When it comes to eco-friendly flooring, your first thought may not be hardwood flooring. But the truth is, when it comes to furnishing your home with environmentally responsible items, hardwood floors can be a great option.
The Environmental Advantages of Hardwood Floors
There are a number of ways that hardwood floors are eco-friendly — especially when compared to carpet.
Hardwood floors are meant to last a very, very long time. Once you put them down, especially when maintained and properly cared for, they’re built to last as long as your house itself! Carpet on the other hand wears down, is easily stained, and is a minefield for dirt and germs. Carpet will need to be replaced many, many more times over the lifetime of your house than hardwood floors will.
Hardwood floors are made from a sustainable resource — meaning it comes from items that can be replaced. More than 99 percent of carpets made in the U.S. Carpet industry are synthetic and made from unnatural products that use plastic and a host of potentially harmful chemicals. The materials used to make hardwood floors, on the other hand, are natural — and the resources used can be replaced via reforestation and responsible harvesting. Some faster-growing types of wood like bamboo or cork offer even more eco-friendly flooring options.
Your Family’s Health
The chemicals used to manufacture synthetic carpet can cause eye irritation, headaches, nausea and can even aggravate asthma or cause nervous system disorders. What’s more, carpets can emit these chemicals for five or more years after installation — up until it’s time to replace them and start the process all over again. There are natural, more eco-friendly carpets out there, but you’re going to pay a high premium for them, and they’ll suffer the same durability issues of synthetic carpet.
Get More Information About Hardwood Flooring
If you’re looking to make an eco-friendly flooring upgrade in your home, Totta Hardwood Flooring has hardwood flooring solutions for every household, and we can teach you how to care for and maintain them for as long as you live in your house.
If you’d like more information about Totta Hardwood Flooring, give us a call at 816-507-5281, or use our web submission form.