As we grow more aware of the importance of respecting the environment, we want to make sustainable choices in all areas of our lives. There are a several ways you can make better, more eco-conscious choices while renovating your home. From environmentally friendly paint to sustainable hardwood flooring, there’s no need to sacrifice style and quality while respecting the environment.
Choose Zero VOC Paint
Do you remember the old, toxic smell of paint fumes that seemed to permeate your entire home? Modern paint is more eco-friendly than ever. Look for paint labelled ‘zero VOC’, meaning it won’t pollute the air or environment by emitting volatile organic compounds.
Install Energy Efficient Products
There are many ways you can update your home to make it more energy efficient. You can choose Energy Star certified appliances and LED light bulbs, and install solar panels to reduce your overall energy usage. If you’re a fan of long showers, low-flow water fixtures can also be installed in your bathroom to avoid wasting water. As a bonus, installing energy efficient products in your home will also help lower your electric and hydro bills.
Use Recycled or Natural Materials
Natural materials are less likely to end up in a landfill and are usually biodegradable. For instance, natural stone or granite countertops will last much longer than laminate countertops, and if you do remove them they won’t pollute the environmental like their plastic counterparts. You can also choose products made from sustainable materials, such as bamboo, or salvage and refinish older wood products for a rustic look.
Install Sustainable Hardwood Flooring
European Flooring is proud to offer our clients many sustainable and eco-conscious options for their hardwood flooring. Many products across the Verona Floors line are certified by the PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) and/or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) to meet the highest environmental standards.
Verona Floors offers quality, natural wood flooring while remaining committed to respectful and sound forest management. Their engineered hardwood flooring uses an older-growth, precious hardwood for the surface layer, and uses a newer-growth wood for the support layer to ensure structural stability. Using the valuable wood for only the top layer allows the engineered wood to cover up to five times the surface area of solid wood, while still using the same wood species and allowing the wood to be sanded and refinished, as desired. Verona Floors offers many different wood finishes, including natural oils, pigmented oils, and aluminium oxide finishes, and all their finishes are VOC free. Whether you’re looking for engineered ash flooring, engineered white oak flooring, wide plank hardwood flooring, or matte oiled hardwood floors, our eco-conscious Verona Floors line has a hardwood flooring option to suit your needs and style.
European Flooring offers our clients a wide range of luxurious and sustainable engineered hardwood in Toronto. Our product selection includes engineered ash flooring, engineered white oak flooring, wide plank hardwood flooring, and oiled hardwood floors. Make an appointment to visit our designer showroom in Toronto to see our complete selection of superior hardwood flooring options. Our flooring experts will help you choose the best hardwood flooring style for your home, office, or business. We also provide certified installation services to ensure your new floor is installed correctly and professionally. Contact us to book an appointment to visit our Toronto showroom, or find out more about our eco-conscious flooring options.