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Sustainable Hardwood Floors for Your Colorado Home

July 27, 2016

The beauty of hardwood floors is timeless! Wood building materials are some of the most environmentally friendly resources available. Any hardwood floor showroom will offer a wide variety of sustainable woods. Many of the most sustainable and eco-friendly, such as bamboo have become very popular in recent years with growing concern over climate change and our disappearing rainforests. Any hardwood floor showroom is likely to carry a wide variety of these green materials. We also carry several wood flooring options that don’t just have a small environmental footprint, they have no footprint because they are reclaimed from structures that were torn down or remodeled with other materials. Our hardwood experts at Ward Hardwood Flooring can go over many options with you including using reclaimed wood for floors and wood accents.

Environmental Benefits
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the Values of Trees to a Community cannot be overstated. The U.S. Department of agriculture estimates that one acre of trees can absorb 6 tons of carbon dioxide and produce 4 tons of oxygen annually. This is enough oxygen for 18 people. Trees also help regulate climate and water usage as well as provide homes for a wide array of birds, animals, insects, and other plants. Diminishing natural resources and deforestation are two of the most important environmental concerns today. Builders are moving to using more sustainable materials, but nothing is more environmentally friendly than keeping building supplies out of the landfill and giving them renewed life in a new structure. Wood from mature trees is often required for flooring or other building projects. The more mature trees we can leave in the ground, the greater the long-term environmental benefits.

Building Benefits
Reclaimed wood is often more durable than recently harvested stock. It has likely been in used for decades, if not centuries, allowing it to expand, contract, and fully dry out. This makes it less prone to splitting or warping. As wood ages, its grain also becomes denser, making it more stable. Wood harvested from antique buildings was likely obtained from virgin timber of a quality that is no longer available today. Not only is it beautiful, this is also some of the most cost effective flooring on the market today.

Style Benefits
Reclaimed wood is likely to give your home or business a distinct flavor that is both old world and chic at the same time. Many materials are no longer available today because they have been over-harvested and take too long to grow to be sustainable. Each plank has its own character and story to tell with depth and character unlike any you would be able to find in a lumber yard today.

Our inventory of reclaimed wood is some of the finest in the state. Our woods score very highly on the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) scale and are guaranteed to last a lifetime as well as turn heads. We have flooring and wood accents to add charm and distinction to any home or work space. Call us at 303-674-6966 to set up a design consultation today!