About Wood Flooring
Living an environmentally friendly lifestyle is becoming more of a priority every year, and wood flooring is not only a practical environmental option, but a beautiful one.
Wood is Natural
Wood flooring lasts a lifetime, and when that useful life is over – about 100 years – wood floors are completely biodegradable. Wood’s role as flooring is really just a minor interruption in its cycle of life.
Wood is Renewable
On the 486 million acres of forestland in the United States classified as commercial, substantially more wood is added in new growth each year than is harvested. For hardwood species, 86% more wood is added annually in net growth than is removed through harvest.
Wood is Recyclable
Recycled wood used as flooring is becoming a more popular design trend. Previously used wood from a variety of sources, from old barns to old factories is a high-end enhancement that is ecologically positive.
Good for the Planet and Good for you, Too!
Millions of people suffer from sensitivity to chemicals and toxins. Hardwood floors are becoming a frequent choice for chemically sensitive individuals with allergies because wood doesn’t harbor dust and microorganisms as other floor coverings do.
The Wood Flooring Industry is Green
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has passed a number of regulations that affect the wood flooring industry. A national standard for Volatile Organic Compounds (mineral spirits) regulations has been in effect and manufacturers have been bringing VOC-compliant products to the market for some time.