Eco-Friendly may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “hardwood flooring,” but evidence shows that it has a positive impact on the environment and is one of our most recyclable and reusable resources.
This is because the annual net amount of trees that are chopped down for hardwood flooring is greatly exceeded by the annual net growth numbers. It consumes less energy because it lasts about 75 years or more, much longer than other flooring types, which not only saves you money but has a lower impact on the environment.
Additionally, hardwood flooring improves air quality and helps prevent airborne diseases that can become trapped in dust mites often found in carpeting. It also uses less water and energy to produce than other flooring materials.
They are many different types of hardwood flooring including solid and engineered flooring, but all types are ecologically friendly. Even the more interesting hardwood flooring styles, like parquet flooring, are known to have low impacts on the environment.
Another little known fact about hardwood is that it is carbon neutral, meaning it can generate oxygen while it grows and store carbon even after it’s been chopped down. This also means that after a floor has been worn out, it can still be reused at the end of its service life by burning it for fuel or recycling it.
It does take 30-40 years for trees to grow to maturity, however when you take into consideration the fact that hardwood floors are used for 75 years or more, as well as the fact that growth rates greatly exceed harvest rates, it is obvious that trees are in no danger of deforestation from the use of hardwood flooring alone.
So be kind to the environment and your wallet and choose JAS certified PurezaWood flooring for your home. You won’t regret it!