Choosing ‘Green' Hardwood from Noble Floors

Comfort, lasting value, durability, and natural beauty are common reasons people choose hardwood floors. Some people are not aware of how environmentally friendly some hardwood is. The growing awareness of how waste build-up and energy consumption impacts our planet, makes choosing some hardwood not only a beautiful choice, but one that is considered ‘green.' Manufacturers are taking steps to reduce carbon footprints in the processes of harvest, manufacture, transport and installation of hardwood.

When considering whether or not hardwood is an environmentally conscious choice for a business or home, determine if engineered or solid construction is the best choice for the area of installation.
 
 
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Solid hardwood

Solid hardwood planks and strips come from solid wood pieces. There are several methods used to saw solid hardwood. The standard method uses a plain saw. Planks with superior stability are created when quarter sawn. The most stable hardwood planks are the rift sawn planks. ‘Stable' refers to how well these planks stand up to changes in temperature and humidity.

Engineered hardwood

Engineered hardwood floors consist of piles. They are layers of wood that are glued together with a veneer on top. There are two commonly engineered constructions. They are multi-ply and three-ply. Using adhesives containing formaldehyde in making engineered hardwood has become a concern. Formaldehyde is a possible carcinogen. Responsible manufacturers use formaldehyde-free adhesives having low volatile organic compounds.

Making the right hardwood choice

At times, engineered hardwood is the best choice. Others times, solid hardwood is preferred. Lifestyle and area of installation are factors to be considered. Wood naturally expands and contracts with temperature and humidity changes. Three-ply and multi-ply hardwood made from stable species of wood are more resistant to contractions and expansion than others. It is safer to install these products in areas like basements. Areas, with concrete, experience moisture emissions. Manufacturer recommendations for these areas include using a moisture barrier and having concrete tested for acceptable moisture emissions.

The lifecycle of hardwood is not always environmental friendly. Different factors affect how green hardwood is. The lifecycle helps determine the carbon footprint of a floor. All hardwood floors have a carbon footprint. From harvest to installation, greenhouse gases are emitted into the air. The volume of gases is what the term ‘carbon footprint' refers to.
Noble Floors ends the myth that eco-friendly hardwood is more expensive and less attractive. Many fair-priced and beautiful green hardwood floor options are available. Customers from Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, and Mesa, AZ may be contemplating purchasing ‘green' hardwood without knowing it.
 
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