Is rubber flooring, recycled or virgin a healthy choice?

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Is rubber flooring, recycled or virgin a healthy choice?

Asked by Les Smith

I am trying to install flooring in a new office buildout project, 1000sq ft and want to be as green and healthy as possible. I am in the horticulture business and want the office to reflect our values of helping the environment and also need a really tough floor because my crews don't take off their boots before entering.

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Harold Remlinger, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB's picture

Les,

Guessing the office space has a concrete slab, I would recommend for your situation not to install a floor material at all, but acid etch the concrete and apply a fish oil concrete stain to it.

This is easy to maintain, and will allow for cleanup from your crews dirty boots.

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Read "Is recycled rubber flooring a green and healthy choice? We're considering it for a basement living space." a Q&A answered by Cynthia Phakos.