Remodeling Tips and Reviews

Green Hardwood Floors

We installing a new hardwood floor you want something that is attractive but you also want to be green in your decision making process. Installing off the shelf processed hardwoods that come from a mill where the tree was cut down is not the green answer. There are other alternatives.

green hardwood flooring options

One of the best ways to get a unique look is to install reclaimed old hardwood floors that have been salvaged out of another home. These hardwoods are available in pine, white oak, read oak, and sometimes more exotic woods local to your area. You just have to know where to find them. Check your local salvage yards. These hardwoods also have the advantage of being less expensive. They usually cost about 2/3 the price of new flooring. When you install these you need to be aware that they will have stains and discolorations in them. They will not look brand new, but will have a nice patina after they have been refinished.

Another more expensive option is to purchase remilled wood that has been reclaimed from a previous building. This involves a mill planing the old wood and re purposing it for floors. While not quite as green as reclaimed hardwoods it is still a great alternative.

bamboo flooring

If you are looking for new flooring then we suggest you look into renewable flooring. The most popular choice in this category is bamboo. It is a very hardy wood and looks great in today’s modern homes. It is available in several colors and comes from a completely renewable resource. You may also want to look at wood products that come from a certified well-managed forest according to the rules of the Forest Stewardship Council. Companies that properly manage their forest can become certified.