Hardwood floors deplete forests, right? It’s wrong! Many believe this myth, but the facts prove it wrong. Wood is a renewable resource and according to the USDA Forest Service, harvesting trees has “minimal environmental impact.” They report that for every cubic foot of trees harvested, 1.66 cubic feet are regrown. While it is true that trees take decades to mature, the tree inventory planted today will not be used for more than 100 years.
The U.S. inventory of standing hardwood has increased by more than 90% since 1953 and currently stands at 328 billion cubic yards. What are the environmental benefits of hardwood floors? These are just a few of the many environmental benefits that hardwood floors offer.
CARBON NEUTRAL IS WOOD
While wood grows, it produces oxygen and stores carbon. Wood can be used as lumber to build homes or furniture, as well as flooring. Hardwood flooring also emits minimal carbon dioxide and does not emit any other particulates that contributes to global warming, such as methane or nitrogen oxide. Wood flooring requires less water and energy to make than other types of flooring.
Wood floors last longer
The National Association of Home Builders states that hardwood flooring is more durable than other types of flooring and can last for hundreds of years. Hardwood flooring can also be used to make fuel and other useful products at the end.
BETTER INDOOR AIR QUALITY
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality is much better with hardwood floors. This is echoed the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (“AAFA”), who claim that hardwood floors are an “ideal option for people with asthma and allergies.”
Hardwood flooring is America’s favorite flooring choice. It has so many benefits, including its beauty and warmth.
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