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Recycled Hardwood Flooring

By Kirsten Kapsin, (225 words) Posted in Green Flooring on January 15, 2009
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Hardwood is not often regarded as a green flooring material as it's usually sourced using deforestation. Nonetheless, some manufacturers are now using hardwood that is harvested from FSC-certified forests. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council, an organization that promotes responsible forestry practices. In addition, hardwood floors can be recycled at the end of their useful lives and used for other purposes.

Recycled hardwood floors, or hardwood floors made from reclaimed lumber, is another green option in terms of flooring. Hardwood floors can be made out of unused lumber found in desolated barns, wine barrels and buildings. Recycled hardwood can also be sourced from the bottom of rivers and lakes.

There are many benefits to purchasing recycled hardwood. Often times recycled hardwood floors are stronger than hardwood made with new materials as they've had a longer time to expand and contract in varying environments. However, they can also be more expensive, as some of the wood types that can be retrieved by means of reclamation are no longer available for new flooring.

Recycled hardwood that's used for flooring often has unique characteristics and markings. Wood that has been sourced (reclaimed) using responsible practices is usually certified by the SmartWood program. Learn more about hardwood by reading some of the most commonly asked questions in the hardwood flooring FAQ section.

 

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I would like to add that there is also a new hardwood that is recycled from rips and glued back withnon toxic glue and remilled to create a beautiful and more resilient floor in 5"and 7"widths in 23 species. The new product is called Staybull Flooring and saves rips from going to a landfill with FSC certified material also available.

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