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After doing extensive research on hardwood flooring, I have resigned myself to laminate due to an aging dog who has increasingly suspect bladder control.

Given that laminate is completely artificial I am concerned about the binding agents used. I want to get a VOC & Urea Formaldehyde flooring but it seems this information is hard to locate when compared to the woods.

Can someone throw out some greener options? I want a green product and fake the look of wood until we are pet free and can invest in a nicer floor. This would be an above grade installation over concrete and I am looking for click lock products.

Thanks in advance.

  • Have you looked into strand woven bamboo click lock flooring? Nice looking (especially the carbonised variant) and hard wearing. More expensive than laminate IIRC but cheaper than hardwood – micmcg Aug 24 '16 at 23:53
  • You ought to be clearer about what you mean by "green". It can mean no old-growth trees were killed, or it can mean greenhouse gases were kept to a minimum, or it can mean LEED certification, stuff like that. Which aspect of "green" are you concerned with? – Harper - Reinstate Monica Aug 25 '16 at 1:22
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In my last kitchen remodel, I used linoleum, mostly because it was a natural and "green" product. Note that vinyl flooring is often inappropriately called linoleum. You can read more online, but I thought it looked great, was easy to install and care for, and supposedly lasts a very long time.

Here is a Georgia Tech labelled paper that discusses the different choices, rating them on environmental impact and other factors.

Linoleum is made from all natural ingredients. Linseed oil is derived by pressing flaxseed and it is dried and ground into a powdery binder. This is combined with limestone, which is extremely abundant, pine rosin, and cork and wood flours to form a doughy material to which color is added. Once pressed, it is rolled onto a jute backing and dried. Jute is spun from fibers of jute plants grown in India and Bangladesh (Forbo Industries).

Resilient Flooring: A Comparison of Vinyl, Linoleum and Cork

Edit: I just reread your question more carefully, and see that you're specifically looking for click-lock products. Forbo makes a product like that, Marmoleum click tiles which is their brand of linoleum "Marmoleum" applied on top of an HDF and cork backer. Note that my comments about linoleum apply to the linoleum material and jute backing. I don't know what glues or other materials are used in that specific product. I used glued-down tiles.

  • Awesome, do you have pets have the floors held up well with that abuse? – TheCodeNovice Aug 24 '16 at 16:28
  • I had a dog, which was another reason for choosing this. Note that the color layer is solid, so it isn't like PVC flooring that claws can scratch through the wear layer. – Tim B Aug 24 '16 at 16:38

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