Quartz Tile Flooring Refinishing or Replacement: A Look At Carbon Footprints

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If your quartz tile flooring could use a little TLC, there are options. The first option is a total flooring replacement. However, in a society that is more cautious than ever before of the carbon footprint created, replacement may not seem the best choice. So, we take a look at the second option, refinishing. Rikett quartz tile flooring is an excellent example of a flooring solution that provides our customers with several desirable features.



Understanding carbon footprint

A carbon footprint is defined at the total greenhouse gas emissions created by an individual, organization, event, or product. These gases include carbon dioxide and methane, both of which are known to cause climate change within the atmosphere.

While the calculation of a specific carbon footprint depends on several factors, there are many online resources to assist in the process. For example, this calculator from the University of California, Berkeley’s CoolClimate Network, will help individuals determine their personal impact on global warming through a sort series of questions.



Reduce carbon footprint with refinishing

Now that we have a better understanding of what’s meant by carbon footprint, let’s get back to flooring. In Sweden, a recent study conducted over 12 months, focused on the Swedish flooring market. The results showed a 78% carbon footprint reduction when refinishing rather than replacing hardwood floors. Further, the company added that refinishing resilient floor surfaces, like RQT, can also offer up to 92% reduction in carbon footprint.

One of the features of RQT is that it is coated with a commercial grade polyurethane. Polyurethane coating allows for reapplication over time, if needed. This concept is similar to the idea of refinishing hardwood floors periodically to extend the useful life.

Recoating is a quick process of doing just as it sounds, adding an extra layer of coating to your existing floor. The frequency of this process depends on the foot traffic, but is generally recommended every five years. A new layer of polyurethane will improve the look of your floor while extending the useful life.


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The environment, and your health, are the forefront of our mission

At Rikett, we take sustainability seriously. From reducing our carbon footprint through innovative, resilient flooring solutions to sustainability and safety. Since 1952, Rikett quartz tile flooring was designed as an alternative to homogenous tiles that utilized asbestos and carbonites. Instead, we use bio-based plasticizers made from sustainable soy and palm oils. Our facilities are both environmental and quality certified. Furthermore, our sustainable flooring solutions will never contain ortho-phthalates, formaldehyde, and other harmful chemicals.



For more information on our diverse line of Rikett quartz tile flooring, contact our team today at (855) 745-3887.