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What can a Hardwood Floor do for the Planet?

what-can-a-hardwood-floor-do-for-the-planetMan and wood have always had a special relationship, and today more then ever this relationship is reaching for the future.

Wood is fundamental for its ability to absorbing and retaining carbon dioxide. If we unite this natural characteristic with the low amount of emissions required to process and transform the wood itself, with respect to other building materials used in construction, it’s even easier to understand why wood has the leading role in the fight against climate change.

If the wood in question is a L’Amour France/European Flooring hardwood floor, then the planet will thank you twice. 

Its chain of guardianship certification, together with its origins in forests managed in a sustainable manner, allows the planet’s forests to grow and amplifies the environmentally beneficial effects of the wood. Every tree is cut at the peak of its life cycle and is substituted by a sapling which, while growing, will absorb more carbon dioxide than its older predecessor.

L’Amour France/European Flooring hardwood floors even works in favor of the environment after having been installed in the home. They improve thermal efficiency, balance environmental humidity, inhibit the accumulation of electrostatic charges and, since its adhesives and varnishes are totally free of toxic solvents and emissions, create natural conditions for a healthy living.

 

Protect Yourself and Your Floors

protect-yourself-and-your-floorsAlthough spring may be around the corner, winter is not over yet.  Just how we protect ourselves appropriately from the dry and harsh weather, we should do the same for our hardwood floors.

As we turn up the heat in our homes this season, the air becomes too dry if not balanced with humidification. When the air is too dry it can present health issues for people. Similarly, wood is also negatively affected by very dry conditions. Although your engineered hardwood floors handle the stress of variability in humidity well, hardwood is still a natural substance and adapts to its surrounding environment. When relative humidity is very low, wood gives off moisture, which causes contraction and gapping in the floor. It is essential that you maintain a constant humidity level between 35% and 55%. If necessary, purchase a humidifier to do so and ensure that it is working properly to achieve the target range.

By maintaining a proper humidity level you will create an environment that is healthy for you and helps the performance and appearance of your floor.

 

A 100 Year Old Trick

a-100-year-old-trickNatural oil finishes have been used to finish wood for hundreds of years yet varnishes have dominated the hardwood flooring industry only in recent decades.

Oil is a remarkable finish that offers excellent durability and renewability with a unique finish. It will never crack, blister or flake off. Instead of forming a plastic film, like synthetic varnishes do, oil has open pores that “breathe.”

Applying a natural oil finish to a hardwood floor will emit zero VOCs and leave you without that harsh chemical scent. Oil is not a surface coating. The product is designed to become part of the wood by penetrating, bonding and hardening with the first layer of wood. Nourishing wood with natural oils supports the notion that you are living with your wood and in turn, the wood responds to the appropriate care that’s given.

Spot repairs are easy! There’s no need to strip the whole floor or even to remove old oil. For minor repairs, you can just apply oil to the damaged area and simply witness as the wood heals. As natural oils enhance the durable nature of wood, applying the maintenance oil to your floor periodically will rejuvenate it and always have the finish looking naturally radiant. Over time, reparability is more important than durability.