(KTSF by Jessie Liang)
Green flooring options abound in the market. Many hardwood floors made from recycled, reused and renewable materials. For example, some are made of old wine barrels or bamboo . Some are made of old fences that still have nail holes.
The color options for green hardwood floors are also plentiful depending on recycled materials. But are they more expensive compared to traditional hardwood floors ? Avi Atid, an expert of hardwood flooring, says, “If we look at bamboo or cork, the price would be about the same . ” However, he adds that it’s fifteen or twenty percent more expensive to remove a nail and have the wood cut.
Architect Jason Dries-Daffner says you’d better know the impact of flooring on the environment and your health when you choose green floors. “Some hardwood floors say they are green but it doesn’t mean they are. So you have to know what the flooring is made of including the glue they use.”
Besides sustainability of green flooring, the low or zero volatile organic compound (VOC) emission is also an important factor in air quality and one’s health. Dries-Daffner adds, “You can’t judge things just by seeing it. If you want to buy green floors, you have to do your research. You could ask your contractor, your salesperson, the manufacture, but eventually it’s your responsibility.” He suggests when you’re shop for eco-friendly flooring, look for a “green label” on the product . For example, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is authorized to certify green wood products. People may also want to know the transportation method used to get it from its point of origin to you because the carbon footprint from transportation also diminishes the overall green benefit.
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