With many homeowners looking to achieve a sustainable home it’s a very understandable to wonder as to whether a wood floor would help you achieve that eco-friendly title. Wood flooring is often thought of as being very harmful to the environment as a result of deforestation. The truth is far from this, as responsible forestry management ensures that there is little to no damage caused by the harvesting of trees for wood flooring.
It is a common misconception that the harvesting of trees and the manufacturing of wood uses an unforgivable amount of energy. However, the truth is that the production of wood flooring uses five times less energy than what is used to produce one tonne of cement. If you’re looking to lower your carbon footprint even further, consider doing in-depth research in to where a particular floor is sourced. Try to find a floor that is sources in a close neighbouring country as this will reduce the carbon emissions emitted in the travel process.
Wood is fortunately a renewable resource which means that it can be continuously reproduced. With modern progressions in forestry management trees that are cut down for manufacturing purposes are immediately replaced with newer, younger trees to maintain the same levels. These replacement younger trees are actually far more beneficial for the environment than the older ones that are cut down. Younger trees are able to absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce more oxygen in return, improving the air quality.
Most Sustainable Wood Floors
While all wood floors are environmentally conscious, some materials are naturally more sustainable than others. Bamboo for example rapidly renews and regenerates very quickly, typically within only three to five years. Bamboo is no less strong than other species and can hold its own in both durability and longevity. Similarly, cork is also a very sustainable choice of floor that can renew within a shorter time frame. Cork takes only ten years to replenish giving it an advantage over other species. Another key advantage of cork is that some manufacturers now include recycled cork from wine bottle corks to further increase their eco-friendly properties.
Some floors are undeniably more environmentally friendly than others, but all wood floors are sustainable, especially considering their long life as they are likely to outlive yourself and your property. This means you would be unlikely to ever need to replace a solid hardwood floor as you would a carpet for example, which saves the environment from additional environmental damages caused by manufacturing. To conclude, wood floors are environmentally friendly and are able to offer you a gorgeous aesthetic and quality unparalleled in the flooring industry.