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Installing Green Flooring

Using certain installation methods with green flooring materials may turn your eco–friendly flooring into an environmental nightmare. Buying eco–friendly flooring is just the beginning. Many folks interested in getting green flooring think in terms of what the product is made of and forget to consider how it is installed and with what materials. There are two choices when it comes to installing eco–friendly flooring; hire a professional or do it yourself. (For more information on DIY flooring installation visit for detailed installation guides and videos.)

Green Floor Installation Questions

If you're hiring a pro, you should ask the following:

  • Do you use green products for flooring installation? (You could check in advance of the job and ask the installer to do this. Of course, it may cost you a little extra.)
  • What method will be used for your flooring installation? (e.g. Is it glued down or floated?)
  • What happens to the waste products after the installation?
  • Do you have green building certification?
  • Do you use adhesives that are VOC* free?
  • Do you follow LEED** or NAHB*** guidelines?

*VOCs (short for volatile organic compounds) are carbon–based chemical compounds that can be found in certain flooring materials, adhesives and cleaners.

**LEED (aka Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third–party certification program founded by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED encourages builders, architects and other industry professionals to implement more eco–friendly practices by offering professional green training (Greenbuild365).

***NAHB (aka National Association of Home Builders) offers a National Green Building Program in effort to promote green building practices and programs.

Other Things to Consider

For a do–it–yourself job, make sure that the products you buy (glues, underlays, etc.) are eco–friendly, and also that you keep waste to a minimum.

The waste factor can be minimized by using's™ Quick Click Floor Estimator™. With this simple online tool, you can click and drag the basic floor templates to any shape and dimension you desire. By following the simple instructions, you will then be given the exact square footage of flooring you need, the waste factor according to how you wish to lay the floor (e.g. straight or diagonal), and, if you have a price in hand, the total cost of the materials.