Why Use Wood Flooring?
Wood floors have become a great sustainable resource and very popular with interior decorators and designers since 2009. They happen to be naturally Green! Back to the basics, it’s finally stylish to use hardwood floors of all kinds. Quickly regrown, the standard types of wood flooring available in today’s market are the most abundantly renewable flooring material available.
How is this possible? Due to the replace theory’s put into practice by most mills and manufacturers. One for 3 replanted is a good rule of thumb, and the fact that these trees used to make wood floors are produced in in most forests in short order by renewable source considerations. 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 as long as land is readily available.
Here are some statistics provided by NWFA that may be helpful for you to consider when thinking about possible using wood as a replacement for your current flooring:
- Average annual net growth for hardwoods is greater than average annual removals (Source: US Department of Agriculture Forest Service)
- Indoor air quality if 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)
- Wood floors use less water and energy to produce that 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)
- Wood floors last hundreds of years, so won’t need to be replaced as often as other flooring options (Source: National Association of Home Builders)
- While 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 Flooring Association)
Most valuable educational materials about wood flooring and trends in the market are readily available from the National Wood Flooring Association. They have been educating people, manufacturers, and designers for over 25 years. Learning about environmental impact and benefits for using wood products will always be relavant as long as people choose wood to build with. From framing to flooring, wood is the main source for housing and small commercial construction projects today. Until something else comes along, wood is a necessary resource for our current economy. Making sure it is always replenished and keeping inventory viable for the future is something kept in the forefront of suppliers of all types wood products.
Education is the vehicle our culture has chosen to keep you abreast of the current conditions that exist in the marketplace. Which in turn means as an educated consumer you are able to make educated decisions in your selections about products you use in building and remodeling your new home or business.
If you have any questions about the types of wood to consider, installation and maintenance of wood floors; please give us a call. For over 35 years our staff at Keith Clay has done the homework you need to be able to make the best decisions you can about wood flooring, wood products, and reclaimed wood floors for your homes and business.
Thank you NWFA for the statistics contained in this article. For more information please find out more about wood there.
Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.