Floors represent one of the larger surfaces in a house, together with ceilings and walls. The significance of a natural stone floor is remarkable, both in terms of wellbeing of the people and impact on the environment.
Which are the good rules to follow in the choice of an eco-friendly floor?
• Choose natural materials like natural stone rather than synthetic materials and give priority to local and 0 km materials instead of imported materials.
• Take into consideration thermal conductivity of the material, especially in the case of underfloor heating.
• Evaluate the contribution of the material to energy saving.
• Consider the impact of the material on the quality of domestic air, in terms of smells, toxicity, radioactivity and bacterial charges.
Beyond the typology of the material, further attention should be paid to installation and fixing methods, for example the use of chemical glues and cement. These elements may contain toxic components, that compromise healthiness of indoor environments where material is installed.
Natural stone is a timeless material, always fascinating and fashionable, since ever used for flooring. Its durability and its enormous versatility allow to install it in any context. A natural stone floor is sustainable as it possesses excellent thermal properties, is ideal for homes with passive solar strategy, contributes to natural freshening of the environments in case of warm climates, is compatible with underfloor heating and possess a very high thermal conductivity.