Durable floors / Guides

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...durable than a floor made of solid wood only. Worthy of note: Engineered wood floors lend themselves well to in-floor radiant heat. Solid hardwood floors: Wood flooring can come either raw or pre-finished. Traditional raw wood flooring usually requires as much work in finishing as it did to install and that’s cer...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...floors are extremely durable and non-toxic ; silicate-based densifiers keep them that way and make it a great start to safe indoor-air quality in a home. This is an excellent flooring option for anyone with chemical sensitivities who wants a beautiful and durable eco-friendly floor in their passive solar home - especia...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes in bright colors and faux finishes. Whatever name you call it, it’s generally considered both the greenest and healthiest floor covering in the world. Today’s marmoleum is made from a ma...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...durable & Beautiful Floors , Marmoleum : A healthy and non-toxic green flooring product , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes to protect indoor air quality all at Ecohome, North America's Green Building Website .

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

How to Install a Radon Barrier - Slab Floors If in the kind of area where it's a good idea to install a vapor barrier against radon ingress, (check out the Radon maps by state and province page to find out here) we can't stress enough how important it is to test for radon, or better still to continually monitor for ...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...durable as polyurethane finishes, but are much more natural looking as they age, and they are much easier to repair. Lacking the hardened coating of polyurethane, these floors can be less resistant to water and more prone to denting. Whatever finish you choose, it is pretty much a given that a softwood floor will get...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Durable, User friendly, Resilient and Engaging. This split level home was built on a 6 inch thick concrete slab-on-grade (insulated to R60) and is as durable as it is energy efficient. The floors are polished concrete and red spruce; interior walls comprise brick placed in the path of the sun to act as thermal storag...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...floors. If you've used one in any other application you could give it a try, but sanding floors might not be the best place to learn. They have a very sensitive balance and will take off across the floor spinning wildly and wrapping the cable around your legs as they go if you don't yet have the magic touch. And if you...

Insulating a Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home with Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

Insulating below slab-on-grade foundations Why insulate under a slab on grade foundation? For comfort, and to save money, that's why! In many areas Building Code has fallen behind common sense on what specification of insulation to use under a slab , It is common to install as little as R5 insulation below slab floo...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...floors or air heated radiant floors . The financial investment put towards the comfort of radiant floors can arguably be redirected towards insulation instead. Radiant floor heat is a comfortable heat, but with sufficient subfloor insulation you can mitigate the discomfort of cold associated with concrete floors by kee...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...durable and they cost less to operate. Floors are the contact point between us and our house, so additional body heat is lost as our feet conduct heat to a cold floor. To compensate for cold feet, people will often jack the thermostat up from the seemingly 'uncomfortable' room temperature of 20-21°C. Cold floors in a...