Here is an interesting conundrum for you:  Should installing Wood Flooring be considered an Environmentally Friendly decision, or an attack on the Environment?  In other words, is Wood Flooring a conscientious decision on your part regarding New Flooring?

Wood Flooring actually might prove to be a sound choice for those concerned about the Environment. What is wood flooring and how might it be “friendly” to use it? Lumber from sustainable sources; natural beauty and durability without the guilt. Choices in environmentally friendly flooring range from certified lumber harvested under Forest Stewardship Council guidelines to recycled and engineered wood. What makes it green: FSC certification, which tracks lumber from sustainable harvested sources. Recycling: Re-purposed wood comes from such sources as old barns, wine tanks, or trestles. Technology: Engineered flooring maximizes supplies by bonding veneers on a plywood base.

There are several aspects about Wood as New Flooring that supports this thought, including:
•    As a “renewable” source, trees can be replaced again and again.
•    Wood Floors provide a better Indoor Air Quality.
•    Producing oxygen as it grows makes Wood a carbon neutral product.
•    Wood stores carbon during the course of its service life.
•    Wood Floors tend to use less water and energy to produce New Flooring than many other New Flooring options.
•    If replaced, Wood Flooring can be recycled.
•    Due to their longevity, Wood Floors don’t have to be replaced as often.
•    The “Turn Around Cycle” for growing trees is a positive one – – it takes less time to re-grow the trees than the time that those trees need to be replaced.

barn wood flooring

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One fact that many, and maybe even most, people are unaware of is the fact that Wood as New Flooring falls well within the standards for formaldehyde levels prescribed by CARB phase I and phase II.
Another interesting fact is that the ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA suggests that those with allergies to dust and other particulates opt for flooring with smooth surfaces such as hardwood.

An important issue in regard to Wood as New Flooring is the fact that many Wood Floors are actually recreated from Reclaimed Wood.  The sources of this Reclaimed Wood includes, but are not limited to:
•    Old barns or warehouses
•    Boxcars
•    Coal Mines
•    Wine Barrels

WOOD AS NEW FLOORING is something you may very well need to give serious thought to if, in fact, you are Environmentally Conscious.  To learn more about this you will want to contact Chris Brown of BRANDI CARPET at 602-475-0931 or info@brandicarpet.com and he and his staff will provide you with all the pertinent information you will need regarding this issue!!

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