9 years), does not harm the trees, and provides sustainability of this valuable resource. Corks natural sound deadening and insulating properties ensure the potential for a quieter and warmer floor. Colors, patterns, surface finish, and installation method options vary widely, which add to the versatility of this natural product. Many cork products can be refinished much in the same manner as traditional wood floors.

Benefits Include:
• Cork bark is cyclically harvested without causing damage to the trees
• Soft and warm under foot
• Wide range of material styles and finishes
• Sound deadening
• Insulating
• Moderate price range

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Wood
Wood flooring exhibits warmth, character, and a natural beauty that is timeless in its use within American décor. Global trends involving the sustainable harvesting of wood for use as flooring provides environmentally conscious consumers with materials that can be used with confidence in support of the environment. Water-based finishes and improved efficiency of the manufacturing process are also being implemented to reduce environmental impact. Many manufacturers are utilizing FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified suppliers in the procurement of materials for use in wood flooring.

Benefits Include:
• Wide product selection
• Timeless beauty
• Can be refinished
• Water-based finishes available
• Sound deadening

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Coir, Sisal, and Seagrass
Natural plant fibers used in the manufacturing of these uniquely designed carpet styles are derived from the Coconut, Agave Sisalana plant (in the case of sisal) and from tropical sea grasses. Each of these products is harvested in a sustainable manner and then woven into naturally durable and stain resistant flooring. These materials are widely used in the form of area rugs (in addition to wall to wall) and offer design potential that brings nature into the interior environment.

Benefits Include:
• Natural color pallet
• Woven construction
• Excellent stain resistance
• Great wear
• Non Toxic
• Odor resistant
• Does not support bacterial growth

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Partial List of Manufacturers

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Amtico Armstrong Congoleum Beaulieu Forbo Johnsonite Kahrs Mannington Mohawk Metroflor Nora Roppe Wicanders Shaw Design Materials, Inc.

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