If you're getting ready to remodel your home and at the top of your replacement list is carpeting and flooring, you'll want something that fits the needs of your family. If you want your family to lean toward a more eco-conscious lifestyle, it starts in your living area. Carpet installation and other types of flooring allows you to use recycled and earth-friendly products that are safe for you and the environment. Here are a few options you may want to consider as you sit down with your contractor and order your new flooring.

Carpeting

Having a soft place to fall and play is something most homeowners strive for. Carpeting fits that bill by providing a plush area that is comforting and easy to care for. If you have a busy family and you plan on high traffic moving across your carpeting, stain prevention is a must. While you strive to avoid crushing your carpet and having it absorb stains, you also want it safe enough for your family to enjoy. Choosing a carpet with a low VOC or volatile organic compound means less vapor pressure release into the air of your home after installation. This also includes the carpet cushion mats and underlayment—make sure that they meet the proper emissions limits to prevent chemicals from reaching your airways.

Hardwood Flooring

While you may enjoy having carpeting throughout your house, incorporating hardwood flooring allows you to mix and match your style. Hardwood flooring that is not chemically treated or stained is a safe option for your environmentally-minded lifestyle. Hardwood can serve as a great divider between carpeted rooms and provide a great space for higher traffic areas or spaces where stains may be more prevalent such as the dining room, entryway and kitchen.

Tile And Protective Stain Barriers

It's important to have a chemical-free flooring product throughout your home. For your kitchen and bathroom, there are many tile options that you can use alongside carpeting that are environmentally preferable. Before tile and carpet installation, be sure that everything meets high-quality environmentally safe standards. This ensures that the products and installation materials won't harm your family. Stain barriers and coatings using products that contain a natural-based antimicrobial solution creates a healthy layer of protection against mold, mildew and certain types of bacteria.

Laminate

Having laminate flooring installed alongside your carpeting, is a way to bring a stain-resistant surface to your home. Laminate flooring is made to look like hardwood flooring and is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint by saving the life of more trees. Keep in mind to choose laminate flooring that meets formaldehyde emissions standards to help reduce the amount of chemical products that you bring into your home.

Combining several flooring options with your carpet installation is a great way to diversify your eco-based living space. 

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