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Guide for choosing an eco-responsible floor

1. Choose a floor covering that can be installed without any glue


Snap-together tiles or textile-backed rolls: we offer several ranges of loose-lay products.

Glue-free installation provides a number of advantages:

  • A lower carbon footprint for your project by avoiding the use of glue and the frequent need for levelling compounds
  • A reduction in the VOC emissions caused by glue
  • Easy and quick installation
  • Easy recycling
Choose a lightweight floor covering or a solution containing recycled materials

To scale down the use of virgin materials, which significantly increase the product's carbon footprint, remember to choose a lighter floor covering (meaning that fewer raw materials are used) or a solution containing recycled materials.
For example, our Primetex floor rolls boast one of the best carbon footprints on the market.

Our vinyl tiles and planks contain up to 55% recycled materials.

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3. Keep your floor coverings for longer

Our floors are designed to last for up to 25 years. The longer you keep your floor, the more you will reduce your impact on the environment.

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4. Choose an easy-to-clean floor

Cleaning (water, detergent and electricity for vacuuming) represents 10 to 20% of a floor covering's total carbon footprint when considering all the steps in its lifecycle, from cradle to grave. The less water, detergent or electricity used, the more you will reduce your impact on the environment.

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5. Choose a light floor to cut down on artificial lighting

A light colour can reduce a lighting system's energy consumption by up to 60% compared to a dark colour.


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6. Remember to recycle

Our PVC floors are 100% recyclable.

Gerflor works alongside a network of installation companies and distributors to collect your installation offcuts and end-of-life flooring.

Floor coverings are then treated in a specialised Paprec / Gerflor recycling centre. Your old flooring will be turned into new flooring.

Ask your installation company or your store if they take part in the "Gerflor Second Life" programme.

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You can always count on Gerflor

Stuck with your project? Want to ask a question or need some advice? Contact Gerflor's teams and get the best support and advice for your needs. 

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Gerflor, the best solution for your floors

The Gerflor Group designs, manufactures and markets an innovative, decorative, eco-friendly and end-to-end range of flexible floor covering solutions, including snap-together and glue-down vinyl tiles, and vinyl floor rolls, from installation to finishing, to enhance your home interior, such as floors for master bedrooms, floors for children's bedrooms, floors for kitchens and floors for bathrooms. 

Our product range meets the specific needs of each market application. Always aiming for greater inspiration, well-being, safety, performance and return on investment - Architecture, Decoration, Sport, Technospecific. 

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