Environmental Benefits of Wood Floors
Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable flooring material
available. Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest
wood without any serious impact on the environment, because trees are a
renewable resource that can be replaced time and time again.
Check out these environmental facts about wood floors:
Average annual net growth for hardwoods is greater than
average annual removals (Source: US Department of Agriculture Forest
Indoor air quality is better with wood floors (Source: US Environmental Protection Agency)
Wood is a carbon neutral product that produces oxygen during its growth cycle and stores carbon during its service life (Source: University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis)
floors use less water and energy to produce than other flooring options
(Source: University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Solid Wood
Flooring Life Cycle Analysis)
At the end of its service life, wood flooring can be burned
as fuel or recycled (Source: University of Wisconsin Wood Products
Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis)
floors last hundreds of years, so won’t need to be replaced as often as
other flooring options (Source: National Association of Home Builders)
it takes most hardwood trees 40-60 years to mature, the inventory
planted today won’t be needed for 100-plus years (Source: National Wood
You can learn more about the environmental benefits of wood
floors by downloading a copy of the University of Wisconsin Wood
Products Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis.
Frequently Asked Questions: Environmental
Does wood flooring promote a healthy indoor environment?
Yes. Bacteria, dust and dirt do not embed themselves in wood
flooring, as they do in other flooring options. Simple regular
maintenance—such as dustmopping, sweeping, or vacuuming—keeps wood
My client suffers from allergies. Is wood flooring hypoallergenic?
Millions of people suffer from sensitivity to chemicals and toxins.
Tests by leading allergists have proven that wood flooring provides a
healthier environment for these allergy sufferers. Wood doesn't harbor
irritating dust and microorganisms.
Is the natural environment protected during the harvesting and manufacturing of wood flooring?
Yes. Far from a depleting resource, hardwood is sustainable and
commercially more available now than ever before. 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, 90 percent more wood is added annually
in net growth than is removed through harvest.
Once installed, how often must wood flooring be replaced?
Every hundred years or so. In fact, the heart pine floors in historic
Bacon's Castle in Virginia are more than three centuries old and
counting. Simple care and maintenance keeps wood floors looking
beautiful for a lifetime. Instead of laying an entirely new floor when
the original is worn, wood floors can be rejuvenated with sanding and
refinishing. When done by a wood flooring professional, wood floors need
only to be refinished every 10 - 15 years or 10 - 12 times during a
floor's life. When a wood floor's useful life is over, it's completely
Is recycled wood flooring available?
Yes. Wood salvaged from a variety of sources, including old barns and
factories, is a popular design trend. Wood recovered from riverbeds is
another growing segment of the wood flooring industry. Logs that sank
during logging operations years ago are being recovered by a number of
companies and used to create truly unique flooring. Today's only
significant source for heartwood from long-leaf pine is through
reclaimed timbers from warehouses and factories constructed during the
late 1800s and early 1900s. Chestnut, hemlock, poplar, walnut, and
cypress are other options.
Learn more about the environmental benefits of wood flooring.
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