If your tile and grout is starting to look dingy and show signs of wear and tear, you may be wondering whether you should replace it or restore it. Both options have their share of pros and cons, but restoration is the more environmentally friendly option. This article will review why you should restore and not replace your tile and grout if the environment is a major concern.
Waste Reduction on Tile and Grout Restoration
After tile and grout is removed, it is likely to end up in a landfill. This will contribute to the breakdown of natural resources. It will also pollute land and waterways. Restoration will reduce waste and bring your tile back to a ‘like new’ condition.
Less Additional Manufacturing
Once tile and grout are removed, they will need to be replaced. This calls for the manufacturing of additional products. The manufacturing process further contributes to pollution.
Avoids the Waste of Toxins and Pollutants
When you remove tile and grout from surfaces, dust and particles are released into the air lowering air quality. If outdated materials are present in the products removed, they can become extremely hazardous to health. For instance, many older floor installations used materials that contain asbestos.
Other Benefits of Tile and Grout Restoration
In addition to restoration being a more environmental option than replacement, it’s also less expensive. Is Restoration Always the Best Option?
While restoration is more eco-friendly than replacement, it’s not always possible. There may be instances where the tile and grout are so worn down that replacement will be the only option.
If this is the case, it’s recommended to go for a high-quality product. Sure, these products may cost more up front, but they will last longer leading to fewer replacements in the future. This will make for long term savings and less damage to the environment overall.
You can also opt for new products that will not harm the environment. When it comes to grout, there are varieties that are nontoxic, non-corrosive, non-hazardous and low emissions.
You can also use an environmentally friendly tile. There are many companies that carry tiles made of recycled glass and other eco-friendly materials.
Another option is to source your tiles from a company that gives back. There are many companies that use environmental practices in their factories, donate to earth friendly nonprofits and take other steps to make the world a better place to live in.
Tile and grout will wear down over time. When this occurs, you have the option of restoring or replacing. If you must replace, please do so in the most environmental way possible.