Wooden Floor Solutions Ltd care about the products they use, not only from the customers perspective of quality and longevity, but also regarding the effect to the environment. They endeavour to purchase wood from companies who source wood from renewable & sustainably managed forests and woodlands so as not to impact on the environment or carbon emissions. This is achieved by using organisations that are registered with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) if possible.
FSC, founded in 1993, is an international non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting the responsible management of the world's forests. Wood products, from all types of forest, are available to buy with a clear conscience when you see the FSC logo as it comes from certified forests which are managed with consideration for people, wildlife and the environment and guarantees that the trees harvested are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally. Find out more about FSC here.
PEFC UK Ltd was established in 2000 and is a member of PEFC International, an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. PEFC International is an umbrella organisation that endorses national forest certification systems developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions. Find out more about PEFC here.
We will use wood fillets to close gaps between the flooring planks instead of mastic if possible and our oils are environmentally friendly too, such as oil finishes by Osmo products who have just been awarded an ethical award which is the UK's only cross-spectrum (people, animals and environment) ethical accreditation and exists to reward ethical companies' behaviour.
As a dependable alternative to hardwood, Bamboo is probably the most environmentally friendly flooring. Technically a grass, Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth which can be harvested when it reaches maturity every five or six years unlike hardwoods which take fifteen to twenty-five years. Harvesting does not kill the plant but leaves the younger shoots to continue growing and offers 25 times the yield of a hardwood making it extremely sustainable and renewable.
The harvesting of Bamboo has very little impact on the environment as the top soil stays in place allowing the plant to send out runners which establish new plants and regenerates itself. Bamboo is grown in large amounts reaching heights of up to 60ft within a few months and can be grown in areas where the soil is already damaged due to over growing of crops or other poor agricultural techniques. The plants produce a very dense leafy cover which allows the soil to gradually improve over time.
The physical properties of Bamboo such as hardness, strength and stability are actually superior to many of the traditional wood used for flooring including oak and maple. There are three main types of construction and each affect the overall appearance of your floor. Strand is the strongest, hardest and most durable with the fibres woven into strands and compressed with resin to produce a unique look as shown below.
Solid horizontal is constructed from 15mm thick glued in horizontal slats creating a wide grained appearance with a tongue and groove fit in a natural, carbonised or antique finish. Solid vertical is 15mm solid glued vertical slats which create a narrow grain look with a tongue and groove fit available in natural, carbonised or antique finishes. We can also supply the Strand Woven in click together system which is available in natural, carbonised, Tiger or Grey finishes.