The Eco-Facts

Hardwood floors date back to the 1600s when most Europeans began to replace their traditional earthen floors with wood.

Isn’t it ironic that this 500+ year old product should now be considered one of the most eco-friendly flooring choices in our modern world?

forest of trees and wood

When it comes to flooring, here are the eco-facts:

  • Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable flooring material available. Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest wood with minimal impact on the environment. Trees are a renewable resource that are replaced and recycled time and time again. It takes many hardwood trees 40-60 years to fully mature. Thirty trees planted today won’t be harvested for 100+ years.
  • Hardwood floors are also a healthy choice because they do not harbor dust and allergens. Indoor air quality is excellent with wood floors and keeping them clean is easy with a broom and a dampened mop.
  • Wood is a carbon neutral product that produces oxygen during its growth cycle and stores carbon during its service life. That means it’s good for you and the earth.
  • Wood floors use less water and energy to produce than other flooring choices.
  • Solid wood floors last hundreds of years and don’t need to be replaced as often as other flooring options thus reducing landfill waste. At the end of its service life, wood flooring can be burned as fuel or recycled, rather than many other types of flooring that may end up in landfills.