Wood flooring is extremely versatile, so it can lend an old-world, rustic charm or even a fresh, modern look to your home. In addition to its beautiful appearance, rich texture, and long service life, hardwood flooring offers a variety of environmental benefits. Read below to uncover some of the top environmental benefits of having wood floors in your home.
Wood is a carbon neutral product. It produces oxygen during its growth process, and stores carbon over its lifetime. Furthermore, wood floors require less water and energy to produce than other types of flooring. Currently the average net growth for hardwoods exceeds the average annual removals of hardwoods, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The National Wood Flooring Association says that even though most hardwood trees take 40-60 years to mature, the inventory planted today won’t be needed for 100 years or more.
Wood in the Home
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that homes with wood floors have improved indoor air quality than homes without. Wood flooring can last for hundreds of years, so it does not need to be replaced as often as other types of flooring. At the end of its lifetime, wood flooring can be recycled or burned as fuel.
There are two primary types of hardwood flooring: solid and engineered. Engineered wood is made by applying a layer of plastic laminate on top of genuine wood. It uses half as many trees as solid wood floors, and is easier to maintain than solid wood floors. If properly cared for, engineered wood flooring is less susceptible to expanding and shrinking, and can even last longer than solid wood flooring.
At Southern Lumber, we carry a variety of specialty woods for hardwood flooring. With more than 100 years of experience serving the San Jose, California area, we understand the value of customer service. Visit our website to take a closer look at our products, and call us at (408) 297-9663 for more information.