Green is one house, one floor; green is not a cover ever 5 -7 years.
With floor covers such as engineered and laminate you are really just leasing the floors, and like a car lease you will pay more on the backside than you ever expected! These floor covers are filling our landfills now and in the next 4-5 years the amount is expected to double from current levels of 300,000,000 lb. per year! All so they can generate repeat business. There is no greener product than solid wood flooring.
What if every home built from this day forward used 1” solid real wood from a local mill or trusted source? Do you believe that to be more harmful (aka less green) than our current model, which is built on shipping timber to China so they can cut it up, compress it and sell it back to us in slivers. Green would be one house, one floor! Exported lumber would stay gone and not come back as Rimports (Re-imported) flooring.
Why are hardwood floors so expensive?
If you have chosen to continue reading, can assume that chart on imports peaked your interest? Our role is to provide logical answers to the illogical things you hear while floor shopping. Most companies will tell you that a 2 mm veneer handles water better than ¾ solid wood. Think about this; engineered floors take ½ the time that is required to finish and install real wood flooring. Acclimation is a step they do not have make with engineered or laminate, plus there is not prep work other than opening a box. Flooring store created repeat business and have margins 5 – 10 times that of real wood.
The flooring industry started using phrases such as Laminate Hardwoods and Waterproof Vinyls, plus providing "lifetime" warranties, things that cannot possibly be true. Warranties are useless and manufactures make it impossible to collect on a claim. The 15 or so steps you must take before installation plus the schedule of up keep, make it truly a marketing tool, with zero value.
Homeowners are told that solid wood is too expensive or that it cannot be glued down. They are told that a 2 millimeter thin sliver of wood will last a lifetime and or can be refinished, “it says so right here on the warranty”. Salespeople are not vested in the materials as they are employees of public companies who put shareholder value ahead of real value. In fact, they would prefer you purchase a new floor every year which is why an oak tree is worth more cut down, bundled with other oak trees, shipped overseas where it becomes "single use" flooring and shipped back to the United States than it is just cut up into flooring.
J Howard, Co-founder of Southern Yellow Pine Direct. "One House, One Floor. "