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Engineered Hardwood Flooring: The Sustainable Choice

These days, it's becoming increasingly common for consumers to factor environmental concerns into their purchasing choices. This environmental concern extends to nearly every facet of our daily lives, and flooring is by no means an exception.

At Wholesale Flooring and Granite, we know that many of our customers have environmental concerns at the top of their minds, and we want to help these customers find the most sustainable, ecologically sane flooring option possible. With this notion in mind, we would like to talk a little bit about engineered hardwood flooring, and why it is considered one of the most sustainable flooring options available on the market today. So, what makes engineered hardwood flooring so eco-friendly? Let's have a look!

Engineered Hardwood is Carbon Neutral

Engineered hardwood is considered a carbon neutral product, because trees used for the production of engineered hardwood come from managed forests that are constantly renewed when trees are felled. This is important, because younger trees have a higher capacity for carbon absorption than older trees. This means that managed forests are operating at peak efficiency where carbon absorption is concerned, because the older, lower performance trees are removed to make way for younger, more carbon absorbent ones.

In addition to this fact, the carbon that has been absorbed by trees used to produce engineered hardwood remains trapped in the flooring throughout the service life of the floor, instead of being released into the atmosphere. This incredible one-two punch of carbon absorption makes engineered hardwood a serious contender for the title of the most eco-friendly flooring option.

Engineered Hardwood Uses Less to Make More

One of the great things about engineered hardwood is that it uses less wood than natural hardwood, and even utilizes lumber mill by-products like sawdust that might otherwise have been wasted, or worse, incinerated! It also takes less water to produce engineered hardwood than most other flooring materials.

The visible wear layer of engineered hardwood flooring uses a fraction of the amount of wood required for a solid plank, which means fewer trees being cut down, but also less wasted material. In addition to this, the base of the flooring is mostly made from lumber mill byproducts like sawdust and wood pulp, which would otherwise have contributed to CO2 in the air when incinerated.

Learn More!

Beyond the environmental benefits of engineered hardwood, there are many practical qualities of engineered hardwood flooring too numerous to mention here. If you live in the Baton Rouge area and are interested in learning more about this amazing flooring material, Wholesale Flooring and Granite would love to help you out! Just call, email, or stop by at our showroom in Baton Rouge, where our experienced, courteous staff will answer all of your questions and show you everything that the world of engineered hardwood flooring has to offer.