Wood Flooring: Healthy, Valuable and Sustainable

When thinking about making a change to your house’s floor it can be a difficult decision with so many choices available to you. Carpet, tile, linoleum, and wood are difficult to sort through. What are the benefits of each, which one will look the best, which one is the best for me and my house? In this series of articles we will be looking at the benefits of each flooring in order to help you make the best decision. Today we will be talking about wood flooring. Why is wood flooring a great choice? First and foremost is the affordable cost of wood. Not only is wood a life long product, wood flooring can increase the value of a house by 20%! Long lasting, affordable and value increasing are strong points in favor of wood.

Wood is also relatively easy to maintain. Some sweeping and some occasional vacuuming is usually all you need. Of course areas of high usage (like the entrance to your house) may see a lot of wear, so you will probably want to help product those areas with some type of protection, like a welcome mat. And before you think that is a con with wood flooring consider this, only tile of all the flooring choices is resilient to high traffic areas. Personally though, we enjoy stepping on something warm when we wake up.

Some of the strongest points about wood flooring is that it is ecologically sound. Wood does not permanently change the face of a landscape like tile and it does not require the vast amount of chemicals carpet and linoleum require. Wood is a replenishable source and because of modern logging laws, companies can no longer “clear-cut” an area. Logging companies must sustainably harvest wood and according to the U.S. Force Service, nearly twice as much timber is added every year through new growth as is harvested every year. The consequences to environment are as minimal as they have ever been.

Wood is also a great choice because it promotes a healthy living environment. According to the EPA (environmental protection agency) indoor air quality is a top health threat in homes. Wood doesn’t trap dust mites or mold. Floors are a step to improving your air quality, especially those with allergies. Another benefit of wooden floors is their resiliency to pesticides and other chemicals that can accumulate in your house. A recent EPA study showed that pesticides used in gardens and homes do not accumulate on wood floors to the degree on which they do on synthetic surfaces (like carpet).

When thinking about how to redo your housing floor, think about wood flooring and the benefits it can add to you and your house. Its ability to increase the value of your house and its environmentally safe status are good enough reason alone.