When it comes to home improvement, you have many option […]
When it comes to home improvement, you have many options, including wanting the project to be environmentally friendly. One of the biggest impacts you can have on the eco-friendliness of your decoration is to consider using hardwood floors. Wood is a renewable resource It seems obvious, but unlike other materials used for flooring, wood comes from one of the most renewable resources on the planet. Hardwood floors are not padded with boring earth or oil as plastic on carpets, but are made of trees or even bamboo. Obviously, some tree species grow much faster than others, making them a more viable source of wood flooring, while some farms are only involved in sustainable growth and harvesting methods, making their wood more ecologically conscious. To ensure that your wood continues to grow, ask your contractor for Forest Management Board certification or LEED certification. Careful chemical finishing For certain types of flooring, the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) are a real issue. VOC was originally used as a chemical (such as formaldehyde) to preserve and modify floors. These chemicals have low boiling points, which causes them to evaporate at room temperature.
These vapors have been shown to be toxic to humans and the environment, and have even been shown to promote canceration. Carpets are notorious for containing volatile organic compounds, but if you choose a floor that is not continuously treated, your family may be at risk of exposure to volatile organic compounds. Choose wisely. Don't expose your family to volatile organic compounds. Instead, require flooring with low-water or non-volatile organic compound coatings. Low VOC or VOC-free topcoats are more environmentally friendly because they do not emit harmful VOC gases (such as formaldehyde) into the environment and can ensure that the wood contains fewer chemicals, so they can be reworked later use. Wood is reusable and recyclable recycled wood (previously used wood) can be reused for a variety of different projects, including but not limited to furniture, decks, and even new floors. Once the wood is no longer used as recycled wood, it can be further reused / recycled as a cover, animal litter, pressed wood or any of many other wood products. If your hardwood floors are no longer as viable as floors, then you will know that they can continue to help the planet instead of being thrown into the dump. Throughout the life cycle, sustainably sourced hardwood floors and surface treatments with low or no VOC help make our world healthier. Discuss the environmentally friendly options for hardwood flooring with your flooring supplier immediately.