If you don't already have hardwood floors in your home, chances are you want them. They can transform any room, but are they worth the cost? I'm not just talking about the cost as in money but the cost to the environment. We are literally chopping down tree's for our floors, so is it worth it?
Here is what the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has to say about it:
"Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable flooring material available. Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest wood without any serious impact on the environment, because trees are a renewable resource that can be regrown time and time again."
Wood flooring is the most environmentally friendly flooring option available. Through sustainable forest management, wood can be harvested with minimal impact on the environment because trees are a renewable natural resource. According to the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service, for every cubic foot of hardwood harvested in the US, 1.66 cubic feet regrows in its place. This has resulted in a 90% increase in standing hardwood volume in the US since 1953, which currently is about 328 billion cubic feet.
In addition, because wood floors can last hundreds of years, they use fewer raw materials, energy and natural resources than other flooring options (carpet, laminate, etc). There are much more eco-friendly, low VOC options available for wood floors whereas any other material is manufactured. Wood is all natural, and you can put all natural products on it too.
Now on to the cost, it is most likely the most expensive option out there in comparison to carpet or laminate. Some engineered wood floors (that you can't sand) are cheaper as well. But what about the long term costs? You spill wine on your carpet, your pets urinate on it constantly, your kids spill juice. What can you do after cleaning it doesn't get the stains out? Replace it. For laminate and prefinished engineered floors, you can't sand them. If you damage it, you have to replace it. If you don't have extra material to fix broken or damaged boards, you would have to pay someone to tear it all out, buy more material, and install said new material. The long term investment into a solid wood floor is by far the cheapest option because you never have to replace it. You may have to resand it in 15-20 years, but that investment is nothing compared to having to replace your floor a few times with other flooring options.
I may be biased because wood floors is what we do, but the long term benefits of having hardwood floors both environmentally and financially far outweigh the competition. Not only that, but they are more beautiful and you can customize it to your taste.
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