Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Flooring options abound!

We went to eco flooring on the east side of Madison today. It was a very productive flooring visit/education session. The woman who owns it was very helpful and it went much better than our visits to some of the traditional flooring stores in Madison. It was a very family friendly place which I also appreciated.

At this point we are leaning towards cork in the bedrooms, reclaimed slate tiles in the hall/entry and perhaps master bath, and some sort of wood in the rest of the main floor. Wood actually is probably the most diverse with options of many solid reclaimed varieties, engineered reclaimed, and new FSC (forest stewardship council) certified wood. All of this is markedly more expensive than the non certified wood available at your local mass lumber yard.

I think we are going to skip the bamboo as it looks to clean and perfect for me. I like things a little more rustic and less smooth. We are also going to skip the wall to wall carpet given concerns about air quality and off gassing. The only good carpet choice seems to be 100% wool which is very expensive.

We learned about a wood floor coating called "Rubio Monocoat" which sounds less maintenance than waxing the floors but is largely made of natural components and has 0% VOC. It sounds promising and if anyone has experience with this we would appreciate input.

We will await our bids and then go from there. This should be interesting!


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