Getting Green!

2395347329_6e508a120d_mEverywhere you turn there is a reference to something green! This reality reflects a growing desire to live a healthy and productive life and to minimize environmental damage for our and our children’s benefit. The demand to “go green” is starting us on the path toward resolving many pressing concerns such as global warming, depletion of natural resources, pollution, and the disruption of natural habitats.

U.S. households account for about 1/5th of America’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The average U.S. household generates more than 80 tons of carbon dioxide every year — that’s 22.5 tons per person! The average household also creates 3.3 tons of landfill waste every year — an average of 4.5 pounds of trash, per person, per day!

Many organizations are making efforts to decrease the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and to develop renewable energy sources. They are also seeking to minimize their environmental footprint by using products with longer life cycle and less impact on the environment.

We can all do our part by making smart purchases; so why not begin with flooring? Next we will get into more detail about green flooring and how you can be green! Stay tuned!

Travertine – What's the best type of travertine to use?

2251415735_4a62479a6e_mQuestion:

My husband and I are in disaccord about the flooring of our home. We both want a honed finish so there is no glare but we debate between marble, crema marfil, and travertine. I want a travertine that is very light with movement but similar tone, beige or cream. My husband likes the thickness of the marble, crema marfil, but it has carmel veining.

 

I would like a very clean look with straight edges and a timeless look. How do I order a travertine with the select quality and which country provides the best quality of stone. There is no guarantee in stone ordering it seems.

How thick should the floor be? They all want to sell us a 3/8 thick floor and say that is okay. We want to be able to polish, hone, buff in the future and have a floor that will last at least 30 to 40 years.

 

Please advise. Thank you.

Answer:

I understand your situation! In my opinion, crema marfil is meant to be polished and is a more formal look than travertine, although it comes in a honed finish now. Both will have a timeless look, but if you want a look that can go either way, I would choose travertine. It is more neutral even though it has more range.

As for the thickness, ½” or 5/8” thick is fine. It is most important to have a quality installer and proper maintenance. Turkey and Italy have some nice, quality travertines to select from.

Thanks for your question!