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Greener Flooring

Many factors go into flooring choices: member needs and preferences, the costs of the materials and installation, the level of maintenance required and the estimated lifetime of the materials.

The environmental impact of our decisions is another important factor for many. Here we have put together a chart to help members navigate some of those various factors; including how green different flooring options are.


  • The material cost comparison excludes labour and consists of the product and the underlay.
  • It is several years old.
  • The maintenance cost is based on the expected life of the material.
  • The environmental impact is based on a number of studies that assess environmental attributes of each flooring product. For more information see 2019’s “Comparison of Environmental Impacts of Flooring Alternatives” by primary author Jim L. Bowyer.