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Green Flooring – hardwood flooring

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Green Flooring - Hardwood

Hardwood floors made from reclaimed lumber can be more durable than new hardwood flooring. Reclaimed wood is often taken from abandoned barns, factories and warehouses. The downside is that reclaimed hardwood is often more expensive than new hardwood flooring. The extra cost is for the gathering, dismantling and preparation of these used materials.

On a positive note, some of the rarest wood types can only be acquired through this retrieval process, such as American chestnut and longleaf pine. If you desire eco flooring made with new hardwood, look for types that have been manufactured with wood from FSC–certified forests. The FSC, or Forest Stewardship Council, is an international organization that promotes sustainable forestry.


  • Reclaimed hardwood flooring types are available
  • Reclaimed lumber can be more stable and durable than new hardwood flooring as it has been exposed to changes in humidity for a longer period of time
  • Radiant heating systems work well with reclaimed hardwood flooring
  • Less energy is used to manufacture hardwood flooring compared to concrete
  • The constant replanting and growing of trees in renewable forests helps to absorb carbon from the atmosphere


  • Reclaimed hardwood flooring can be more expensive than new hardwood flooring since the wood must be taken apart, sorted and prepared
  • Reclaimed hardwood can contain metal (such as nails) which can make refinishing and leveling the surface difficult
  • Some sealers and finishes used on hardwood flooring contain VOCs which can decrease indoor air quality

Green Flooring Tips – Hardwood

  • Choose hardwood flooring that's made with wood from a forest that meets the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)* requirements
  • Instead of disposing of old hardwood floors, give them to a local hardwood reclamation center so they can be recycled into new flooring
  • Make sure your hardwood floors are installed with formaldehyde–free adhesives and glues

*Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an organization that verifies that the forest owner is carrying out responsible forest practices on a social, economic and environmental level. This includes maintaining the ecological purpose of the forest as well as respecting the rights of local inhabitants.