Hardwood adds a lot of elegance to a home. This flooring is more than just a purchase, it’s an investment. It not only adds value to your home but lasts for years and fits into any decor.

What you may not know, however, is it's also one of the most environmentally friendly products around. Four things make a product "green," including manufacturing, environmental impact, materials from natural resources and ability to recycle.

Of all the sustainable flooring materials, hardwood is the most durable.

Loved by Mother Nature

Trees are sustainably harvested and renewable, and government regulations keep it that way. One of the government rules is that so many trees have to be planted just to replace the one that has been cut down.

That rule about regular replanting eliminates the concern of deforestation. When guidelines are followed, the supply will last for at least 100 years.

Eco-friendly manufacturing

Hardwood might come from the store, but this flooring is all-natural, with no chemicals, glues or adhesives used to add any toxicity. If you want to keep your polish eco-friendly as well, add ¼ cup olive oil and ⅓ cup white vinegar to five (5) cups of water.

Please know that something can be made-made but still non-toxic. It depends upon the materials used and they can be certified, or meet the criterion, of environmental groups.

Improved indoor air quality

Trees have a low carbon footprint, because they take in carbon dioxide while producing energy, so it all evens out.

Recycle and Reuse

Since wood floors can last for decades, there are little or no replacement costs. When there is structural damage, such as from termites, that do require replacement, the wood is reused. A good example of this is reclaimed wood.

How to make sure it’s eco-friendly

As with anything, there will always be some who don't follow guidelines and regulations. Work with a company that values environmental protection and is committed to them.

One good way to check to see if the hardwood manufacturer has certification from groups, such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) the Forest Stewardship Council or Greenguard. Be sure to inquire about this to your flooring retailer.

For more information, visit A&D Carpets & Hardwood showroom in Augusta, GA. We service all the surrounding areas. Be sure to ask about our estimates.