Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable material we can use to build floors. The amount of sustainable forest management makes it possible for us to harvest wood without any serious impact on our environment. Trees are a renewable resource we can use for a long time to come.
According to the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, today’s average net of annual growth for hardwood is greater than average annual of removal. The Indoor air quality is better with wood floors since you are not dealing with carpet fibers and tile grout lines that collect dust, particles, animal, and other allergens.
Wood flooring is a sustainable material that reduces the demands on our ecosystem during its life-cycle. Some say sustainable flooring actually helps create a safer and healthier building.
Several initiatives have given example of why this type of flooring is a healthy choice. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, people with allergies to dust or other particulates, often choose a flooring with smooth surfaces like: hardwood, linoleum, vinyl, natural stone tile or slate.
If you are looking to cut down on your environmental impact, using real wood floors has very little impact on the environment in terms of raw materials, as well as the natural resources needed to harvest and manufacture the lumber into a finished product.
Manufacturers engineer Hard wood floors to give a stable and uniform fit. They do not collect a lot of dirt and are fairly simple to clean. The natural beauty of wood will never go out of style. Choosing a high quality wood flooring will always help increase the value of your home. Since home buyers it so appealing that the chances of a faster sale, and higher sale price, are greatly increase.
The carbon absorbed during the growth cycle of a tree remains even after it is installed. The carbon will stay out of the atmosphere until eventually the wood becomes a source of fuel or recycled for other projects. People use recycled wood to build flooring from different sources like wood found in rivers, old warehouses, barns, wine barrels, boxcars, and mine shafts.
The National Association of Home Builders say that wood floors can last for hundreds of years, and will not need replacing nearly as often as any other flooring option available. Since most trees will take at least forty to sixty years to mature, the number of trees now planted wont used for at least another hundred years.
The National Wood Flooring Association issued a life cycle analysis of solid wood used for flooring purposes. The study covers the entire cycle from a seedling in the forest, to the harvest process, to the manufacture process, to installation of the product, and until it is no longer useful for flooring.
The report also says, of all flooring products now available, wood flooring which comes from trees, are the only renewable raw material available. Also, the manufacturing process that turns lumber into flooring uses less water and energy to produce than other flooring options. Moist often, the waste material left over from the product finds another use. Manufacturing plants will reuse the water to heat the boilers, and burn left over wood pieces and sawdust to produce energy for the manufacturing process. This means very little material ends up as garbage in landfills, and that which does is still biodegradable.
The strength and durability of hard wood floors is next to none. If you install a kiln-dried manufactured flooring, finished to high standards, it will last for generations to come. Refinished floors will last a lot longer than other types of flooring like carpet, tile, and vinyl. When other floors begin to look tired and worn down, hard wood floors become more beautiful and valuable as time goes by. Unlike carpeting and vinyl, you can refinish hard wood, and not have to replace when the finish has worn out.