October 30, 2008

Go Green with Flooring - Use Local or Reclaimed Wood

When people think of green flooring, they think bamboo. Think Again!

If you are considering bamboo flooring, don't automatically assume that bamboo is the environmental winner. The fossil-fuel emissions caused when transporting bamboo from Asia to the United States is NOT environmentally friendly. Neither are the pesticides and fertilizers used by bamboo growers who are trying to speed growth while the "bamboo is green" motto is popular. Also, research the bamboo flooring factory to avoid health risks associated with flooring made with glues that contain high levels of formaldehyde.

Find a U.S. source for your hardwood flooring. Ask where they get their raw lumber used to mill the flooring. Most companies have a responsible logging policy, meaning they are being environmentally-friendly.

Or, consider purchasing your flooring from a manufacturer who mills flooring from reclaimed wood. Reclaimed means it is salvaged from antiquated buildings that no longer have value as a building. The antique, reclaimed wood provides the making for beautiful reclaimed wood flooring and paneling for your home. It has distinguishing authentic nail holes, markings, and patina that tell its life story.

Hardwood flooring is a big investment. Do your research so you are sure to get the best flooring for your home.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reclaimed wood idea. I'm looking for something that is unusual and I think this might be it. Great resources, thanks.

CatDogFish said...

I've heard so much about bamboo and never really thought about the transportation issues. Besides, that reclaimed wood flooring you linked to is BEAUTIFUL! I already have hardwood flooring in my house, but will check into using reclaimed wood for a small 3-season room I still need to finish. Thanks for bringing attention to this great-looking and "green" flooring product.