How Environmentally Friendly Are Hardwood Floors?

One of the most common questions we get here at Signature Hardwood Floors is the impact purchasing a hardwood floor may have on the environment. As flooring experts, we work with our customers to make sure that they have the wood floor of their dreams that are ethically sourced.

First, a few quick facts on why hardwood floors make for better options than carpets when it comes to your in-home environmental quality. Installing new carpet can fill the air in your home with hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs may take years to dissipate, and introduce a whole new set of chemicals to your home through carpet treatments that are meant to repel things such as moths, moisture, or dirt. Carpets can add further toxic fumes by trapping chemicals that are brought in from outside, further adding to the air pollution in your home. Also, carpets are often made of synthetic materials, which is not necessarily organic or environmentally friendly.

The good news is hardwood floors are typically organic in nature. When thinking about your hardwood flooring type, there are a few things to take into consideration:

  • Engineered wood flooring is the best option from a resource conservation perspective. The more rare and valuable hardwoods are used in smaller quantities for the veneer, while the bulk of the material comes from fast-growing plantation trees.
  • Reclaimed wood is a popular option as it is the very practice of recycling and helps keep valuable materials out of landfills while reducing pressure to harvest trees.
  • If going the solid wood route, you may want to look into wood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, though it may be a more expensive option.

Another thing you can do to keep your floors and home environmentally friendly is request the use of a wood-flooring adhesive that has less than 100 grams per liter of VOCs. Keeping those potentially toxic chemicals out of your home will go a long way to purifying the air quality and safety for you and your loved ones.


To learn more about environmentally friendly hardwood floor installation in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas, call 410.415.0755 or click here today!



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