Hardwood floors are a timeless and classic flooring choice. Not only are they long-lasting, durable and look stylish in any home, they are also one of the most eco-friendly and sustainable flooring options available on the market.
What does sustainability mean?
Being sustainable means being able to meet your own needs without compromising future generations to be able to meet their needs.
What makes hardwood flooring sustainable?
Greyspace Flooring recognise the importance of sustainability, which is why we source and use sustainable wood for our hardwood flooring, that is FSC Certified.
Sustainable wood is sourced from sustainable forests. Forest stewards are the caretakers of these forests and they grow, harvest and process its wood, ensuring in the process the landscape is kept intact and its ecosystem remains healthy for both plants and wildlife.
Hardwood flooring, is one of the most durable and sustainable flooring options on the market and with the correct maintenance and care, hardwood flooring can last for well over a century, unlike laminate flooring and carpets which have an average life span of 10-15 years.
Real wood flooring does not show the everyday wear and tear like many of the other alternative flooring options. And when it comes to the cost, even though laminate and carpet does come up less expensive than hardwood flooring, just remember this, hardwood floors should last you a lifetime, saving you money in the long run.
If hardwood flooring ever does becomes damaged, or you move into a property that already has hardwood flooring installed and wanted to bring it back to life, it can be re-sanded and refinished over and over again and it will look like new. When wood flooring is re-stored, it will look just like the day it did when it was originally installed. Being able to refinish your flooring rather than completely replace, means it has a lower carbon footprint than alternative cheaper flooring options.
A more eco-friendly manufacturing process.
Wood is one of the flooring options that is earth-friendly and uses the least amount of energy to produce and manufacturer. Alternative flooring options such as laminate, vinyl and carpets use much more energy to produce and manufacturer, with a high number of different chemicals being used to produce the final results and a lot of waste.
Around 99% of each harvested tree is used in the production and manufacturing of wood and very little waste is left over from it. A high majority of the waste produced from harvesting trees, is used for other manufacturing purposes such as paper production.