Leather Flooring Debuts as Green Option

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Subject: ECO friendly floors

Cork is the answer for eco renewable material that is softer on the feet and joints than hardwood or tile.

Price is very reasonable compared to hardwood.

Ron Hilldebrant

Subject: Eco Nuts

This is hilarious. The guy lives in a 4500 sq foot house and is worried about using our resources. I like the flooring but despise the Eco crowd who plug in their car and then drive to their mansion thinking they are helping the environment. "yes I need 4500 sq feet but I only use things that won't hurt the earth". Give me a break.

Viviane Silverman


I am looking to replace all the carpeting in my Virginia townhome to accommodate the hairballs and other "surprises" from my 3 cats! I am interested in this option as it sounds more resilient and easier on my older joints and back than hardwood or tile. Please advise if it would encourage cats to claw it up, and if it would be possible to remove the odor from cat poo from leather. Is there a protective layer on top to resist liquids (urine and poo, red wine, BB sauce, etc)?


Pam Joyce


Leather flooring might be eco-friendly or green for the building industry, but I can assure you, it is not for the animals that "donate" their leather.

Emily F


Sounds great, looks great on the websites (you can request samples from the Torlys one, btw)...but what about pets? My first thought was "What happens when my cat tries to tug at the floor with his claws? What about people with large dogs?" I know it's supposedly "abrasion-resistant", but that needs to be defined. And since it's mostly a click-lock tile system, I'm thinking it would be a tough job to replace a damaged tile in the center of a room. The cost is a bit high, but that's to be expected I think, since it's so new and is a premium flooring option. I will definitely keep my eyes open though! If this stuff can handle pets and the prices start to drop, I'm in!

Joseph Caporelli


Where can I find more info and maybe a sample of leather flooring?

Ginger O.


Currently doing kitchen remodeling. $15/sq ft is WAY out of my paygrade - otherwise extremely interested!

Jamie Lohr


I read the first few lines over 3 times, thinking a person who lives in a 4500 sq. ft. house can't be serious about being eco-friendly. Unless of course, he has 18 children?

Ken L


Where can one find an analysis of the differences in environmental impact for leather vs wood or bamboo?

Brenda Henning


It's difficult to believe in the "green" standards of someone who lives in a 4,500 square foot house. But of course, this is coming from a person who lives in a 1,000 square foot house with a family of four members. I would be curious as to where I could locate this leather flooring. I live in southeast New Mexico.



I am a rep for this product and do technical support for them. We have done many installations with pets. You seal the surface-- and walk on that. It has not been an issue.

The leather is recycled from the automotive industry. So while they didn't donate their hide, it's already there and diverted from the landfill. If you need a dealer, contact us at www.ecodomo.com

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.