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Is hardwood flooring eco-friendly?

Hardwood flooring in Cheshire and Wirral homes is a great way to transform a room and add value to the property, but is this type of flooring good for the environment?

Assessing the eco-credentials of wood flooring is complex, as flooring expert Ed Grant explains:

“From how it’s grown or made to how it’s transported, how it’s installed, how it’s maintained and how it’s disposed of at the end of life. To get to an answer you need to carry out a Life Cycle Analysis.”

Wood is eco-friendly if it is harvested from a sustainable forest where one or more trees are planted for every one cut down. Choose wood that is certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

Hardwood flooring lasts a long time and, if worn, can be sanded to restore the floor to a like-new condition. Damaged planks can be replaced which saves replacing the whole floor. At the end of a floor’s life, the wood can be recycled.

Processing wood planks and drying wood is energy-intensive, but many manufacturers are using alternative energy sources, including power plants that burn waste wood. Meanwhile, hardwood floors have a naturally smooth flooring surface that doesn’t trap mites or dust which affects allergy sufferers.

A less expensive alternative to hardwood is engineered wood, which has a real wood top layer. Engineered wood that has layers of sustainably sourced plywood offers an eco-friendly type of floor covering.

For households who want their homes to be more eco-friendly, wood is an all-round good choice of flooring.

 

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