March 23, 2007
Sustainable Hardwood Floor Options
by Alison Rogers
Hardwood flooring has long been a popular choice among homeowners.
It's beautiful, easy to clean, and unlike carpet, doesn't harbor
harmful chemicals, dirt or dust mites that can affect indoor air
quality. Properly installed, high-quality hardwood floors can last for
decades, and even add value to a home.
If you're considering a new hardwood floor, but want to stay true to
your earth-friendly ideals, you're in luck -- there's a long list of
sustainable hardwood flooring products to choose from. We've assembled
a few to get you started. Keep reading for a list of companies that
Certified Wood Flooring
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a nonprofit group that
promotes environmentally responsible forestry practices. Companies can
offer peace of mind to consumers by displaying the FSC's stamp of
approval, which is awarded by third-party organizations that ensure
certain stewardship standards have been met.
You don't have to sacrifice your options when you choose responsibly.
A wide range of flooring woods come with the FSC stamp, including
cherry, maple, birch, ash, Douglas fir, oak and more.
Reclaimed Wood Flooring
As the name implies, timber salvaged from old buildings, river
bottoms, or even trees removed from urban settings can become your new
hardwood floor. The finished product can have either a like-new or
antique appearance, and comes in a variety of lengths and widths.
Availability can be unpredictable, so plan as far in advance as
Suppressed Wood Flooring
From time to time, a forest can become overly dense, resulting in
disease and fire susceptibility. Small trees in the forest's
understory are the casualties of the unavoidable thinning-out process,
but there's good news: They make excellent hardwood floors.
Less Expensive Wood Flooring
Some softwoods, such as pine or spruce, also make excellent lower-cost
floors. To learn more about choosing and installing softwood floors,
Once you've chosen the perfect wood floor, don't reverse your efforts
to lessen your home's impact on the Earth by using toxic finishes and
adhesives during the installation process. Water-based products are
less energy-intensive to manufacture, less polluting when disposed of,
and less threatening to indoor air quality.
Where to find:
Dwight Lewis Lumber/Lewis Lumber Products
Picture Rocks, Pa.
www.lewislp.com ( http://www.lewislp.com/ )
Cascadia Forest Goods, LLC
www.cascadiaforestgoods.com ( http://www.cascadiaforestgoods.com/ )
Plaza Hardwood, Inc.
Santa Fe, N.M.
www.plzfloor.com ( http://www.plzfloor.com/ )
Tembec, Inc., Huntsville Division
Hunstville, ON, Canada
www.muskokaflooring.com ( http://www.muskokaflooring.com/ )
www.citilogs.com ( http://www.citilogs.com/ )
Elmwood Reclaimed Timber
Kansas City, Mo.
www.vintagetimber.com ( http://www.vintagetimber.com/ )
Big Timberworks, Inc.
Gallatin Gateway, Mont.
Vintage Material Supply
Green Mountain Woodworks
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