1. It requires less total energy to produce a wood floor than other flooring
2. Wood floors have no emissions of methane, nitrogen oxides and other particulate matter and minimal emissions of carbon dioxide.
3. Wood flooring is carbon neutral.
With eco-friendly finishes, adhesives and cleaning products, wood floors are an organic green product.
Let’s say that after a couple of decades you or the next generation in your family wants a different look with wood. It can be easily scuffed or sanded, depending on the floor’s condition and what you are trying to achieve, and a new color can be added, or a new gloss or new pieces in different species applied for a very cost-effective and very personal look at a fraction of the cost of a whole new wood floor.
When you think about a wood floor in those terms and the fact that a well-cared for wood floor will last about 200 years or more, even the most creative wood floor makes economic sense.
Bamboo is technically a woody, hard and hardy, fast-growing and quickly replenishing member of the grass family. It is a sustainable exotic that continues to explode in demand. Today’s bamboo flooring comes in interlocking tiles and planks, and in a multitude of colors, patterns and textures. Naturally blond, it can be transformed into rich medium and dark browns through steaming, a dye-free, eco-friendly process. Bamboo is highly renewable, tough, moisture resistant, elastic, affordable and very chic.
And when you consider that today’s wood flooring from top-name manufacturers is part of a worldwide forestry stewardship program to protect and grow the number of trees, hardwood flooring – a natural, self-restoring and fully recyclable material- also makes environmental sense.
Think about it. Wood will grow on you…