Check out some of the newest technologies and reclaimed materials that are becoming the hottest products in flooring.
By John RihaMore in Floors
If there’s a growth category in flooring, it's the green market. Although the notion of green flooring has been au courant for years, demand for commercial flooring that complies with LEED standards has helped lower prices for green residential flooring as well. That translates into more new products and more consumer acceptance.
Most flooring manufacturers are jumping on the green bandwagon, adding lines that boast high recycled content and raw materials obtained from sustainable sources. Among our favorites:
The new flooring buzzwords are "antimicrobial" and "antibacterial." Leading the way is cork, which is supposed to possess natural antibacterial properties. Tile from Stonepeak Ceramics uses sunlight to activate a chemical on the tile's surface that oxidizes germs and "speeds up the decomposition of pollutants," substantially (we're supposing) extending the five-second rule.