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Q: Doesn't wood flooring contribute to deforestation?
A: Wood is a natural resource, renewable and recyclable. Buildings,
barns, ships and other structures made of wood often find a second life
in wood flooring, cabinets, walls, and ceilings. More and more wood
flooring produced today comes from managed forests. Additionally, engineered
flooring, which uses only 20-30% as much fine grade wood as a solid
floor, now has about 40% of the market. Engineered flooring implies
a more ecologically smart use of raw material; by using more than one
type of wood, a lesser burden is placed on hardwood trees like oak and
A new wood floor should outlast carpeting by a factor
of 3-6 times, i.e. the wood flooring costs less than the cumulative
cost of all the carpeting one would have installed, not to mention the
pollution from manufacturing carpet.
Q: Are there any health concerns related to wood
A: Leading allergists agree that wood floors are the perfect
choice for a healthy home. Wood floors are easy to clean and will not
harbor dust mites or mold. We spend 90% of our time indoors with our
floors. Clean floors are a must because researchers believe a microscopic
insect-the dust mite-could be responsible for asthma's rising tide.
Wood floors in your bedroom and other main living areas can improve
air quality according to the American Lung Association. A large American
company that recycles old carpeting has stated that most used carpeting
it receives for processing contains at least 35% of its weight in household