How floor maintenance impacts the environment


here’s no doubt about climate change being one of our greatest threats. Schools and

education facilities can play a part in ensuring sustainable building practices, reducing energy consumption, pollution and waste and focusing on the future of the planet by selecting products and materials which minimise a negative impact on our environment. When it comes to choosing flooring,

comparing products by cost is second nature. In the last few years, we are placing more emphasis on the environmental impact of a product, its embodied carbon levels and raw material sources as funding criteria for schools and education facilities becomes stricter. But are we sparing a thought for the environmental impact of maintaining and repairing the floor during its lifespan, and its eventual disposal or recycling? There can be no doubt that an effective

maintenance programme will extend the life of the floor, and therefore reduce waste and landfill, reduce consumption of raw materials, the need for recycling, carbon offsetting and pollution. Less frequent replacement also means operational carbon levels will be reduced in the long term because the use of vehicles and plant will be

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reduced. Is it easy to repair if the floor gets worn or

damaged? Floors made from large elements, typically plywood or chipboard sheets on to which vinyl, polyurethane or linoleum is laid, can be difficult to repair because of the large sheet size, and repairs will often result in large amounts of waste. The sheets will be glued together and often glued down as well. Floors made from smaller elements that are not fixed together, such as solid hardwood boards are easier to repair on a localised basis with far less waste. How many times can the floor be refurbished?

A solid wood floor from Junckers can be sanded and sealed up to ten times and with 12-year intervals between sandings, a typical lifespan of 60 years will comfortably be exceeded, a claim that probably no other type of sports floor can match. Compared with a typical 15-year life of a synthetic or “engineered” floor there really is no comparison in terms of life cycle cost. Can the floor be recycled? With the concept of

the circular economy gaining traction, keeping raw materials in use for as long as possible reduces environmental damage. A Junckers solid wood floor can often be re-purposed – we often

see decades old floors lifted from sports halls reused in commercial and even residential settings – a sand and seal make them good as new. At the end of its long life, a Junckers floor can easily be recycled, unlike flooring surfaces made from crude oil derived materials. A trusted maintenance contractor Regular

professional maintenance will keep your floor in optimum condition and extend its lifespan. Junckers is offering all schools and education facilities a free health check for their floors, to assess it condition and performance level. Run through Junckers’ Approved Contractors Scheme, a local flooring professional will inspect the floor and recommend a maintenance regime, no matter what flooring surface you have.

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