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Green Facts About Hardwoods

2/13/2012 -- As a natural resource that has been used for thousands of years, the sustainability of hardwood as a floor covering solution leaves little doubt. The following facts are a few of the numerous qualities that make wood flooring one of the more environmentally friendly interior decorating products.

Wood floors are durable. While much depends on the hardness of the species, quality of installation and proper maintenance, today's wood floors should last as long as needed for the customer.

Wood floors have a near endless supply of raw materials. Thanks to mandated programs that require trees to be replanted to replace those that are harvested for flooring, there exists a near endless supply of wood flooring, making it a highly renewable resource.

Wood floors are renewable. Because of their sustainable features, wood floors rarely see a landfill. Instead, many wood products can be resurfaced and used numerous times before the end of their useful life.

Wood is LEED friendly. Because wood is found nearly everywhere and many of the sawmills and factories are close by, specifying wood flooring promotes the acquisition of additional credits and/or points for location proximity in the USGBC and LEED green rating systems.

A popular trend in wood flooring is the use of reclaimed materials - timbers, beams and other wood items that are no longer functional in their original state can be milled into flooring. A successful hardwood flooring project requires the work of a skilled floor covering expert who is trained specifically in hardwood flooring installation. INSTALL trains its mechanic specifically to work with hardwoods, and often partners with hardwood manufacturers to continue training in the latest products, tools, and installation methods. To find contractors with that type of manpower, click here.

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