In this modern age when advancements in science and technology have become a threat to the earth’s life support systems, there is much need to adopt eco-friendly measures in building and finishing your home. In the case of your floor, wood is the most renewable material you can use.
Here is why:
Wood for Flooring is Legally and Renewably Sourced
It’s easy to imagine that, since deforestation contributes to climate change, using wood for flooring is not eco-friendly. But, the reverse is the case. Any company in the UK providing a service that requires timber as raw material has to be certified under the Timber Procurement Policy (TPP) by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) to prove that their timber is sourced sustainably and legally. Otherwise, they will be sanctioned.
So don’t worry. Sustainable timber means that when one tree is harvested, another is planted to replace, and the general health of the forest is also taken into account.
Timber is Reusable and Recyclable
Timber is not only renewable; it’s also reusable and recyclable. This means that you can salvage wood from an old wood store, house, or any other place and use it for flooring your home. So far as the wood is strong enough, it simply needs to be sanded and finished properly and it will become as good as new. It also means that timber from your old floor can be chipped down and used to power your home or crushed to be used as fillers.
Wood Floors Are Durable
This means that they can last for many decades without you needing to strip and replace them. So far as you adopt a proper maintenance policy, which can involve floor sanding, buffing, refinishing, and the likes every few years, your wood will look good and pristine for a very long time. Plus, when a floorboard is severely damaged, you can change it, instead of changing the whole floor.
Wood for Flooring is Carbon Neutral
For every 1ton of oxygen a young forest releases into the atmosphere, it absorbs about 1.4 tons of CO2. When you now consider that wood stores CO2 throughout its lifetime and that for every wood sourced sustainably, another is planted to replace it, you begin to see that whatever amount of Co2 the wood used for flooring releases at the end of its use (perhaps through decay or burning) is cancelled by the CO2 absorbed by the tree planted to replace it.
Wood Floor Production Requires Less Energy
The manufacturing of wood flooring consumes less energy during harvest, transportation, construction, and maintenance than other flooring options. With the amount of energy used for producing vinyl floor coverings and some carpets, which your floor wouldn’t need if it’s made of well-finished wood, the eco benefits of wood flooring speaks for itself.
When you install a wood floor on your home, you are not only contributing to restoring the earth’s life support system, you are also saving money on the maintenance of your floor and setting a good example for your friends and visitors.