Looking for an eco-friendly flooring option that has a personality all its own? Salvaged wood flooring offers a sustainable option for your flooring building or renovation project.
Why choose salvaged wood flooring? This unique, sustainable building material comes with a number of benefits. Here are just a few:
Salvaged wood offers the beauty and warm comfort of wood and the satisfaction of engaging in environmentally responsible building practices. You can take comfort in the fact that your building materials choice helps support a greener tomorrow.
When Lucianne and Joe Carmichael decided to use salvaged materials to build their dream home along the Mississippi River, they knew that they wanted to use salvaged timber. "The first thing we knew was we wanted to preserve the forest," Lucianne told NOLA.com. "We knew we had to build in a sustainable way that would have the least amount of damage on the environment."
Finding salvaged flooring was daunting as a DIY project, and Lucianne and Joe took years completing their home. They allowed their building plans to evolve with the type of materials they found, from recycled glass to old bricks and wood.
Working with salvaged wood requires finding a supply of healthy timber. You can find the materials yourself like Lucianne and Joe above, but locating salvaged timber for your flooring project doesn't need to be a chore. A little research and smart shopping takes the hassle out of finding sustainable salvaged wood.
Consider building companies and suppliers that have been approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or other third-party approval boards. FSC approval is awarded to "forest management operations that are well-managed in accordance with environmentally and socially responsible guidelines."
Installing salvaged wood comes with its own specific challenges. Find a contractor that has experience working with this unique material, and you'll benefit from their years of experience. Contractors can help advise you on finding materials, testing and refinishing old wood, and other challenges.
Installing salvaged wood floors can give you new pride in your building project. "It feels right, and I'm very proud of its simplicity and its sustainability," says Lucianne Carmichael. "It respects the natural world."About the author: Amelia Gray is a fiction writer and teacher living in San Marcos, TX. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Arizona State University.