Eco-Friendly Benefits of Sustainable Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors in Kennesaw, GA, are popular for good reason. They bring beauty and elegance to any interior design. The natural wood grain patterns can be subtle like maple, or dramatic like pecan. Simply changing the floor’s stain color can enhance the look of a room to a stunning work of art. With all that, there are even better reasons to choose hardwood as your best flooring option!

Protect the Planet

Properly cared for, a solid hardwood floor will last for over a hundred years, or even longer. This longevity and durability means fewer trees need to be harvested than are planted every year. On average, 1.66 square feet of new growth trees are planted in the place of those harvested.

Look for wood stamped with a certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Their mission is to protect the natural environment, respect indigenous peoples’ and workers’ rights, and maintain high conservation of forests worldwide.  

Protect Your Family

Have an allergy-sufferer in your home? Indoor air quality is improved with hardwood floors. They don’t harbor allergens like dust mites, mold or harmful pesticides tracked in from outdoors like carpet does. Hardwood floors are easy to clean and care for with water and mild, environmentally-friendly soap.

Another issue to consider are Volatile Organic Compounds, which are released into the air as a product degrades over time. You may have heard this process called "off-gassing." Happily, hardwood has very low or no VOCs on its own. Be sure to investigate the VOC levels of the finishes and adhesives used to install your hardwood floor. There are sustainable, environmentally-sound options available.

Be Part of a Story

Hardwood is also not only renewable, it’s also a reusable resource! Consider using reclaimed hardwood in your design. Not only are you reusing a product that would otherwise be sent to a landfill, you also gain the ultimate conversation starter!

Imagine telling your friends they’re walking on white oak rescued from the beams of an early 1900s factory, or black walnut from the walls of a 100-year-old rustic barn… and your home is now part of the story!