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Earthen Flooring January 29, 2008

Filed under: alternative, local — terra @ 7:00 am

Earthen flooring is just what it sounds like – a dirt floor. It’s an inexpensive, non-wasteful, beautiful floor that is just as easy to clean and maintain as any other floor. Earth floors, also called Adobe floors, are made up of dirt, straw and clay, which is then mixed with oils and wax to protect it from wear.

The best part is… they’re easy to install with radiant heat! Radiant heat is the most efficient way to heat your home, and will keep it comfortably warm for a lot less money than conventional heating systems. Radiant heat coils would be installed below the earth floor, so the floor surface is warm.

There is every little construction waste with earthen floors, and all the processing can be done by hand, as opposed to carpeting or wood floors. The floors are attractive, and comfortable – compared to soft leather. They can have a variety of colors or patterns. Check out some of the other advantages here. It costs about $1 per square foot.

A lot can be accomplished when we think about how nature makes things. We can make comfortable, attractive, low-waste floors by using materials readily available from the earth.


2 Responses to “Earthen Flooring”

  1. alan Says:

    i am trying to learn more about radiant heat in earth floors (being new to both). everything I’ve seen online assumes a concrete foundation, but I am hoping to avoid that… do you know of any resources on RH with all-earthen floors???

  2. dix Says:

    I am looking into this as well. We are building a greenhouse attached to a house which uses geo-thermal, and in-floor radiant heat throughout our slab on grade finished cement floor. There is an extra loop of the heat pipe set aside for the greenhouse, but even though we absolutely LOVE our cement floor, I would like the greenhouse, where I will spend much time on my feet, to be a soft floor. I am concerned about mold. We have no formaldehyde in
    our home. Appreciate any input or if you would forward replies to your question, I would be very thankful.

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