Not everyone knows that certain types of wood flooring can be “greener” than carpet or laminate.
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) May 15, 2012
Maryland flooring services provider, A&J Floor Coverings, kicks off May by offering its customers a five percent discount on any flooring service. The promotion doesn’t have a set end date and will run while it’s meeting the demand.
A&J Floor Coverings provides a variety of flooring services from Maryland carpet installation to hardwood refinishing and replacement. The company carries quality products from such popular brands as Shaw, Mohawk, Marazzi, Quick-Step, Armstrong, and more.
“There are many floor covering options out there, but from our experience, wood is one of the most popular choices,” said Mark Schlossberg, owner of A&J Floor Coverings. He added that many of his customers like the look and feel of wood, but are concerned about it not being an eco-friendly solution. “Not everyone knows that certain types of wood flooring can be “greener” than carpet or laminate,” added Schlossberg.
The top eco-friendly wood floor covering is cork. Because it is made from the bark of the cork oak tree and not the actual tree, no natural resources get depleted during the harvesting. Cork oaks can live up to 500 years, shedding their bark every nine to 15 years. The longevity of this tree, as well as the durability of the cork flooring, makes cork a sustainable material.
Although cork is extremely versatile and water-resistant, it’s not a hardwood. Bamboo, on the other hand, is harder than red oak and maple, and also falls into the “green flooring” category. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource because it grows fast and in abundance.
For a more traditional look, engineered wood will work as an eco-friendly floor covering. This is a layered flooring comprised of a top (veneer) layer and a composite core. Because the veneer layer is so thin, it allows for more boards to be manufactured from a single tree. And the core is usually made of faster growing less valuable species, which is reasonable since it’s not visible after the installation.
“Wood flooring made of solid boards is the least sustainable of all the options,” pointed out Schlossberg. “However, there is still a room for making traditional hardwood flooring greener.”
Wood upcycling is a new trend that is based on giving a second life to the wood stripped from old buildings, furniture, and even crates and shipping containers. This “reclaimed” or “repurposed” wood can be used as a floor covering material, giving any room a unique character.
“Make sure you check the wood you buy for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp,” advised Schlossberg. FSC, a non-profit organization promoting responsible management of the world’s forests, offers wood suppliers a voluntary certification showing whether the trees were harvested responsibly.
“Our Maryland hardwood flooring customers enjoy a wide selection of floor coverings from such FSC-certified brands as BR11 and Mullican,” said Schlossberg. Eco-friendly wood flooring is not a myth, and more and more floor manufacturers and customers are exploring these “green” options.
About A&J Floor Coverings:
Serving the community since 1977, A&J Floor Coverings provides a wide variety of flooring services to commercial and residential customers throughout Maryland. Laminate, carpet, hardwood, vinyl, wood, bamboo, and cork are some of the materials A&J Floor Coverings employees are proficient in handling. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.ajfloorcoverings.com.