Most people are concerned about the state of the environment these days and the way that we have managed to create so many serious problems. These cannot be fixed overnight but taking small steps is good sign that we wish to try and repair the damage we have caused. Something like installing a solid oak wood floor or other type of solid wooden flooring is a good step in the right direction.
Why using real wood is good for the environment
The environmental benefits of choosing real wood are indisputable. Far less energy is consumed in timber production, processing and disposal, than with any other construction material. Also, after each wood harvest, the forests are replanted for the next generation. Today, because the popularity of solid wood floors has grown, so too has the commitment to cultivation. Many more trees are grown than are currently harvested, so increased demand has had a positive effect on the environment.
It encourages the planting of more trees
The more trees we use, the more we plant, because virtually all of the European wood that is used is sourced from managed forests. ‘Harvesting’ creates space for new growth – and this often happens at a rate of two trees planted for every one felled.
Wood is completely recyclable. In fact, it’s can be used in three different stages. Firstly, it is used to create a product. Secondly, the product itself can be recycled, and thirdly, it can be used for energy generation. No other renewable material can equal this, in terms of volume and economy.
It replaces carbon-hungry alternatives
Not only is the production and processing of wood highly energy-efficient, giving wood products an ultra-low carbon footprint, but wood can often be used to substitute materials like steel, aluminium, concrete or plastics, which require large amounts of energy during production.
Reduces greenhouse gases
The ‘carbon sink’ effect of wood products such as solid wooden floors has a significant role to play in reducing greenhouse gases. Increasing the use of wood products still further will continue to reduce the negative effect in the atmosphere.
I have a friend who is the manager at a solid wood flooring company and he often says that he is surprised by the way that so many people enquire about the environmental benefits of choosing a solid wood floor over another kind. He says that although most people tend to go for a solid oak wood floor for other reasons such as the appearance, the durability, the warmth and the fact that it will be an investment, the environmental benefits will often sway them too.
Solid wooden flooring is just one option if you want a wooden floor and there are other types available which are not as expensive. These will give you the appearance of a solid wood floor but you will not have all the other benefits that you get with the real thing, such as the durability and the way that it is an investment.