Environmental Benefits Of Wood Flooring

Climate change is a really big issue and currently one of great concern for our beautiful planet.  It is important we all try to reduce our carbon footprint.  Yes, we can do small things, such as household recycling, conserving water and energy, but what about the bigger picture?  Do we consider the environment when updating our home?  When it comes to flooring, choosing wood is a much a ‘greener option’. Here are a few of the environmental benefits of wood flooring:-

RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT

By responsibly harvesting and managing timber correctly it is a renewable source.  Well managed woodlands are ‘kept under control’ by thinning out smaller saplings allowing existing trees enough space to grow and thrive.  Replacing trees once larger trees are harvested is a cyclical process.

Sourcing timber from a responsible supplier is vitally important. A good supplier can provide the provenance of the timber.  At Sutton Timber, Ben Sutton personally visits woodlands throughout the country to source our timber first hand from the foresters.  We can trace every board back to its origin.

LONG LASTING

A good quality hardwood floor will, if cared for, last for decades and does not need replacing.  Compare this to carpet that would need replacing every five to ten years, or a synthetic floor covering (laminate or vinyl) that again would need replacing more often that hardwood.   Plus the production of wood flooring saves natural resources because it uses less water and energy than other flooring materials.   

IMPROVED AIR QUALITY

Wood flooring improves overall air quality in the home.  Hardwood floors are hypoallergenic, and contamination from mould and dust is minimal. Other flooring alternatives use glues and harsh adhesives that can have a negative effect on the environment and household air quality due to emissions during the life of the flooring.

REDUCING WASTE IN LANDFILL

Wood floors reduce the amount of waste in landfill.  They require fewer raw materials to produce than other flooring options.  If flooring is ever replaced it can easily be recycled into other wood products or used for fuel as a heating source.  In the event it does end up in landfill it is of course biodegradable so it will decompose. What’s not to like?

About the author

Ben Sutton has established himself as independent hardwood timber merchant and supplier with a solid reputation built up over the last 20 years. He is committed to providing a bespoke and professional service to his clients at all times, whilst maintaining the highest quality product. Follow Ben on LinkedIn.