You love the look of cherry or oak flooring, but how can you be sure that the material you’ve chosen isn’t harming the environment? Luckily, there are certain certifications that wood flooring materials can receive to prove that they have been grown, harvested and distributed in eco-friendly ways.
The Forest Stewardship Council, along with third-party conservation organizations and local governments, help ensure the sustainability of many types of wood species. The following are the top five “green-certified” wood flooring materials. Go Earth!
Also known as Jatoba, Brazilian Cherry features reddish-brown heartwood and dark black striping. It is also one of the most durable exotic hardwoods available, featuring a hardness rating that is hard to beat.
Red Oak flooring has been an American flooring standard for years. The reddish-brown heartwood, white overtones and light, tight grain combine to make a flooring material that looks great in any room.
Tigerwood is a very popular, very distinctive exotic hardwood. It features dark red tones and wild black striping, giving the wood an exciting, dynamic appearance.
Another popular domestic, White Oak flooring comes in a variety of colors and features light tones, sharp lines and a pale brown heartwood.
Native to Brazil, Angelim Pedra flooring features yellow-brown tones and an interlocked, criss-cross grain pattern that gives the wood an exotic appearance.
Remember, buying FSC-certified, green flooring materials helps ensure timber is harvested with sustainability and the environment in mind.