5 Ways Engineered Wood Flooring Helps Mitigate Climate Change

By Wendy Meltzer

A Sustainable Choice for a Greener Future

As purveyors of luxury engineered wood flooring, we hold an unwavering commitment to the aesthetic, functional, and environmental attributes of our products. Recent USDA Forest Product Laboratory research has shed light on the remarkable environmental benefits of engineered wood flooring. This groundbreaking study has implications not only for our industry but also for conscientious consumers who are increasingly seeking sustainable alternatives for their home improvement needs.

1. Carbon-Negative Material

Perhaps one of the most striking findings of this research is that prefinished engineered wood flooring can be classified as a “carbon-negative material.” This discovery harmonizes seamlessly with our company’s dedication to sustainability and environmental stewardship. Our luxury engineered wood flooring, meticulously crafted from natural European oak and marine-grade Baltic birch, not only contributes to the noble cause of climate change mitigation but also provides homeowners with a durable and visually striking flooring solution.

Our commitment to sustainability permeates every facet of our product offerings. All our opulent and sustainably manufactured wood flooring is meticulously handcrafted and custom-designed from the finest European white oak. These oak trees, nurtured for generations, have aged gracefully, with an average age of over 150 years, resulting in exceptionally beautiful grains and knots.

The distinction of Unique Hardwood flooring lies in its Cradle to Cradle certification, a testament to our unwavering dedication to producing environmentally responsible products. Our floors are entirely natural, free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde. We employ an all-natural hard-wax oil that is UV-cured, delivering both protection and a rich, lustrous finish. Moreover, our flooring is cold-pressed, a process that reduces susceptibility to the movement typically associated with solid hardwood when humidity levels fluctuate. The installation procedure involves non-toxic adhesives, ensuring that we contribute minimally to air pollution. With Unique Hardwood flooring, homeowners have the ability to create a health-conscious indoor environment without any compromise on quality or style.

Help mitigate climate change with Unique Hardwood flooring - oak tree seedling image

2. Life-Cycle Assessment

The comprehensive life-cycle assessment performed by the USDA Forest Product Laboratory is a substantial validation of the sustainability of engineered wood flooring. This assessment covers every facet of our products, from their inception to their eventual disposal. By integrating data from literature and insights from industry experts, this study presents an extensive and well-informed analysis of the eco-friendliness inherent in our flooring solutions.


3. Carbon Sequestration

A remarkable facet of this study is its emphasis on carbon sequestration. Engineered wood flooring, as highlighted in the report, is not merely carbon-neutral but possesses the unique capacity to store carbon for extended periods. This characteristic not only offsets carbon emissions but also significantly contributes to a reduction in the net global warming potential. Thus, by choosing our luxury flooring, customers not only enhance the aesthetics of their homes but also make a tangible, positive impact on the environment, aligning their choice with their sustainability goals.

4. Industry Acknowledgment

The Decorative Hardwoods Association (DHA) has recognized the findings of the study as a significant triumph for the industry. This recognition underscores the superiority of real wood products and reinforces our standing in the market. With this endorsement, our customers can be confident that our luxury engineered wood flooring meets and surpasses industry standards. The DHA’s acknowledgment accentuates the quality and environmental benefits that our products bring to the market.


5. Customer Appeal

From a marketing standpoint, this study furnishes us with a compelling narrative to share with our customers. We know that many of our homeowners, designers, architects, and general contractors take daily steps to mitigate climate change. Now, they can be comfortable in the knowledge that our luxury engineered wood flooring is not merely about exquisite design and exceptional durability; it actively contributes to environmental preservation. They can now be confident in the knowledge that their choice of engineered hardwood not only results in beautiful, luxurious flooring but also plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the environment for years to come.

Help Mitigate Climate Change with Unique Hardwood Flooring

In conclusion, the results of the USDA Forest Product Laboratory’s study are an unequivocal affirmation of the eco-friendliness of our luxury engineered wood flooring. This article underscores our unwavering commitment to offering top-quality, sustainable flooring solutions. We eagerly anticipate continuing to serve customers who prize both elegance and environmental responsibility, and we encourage anyone interested to review the full USDA report (available for download here) for deeper insights into the environmental merits of our products.

At Unique Hardwood, we are committed to delivering more than just a floor; we offer a sustainable and beautiful foundation for your home. Our flooring collections are available in five different widths and a large variety of finishes. We invite you to visit our SOCO, Costa Mesa showroom to view our large format samples.


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