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Eco-friendly alternatives for your hardwood flooring

Eco-friendly not only means environmentally friendly but also human-friendly, too. If not to save our environment, a good reason to choose greener flooring is health. Many flooring products emit VOC(s) volatile organic compounds. VOCs are harmful chemicals used in the manufacturing process, and then are released into the air inside our homes. These gases contribute to poor indoor air quality and can affect allergy or asthma sufferers or anyone who is sensitive to chemicals. One of the most hazardous VOC is formaldehyde - often utilized in sealants, floor finishes and laminated products. Robar Flooring offers alternatives including water based varnishes and stains as well as formaldehyde free glues.

With a growing demand, there is now a huge array of eco-friendly alternatives to the conventional wood floors. Whatever style or room you're looking to satisfy there is a healthier, more sustainable choice.

Reclaimed and salvaged wood is one way to use hardwood while preventing any virgin trees from being chopped down. Recycled, reclaimed wood is suitable for residential and commercial applications. This type of flooring will also instantly add character to your space.

Refinishing your existing wood floor is another eco-friendly option. Make sure to ask us about our water based, non-toxic finishes.

Hardwood flooring look can also be recreated with bamboo. It is considered highly sustainable resource, since it can re-grow in only three years. Bamboo floor is available in many colours. It matches hardwood in durability and option to re-finish. The hardness of bamboo ranges from 1180 (carbonized horizontal) to around 3000 (natural strand woven) using the Janka hardness test versus red oak (1290), white oak (1360) or maple (1450) - the higher the number the harder the material. Bamboo is available in planks that range from 3″ to 6″ wide, it is very strong, water-resistant and antimicrobial.

Cork is yet another alternative to wood. Only the bark is harvested from mature cork trees, so no trees are cut down in the process. Cork's attractive properties like insulation, cushioning and warmth combined with green credentials, make it a very eco-friendly flooring choice. Being highly abrasion resistant cork floors are often used in public buildings including restaurants, shops and offices.

For more information on our eco-friendly products, contact Robar today for all your hardwood flooring needs.