Little Known Facts About Hardwood Floors - And Why They Matter.
Hardwood floors are non-toxic and trap no allergens such as mold spores and dust like the carpet and fabric in you homes. Simple maintenance – dust mopping, sweeping or vacuuming – will keep hardwood floors looking great and allergen-free. We recomend Bona products for use on your wood floors.
Hardwood floors are known for their natural beauty, but when selecting a type of wood for your home, it is important to also consider the level of durability by understanding the difference between wood types. Each type and species of wood has an individual cellular structure that creates unique physical properties that determine suitability for different uses. Oak has been used for many years and proven it resiliency over and over. See the beauty of the Anderson Oak floor below.
A solid hardwood floor will provide decades of extraordinary beauty, durable service and flexibility. A solid hardwood floor can last up to 125 years or longer with several refinishings. They can be refinished for changing tastes or excessive wear. Take a look at our last blog for an example of a hardwood floor in a historic home in Guthrie, OK.
When considering a particular hardwood species, pay attention to its hardness rating scale, referred to as the Janka Scale. For high traffic areas, consider Oak, Maple, Cherry and Ash, species with higher hardness ratings. Below is an engineered floor of Cherry by Bella Cera.
For the eco-friendly consumer it is important to know U.S. hardwoods are an all-natural, carbon-negative material. They have no emissions for methane, nitrogen oxides and other particulate matter and they are homegrown. Being regionally sourced further minimizes their carbon footprint. That after their long useful life when they end in a landfill, hardwoods naturally decay and return to nature, unlike many synthetics and plastics which will remain almost indefinitely.
Today's busy and environmentally responsible consumer want information - accurate information. Below is a quote from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
- Formaldehyde is present in many consumer products, including composite wood products used in flooring, cabinets and furniture; wood floor and wall finishes; and is produced by combustion sources such as gas stoves and wood burning fireplaces. Laminate wood flooring is likely to contain some formaldehyde. However, formaldehyde emissions from these products have been reduced 80-90% from levels in the 1980’s and earlier due to mandatory formaldehyde emission standards in California (the CARB standards) and national voluntary formaldehyde emission standards (criteria established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)). In addition, formaldehyde emissions are highest when products are new and diminish over time so the longer a product has been in place, the lower the levels of formaldehyde likely to be emitted.
It is important to look at the products you are buying and to understand that there are many thing in your home that can affect your indoor air quality. For more information you can see the How Healthy Is The Air In Your Home? publication on the EPA site