So you care about buying a green, environmentally friendly floor?
FSC Certification is a good place to start! You can be sure that your hardwood floor is from a properly managed forest that future generations will be able to enjoy.
But Wait… not all floors are created equal. If you really cared about buying a product that is green, which incorporates the full characteristics of the tree, and therefore is more efficient in the production, then continue reading!
It starts at the saw mill and understanding how the logs are sawn. Understanding the difference between quarter sawn, rift sawn, plain sawn, & live sawn and what part of the log these boards are cut from.
In order to keep things in layman’s terms & fairly simple to comprehend…
- A natural floor is greener than a clear floor. Why? Most trees naturally have knots and character in them. Our clear floor will have these knots chopped out. Long length, wide plank, clear boards are even harder to come by.
- Wide Plank Rift Only Sawn is a difficult floor to make. Rift Sawn boards are created from the more narrow parts of the quartered log where the growth rings are at a 45° angle.
Your best options for the greenest floor possible
- A random width, natural or Mill Run, R&Q floor
- Want even better. Check out our Allegheny Live Sawn
Of course, if the look you want is a beautiful clear wide plank floor get it! Allegheny Mountain Hardwood flooring is the greenest flooring option available, and all the “waste” from the production is used. The chips go to paper mills and the sawdust is used to heat the boiler to run the dry kilns. Whatever you decide you can feel secure that your Allegheny Mountain Hardwood flooring is well manufactured, it comes from a highly renewable resource, grown in a well-managed forest, is 100% made in the USA, and will look beautiful in your home!