Environmental Benefits of Using Solid Oak Flooring
More and more, people are researching the products that they buy for their home to see the impact that they have on the environment and to make sure that they are buying responsibly to protect the world that we live in as much as possible.
When we talk about “environmental benefits”, we are no longer discussing just the benefits of the direct environment in which the solid oak flooring is installed, we are also discussing the way in which we source the oak for the flooring and the impact that sourcing has on our environment.
At Oak Floors Online, we appreciate how important it is to our customers and to us as a business that the oak for our solid oak flooring is ethically sourced. We are a member of the Timber Trade Federation and we have the FSC certification – FSC is the mark of responsible forestry. The FSC have a very strict procedure for certification of responsible forestry and we are proud to display their logo on our website and hold ourselves accountable to the guidelines set out by them.
We do everything that we can to ensure that our oak is sourced responsibly and with consideration for the environment that we live in. Wood is the only renewable building material and consumes far less energy in production, processing and disposal than any other construction material.
Solid oak flooring is no longer the luxury that it once was and as affordability of solid oak flooring (and also engineered oak flooring) improves, more people are able to have beautiful oak floors in their home than ever before. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to Oak Floors Online that we are responsible and ethical in our sourcing of oak for solid oak flooring and that we adhere to the rules and regulations set out by the authority bodies to show that we are an active member of the community in doing all that we can to ensure environmental conscience and responsibility in our industry.
Considering the environmental benefits of using solid oak flooring on a smaller scale of the room or property in which the flooring will be installed, there are significant benefits that you will experience within your own personal environment once your solid oak floor is fitted.
There are significant health benefits to your environment using solid oak flooring instead of carpet in your home. Carpets are, of course, a haven for dust mites which can cause asthma attacks. The environmental benefits of using solid oak flooring for health purposes are clear immediately from this one benefit alone and they are a popular choice for families with young children who suffer from asthma or allergies.
When caring for and maintaining your solid oak floor, the recommended humidity level within your home is 40 – 60%. The level of humidity at between 40 – 60% is also the level that experts recommend for your body to stay healthy as well (of course with proper diet and exercise too!).
As well as the considerations of the impact your purchase of solid oak flooring will have on the environment on a larger scale, when considering the environmental benefits of using solid oak flooring in your home are much more than the sum of their parts.
When you come home after a long day, your solid oak flooring will create a warm-feeling environment by complementing the décor that you have in your home and giving you a sense of calm and well-being. Also, it’s much easier to clean your solid oak flooring than it is to clean carpets; perhaps that is one of the best environmental benefits of using solid oak flooring there is!