Within the last 20 years or so, hardwood floors have become a popular design choice for businesses and homeowners alike. This versatile flooring option comes in a wide variety of materials, colors, and styles and adds an air of elegance to any space in which it’s installed. Beyond its sleek appearance, however, hardwood floors offer an additional advantage over other flooring materials in that it is the most eco-friendly. Urban Design Floors has been installing beautiful hardwood floors in Denver and the surrounding areas for more than 15 years. Contact a member of our team today to get a free estimate! In the meantime, check out these ecologically-sound benefits to this popular flooring material!
One of the best things about hardwood flooring is that it can serve many additional purposes once its primary use as flooring has run its course. Unlike carpet, hardwood flooring doesn’t require stretching during the installation process. Because of this, you can (carefully) uninstall hardwood flooring and recycle it in a variety of different ways. If your wood floor has sustained some kind of damage that renders it unrepairable or you’re replacing your wood floor for another reason, be sure to salvage any planks that you can! The salvaged planks are easy to sand down and refinish and they can be used to make many creative household items, from wall paneling to wooden decor and furniture. Aside from being very easy and cost effective to repurpose, it can also be burned as fuel.
Have you ever heard the myth that the process of harvesting lumber for wood floors depletes our forestry, and that by purchasing this flooring material, you’re damaging the environment? While trees are a natural resource that many consumers and ecologists are concerned about, the regrowth rate for trees is actually greater than that of the removal rate. According to the National Wood Flooring Association and the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the ecological significance of gathering trees for manufacturing is minimal. Even though it can take 40 to 60 years for various species to mature, the resources that are currently being planted are not likely to be needed for more than 100 years. Given this information, you can be sure that your hardwood flooring is manufactured from one of the world’s most renewable resources!
Durable and Sustainable
Because wood flooring is so inherently durable, it will lend itself to the beauty of your home for hundreds of years. When cared for properly, it’s entirely likely that your hardwood floor will out last you and your home combined! Other flooring materials, such as carpeting and tile, are also beautiful options for floors, but will not last as long. Because of this, they will require replacement far sooner than wood floors, which means that carpet and tile will take up much more room in the local landfill than wood flooring. It has also been determined in studies that hardwood flooring requires less water, energy, and manpower to produce than other flooring materials. When you choose beautiful hardwood for your home, you can rest assured that the manufacturing process is cleaner and more-energy efficient than that of carpet or tile.
Aside from its elegant appearance, hardwood flooring is also long-lasting, renewable, and very easy to re-purpose and repair. Whether you choose a glossy maple or matte oak, Urban Design Floors will gladly work with you to achieve your desired interior look and feel. From design to installation, our professional team is very knowledgeable about all aspects of hardwood floors! Contact us today to get your project started!