How Can You Use Green Building Materials in Your Piscataway (New Jersey) Homes

Real Estate Agent with Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ

We've all heard about going green in our Piscataway homes, and perhaps you're ready to start now.  Going green means to adopt a lifestyle that doesn't harm the environment.  You should try to reduce the non-renewable energy sources that you consume; this includes the building materials you use.  Going green doesn't mean that you'll have a tough time finding supplies; most home improvement stores in New Jersey have departments devoted to green construction materials.

A good place to begin your green building projects is with the flooring in your Piscataway homes.  Green flooring is usually made from recycled or renewable products.  Here are a few suggestions for green floors:

· Recycled carpeting.  Traditional carpeting is made from nylon and emits volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are harmful to the environment and your health.  Most recycled carpeting is stain resistant, and comes in a variety of long lasting colors.

Going green in Piscataway Homes in New Jersey

· Linoleum floors.  Linoleum is made from natural raw materials, and is stain resistant.  The flooring is biodegradable after about forty years.

 · Bamboo flooring.  You shouldn't use bamboo anywhere that may get wet.  Bamboo is very versatile and can be used in many types of floors.  For the best results, you should spend the extra money on quality durable bamboo.

 · Cork flooring materials.  You can use cork, which is made from the bark of trees removed without causing lasting harm to the tree.  Cork flooring cannot be installed where there is a possibility of moisture, and it scratches easily.  Cork flooring can come in a variety of patterns and colors.  You could use old cork flooring as padding under carpeting instead of foam. 

 · Reclaimed hardwood flooring.  You may be able to locate hardwood flooring that has been salvaged from older buildings.  Industrial salvage companies have the woods sorted according to type and length.  You might be able to have the hardwood floor of your dreams, and recycle at the same time.

Going green in your Piscataway homes can be easier than you think. You just have to start somewhere...

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Cathy Chaudemanche
Realtor Associate/Keller Williams Realty
Metuchen, NJ
Servicing Home Buyers and Sellers in Middlesex County, NJ

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