It’s a heartening fact that wood flooring is the most sustainable choice when considering floor options, so it’s a good place to start if environmentally sound decisions are at the top of mind.
“Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber is planted at a faster rate than it's used,” Freedom Flooring’s Brenda Boyer says. “During the growth period of a tree, it will absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen, which is why wood is carbon neutral, and remains so even after it has been harvested.
“Then there is the life of the floor. Not only will a timber floor last hundreds of years, but when it finally comes to the end of its life, it can be burnt for fuel or recycled.”
Apart from the sustainable properties of timber when considering flooring, there are various other things to consider when making a flooring choice. “You’ll want to think first about the traffic volume: is your home quiet or bursting with young kids and pets. These are things that will affect what kind of timber you want to invest in long term,” Brenda says.