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How To Buy The Right Flooring For Your Philadelphia County Condominium 

Are you making the move into condominium living and are ready to make your nest? Or, are you already living in a condominium and need to make some floor covering changes? In any case, the same considerations apply for either scenario.

The Concrete Subfloor Challenge

Philadelphia County Condominium dwellings are usually constructed using commercial building methods. To prevent fires from spreading from unit to unit, builders use concrete and gypcrete for subflooring. So, if you lift up a little of that carpet and take a peek good chance you’ll see something that looks like concrete.

Now, Look At Your Priorities For The Flooring You Select

Does your new floor need to be warm?

If so, you would probably want to stay away from most ceramic tile flooring, slate flooring and glue-down vinyl flooring.

Does your new floor need to be ”green” and non-outgassing?

If so, you would likely want to avoid purchasing most laminate flooring (especially from big name flooring liquidators or Philadelphia County big box stores), some cheap cork floor, VCT, vinyl tile (luxury or non luxury), or some cheap liquidator brand bamboo flooring.

Does your floor covering need to be quiet?

If so, you shouldn’t select slate flooring, travertine flooring and some engineered hardwood flooring.

Does your floor  need to be easy to install?

If so, you will probably not want to attempt ceramic tile installation. In that same category is travertine tile and porcelain tile. All of these require use of a wet saw and some skill at layout. Also the gypcrete subfloor may not be level, so that will present another host of challenges. Linoleum floor covering installation can also be problematic, as you need to have a perfectly pristine subfloor. Any minor piece of gypcrete or debris will show through the floor. You should also avoid taking on a glue-down engineered wood floor or bamboo floor application. While it is relatively easy to put tongue and groove together and nail it down—the subfloor must be very level and stable (gypcrete tends to crumble), and since it is glued down—it is very challenging to go back and fix mistakes during installation.

Does your floor need to fit a sophisticated, modern, or higher-end look?

It doesn’t take an interior designer to point out that vinyl floor or cheap carpet squares do not present well aesthetically. It is common for builders churning out hundreds of condo units to put vinyl tile or carpeting or cheap ceramic tile into the units to keep the costs down. So, what ends up happening, is someone is purchasing a condo for several hundred thousand dollars, and they have the interior finishes you would find in a manufactured home.

Now That We Have Gone Through What NOT To Choose For Your Philadelphia County Condominium, Let’s Discuss Some More Appropriate And Ecofriendly Flooring Alternatives.

Cork Floor Covering

Cork is the ideal flooring for a condo dwelling. Cork is quiet, comfortable, easy to install, non-outgassing and gorgeous.


If that were not enough, it is also very inexpensive flooring.  Eco-Friendly Flooring supplied a thick, squishy bulletin board-type underlayment. So, if you need to present your remodel ideas and materials to the condo association, your case will easily be made pro-cork once they see the list of attributes associated with cork. Eco-Friendly Flooring can supply you with a checklist and data sheet for the cork floor so that you can present the sample and this information to your association. Condo owners love the extra layer of cork underlayment which is supplied at no extra charge with the cork order.


Cork is a click-lock flooring, so for those Philadelphia County condominium owners who choose to do the cork floor covering installation themselves, it’s really quite easy. There is no mastic involved in the installation, so it is easy to make corrections if necessary. Cork floor covering installation is simple, you roll out the moisture barrier, you lay down the cork underlayment over top of that, next you start clicking planks together in rows over that. Even as simple as cork floor installation is, some condominium owners may opt to hire a floor installation professional. Any hardwood floor installer can take on a cork flooring installation. The tools required and the skill level necessary are the same.

Bamboo Floor

For those Philadelphia County condominium owners who desire to have more of a wood look in their place, they may take a good look at Eco-Friendly Flooring’s Natural Fibre Strand Woven Click Lock flooring. Our bamboo floor covering is designed for people who have chemical sensitivities, so condo owners can certainly benefit from a non-outgassing floor.


Not all bamboo flooring is equal. Our bamboo is far less toxic than most laminate flooring, cheap bamboo flooring, and certainly vinyl tile.


Eco-Friendly Flooring’s natural fibre strand woven click lock floor covering is easy to install. Similar to cork flooring, the click lock bamboo flooring has a tongue and groove which click together and bond without the use of glue. Our Natural Fibre Strand woven click lock bamboo also has wax on the tongue and groove to create a wax-on-wax bond when the bamboo floor installation happens. Eco-Friendly Flooring also supplies at no charge, cork underlayment on a roll with the product. So, Philadelphia County condo owners can also make a good case for sound insulation if they need to present their floor products to the board of directors.

The flooring answer is simple

If you want to move out or away from an environment with toxic flooring, you should select a product which does not off-gas toxic chemicals. So, you stay away from most carpet, vinyl tile, laminate flooring, and other cheap liquidator level flooring.


You look to environmentally friendly floor products like Eco-Friendly Flooring’s cork floating floor planks or Natural Fibre Strand Woven click lock planks. These products are condominium-ready, condominium-ready solutions available at extremely affordable prices ($5/sf or less). For more information about Eco-Friendly Flooring’s condominium-friendly flooring options or to get samples, please feel welcome to contact us toll free at 866-250-3273. We are always excited to help.

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