The world is going green as more people are aware of their increasing impact on Earth. With humanity being more conscious about the need to be eco-friendly, it is crucial to look at some of the actions that we can take to reduce our individual carbon footprint.
Revamping your space can be made ideal with several sustainable flooring options that homeowners can consider when choosing a floor option for a new home or remodelling effort. While wood flooring might be an excellent option for a living room or bedroom, many people prefer the aesthetics, versatility, and resiliency that tile flooring offers.
Previously a standard for areas with heavy traffic and moisture, such as the kitchen or bathroom, today’s wide range of tile styles and materials allows it to fit into any home aesthetic naturally.
Another plus is that tiles are made to be easy to clean and maintain. This helps to promote a healthier indoor environment. Materials sourced for tile manufacturing are abundantly found on earth and are easy to mine and manufacture. It reduces fuel consumption, and almost the totality of raw materials, glazes, and water that can be recycled.
With tiles being considered an eco-friendly choice by many in the home renovation industry, here are a few things to know about how tile can reduce your carbon footprint.
The environmental benefits to tiles
One of the key benefits of tiles over other floor or wall covering options is their lifespan. Tiles are long-term options that can save cost on the long run. It does not require replacements as frequently as other materials. This also means less manufacturing and transportation required, adding to the eco-friendliness aspect. In addition, tile floors are durable and built to last at least 10 to 50 years due to their resistance to stains and some dents.
2. Energy efficient
Tile flooring also offers energy efficiency benefits for a sustainable home.
As tiles are usually made from dense and heavy materials such as sand and clay, it increases the thermal mass of space and acts as natural insulators for your home.
Its inherent thermal mass reduces peak heating and increases cooling, which helps moderate temperature swings in your home – especially beneficial in Malaysia’s tropical climate.
Many tiles also feature recycled content, which further reduces the environmental impact once they are to be replaced.
3. Improves indoor air quality
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can compromise the interior air quality at home through dozens of different household products, including several flooring options such as laminate flooring.
The high temperature used to process tiles essentially “kills off” any VOCs that might have been present in the original material hence keeping your home VOC-free. Unlike the glues and adhesives used in laying carpeting and wood floors, cement mortar is used for laying tile and doesn’t give off any additional VOCs.
Tiles are also very hygienic and easy to clean. In addition, the smooth surface of tile flooring will not harbour dust mites, mould, germs, or bacteria. It is a straightforward way to improve your health and ensure great air quality for people who suffer from allergies.
As a long term investment for a healthy home, considering tiles for your flooring and wall options is a great way to ensure that the environment remains beautiful for generations to come. As tiles are made up of naturally occurring ingredients, it ensures that the materials in your home are healthy, sustainable and timelessly aesthetic.
Creative Lab offers homeowners the opportunity to take charge of their mission to reinvigorate their spaces at home through their innovative in-house designing facility. Alongside a wide range of tiles and sanitaryware for any design, homeowners can bring home their ideas with the help of Creative Lab’s Design Consultants and have hassle-free remodelling with their new Tile Installer Programme.
Established in 2018 by Niro Ceramic Group, Creative Lab is a new way of experiencing home renovation with its comprehensive in-house services, and its wide range of tiles and sanitary wares. Designed to be an experiential retail environment that enables decisions to be made with ease, all Creative Lab outlets are equipped with 3D design software that enables free instant visualisation of the renovation, alongside its in-house design experts. Presently, Creative Lab has a total of over 40 outlets nationwide and has a presence in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Visit the nearest Creative Lab to spruce up your home, or visit www.creativelab.com for more information.
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