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Senate Recognizes Hardwood as Green

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

St Louis, MO, November 16, 2010–The United States Senate has passed a resolution supporting hardwood by recognizing it as an environmentally preferable building material.

Resolution S. Res. 411 recognizes United States hardwoods as an abundant, sustainable, and legal resource.  The Senate also mandates that United States hardwoods and products derived from these hardwoods be given full consideration in any program that promotes the construction of environmentally preferable commercial, public, or private buildings.

The Resolution specifically identifies United States hardwoods as an abundant, sustainable, and legal resource as documented annually by the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program of the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.  The USDA analysis shows that the hardwood inventory in the United States has more than doubled during the past 50 years, and that annual hardwood growth currently exceeds annual hardwood removals by a margin of 1.9 to 1, meaning that for every tree harvested in the United States, nearly two are planted in its place.  The study further shows that annual growth of United States hardwoods has exceeded annual removals every year since 1952.

The legislation was supported by the Hardwood Federation, a coalition of more than 30 associations, including the National Wood Flooring Association, representing the interests of the United States hardwood industry.  The United States hardwood industry employs millions of families throughout the country, representing thousands of jobs in nearly every state and hundreds of Congressional districts.

The National Wood Flooring Association is a non-profit trade organization, with more than 3,300 members world-wide, dedicated to educating consumers, architects, designers, specifiers and builders in the uses and benefits of wood flooring.  NWFA members receive the best in educational training, benefits, technical resources and networking, to advance their professionalism and success.

 

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  • Steve W.

    Jeff,

    The hardwood floor in one of my bedrooms sustained damage from an ice dam 3 or 4 weeks ago.

    My insurance company sent out a restoration company representative. He said that part of the floor (maybe 10 square feet or so) is still registering moisture on his meter. He recommends that the floor be dried with drying mats and then sanded and refinished.

    The floor is white oak builder grade from 1972. It squeaks a fair amount when you walk on it and it could definitely stand to be refinished. However, the price I got from the restoration company is outrageous: $2,000 (two thousand dollars) just to dry it out plus another $800 to $1,000 to refinish it. The room is approximately 160 square feet.

    A few questions for you:

    1. Doesn’t it make sense for me simply to replace the subfloor and the hardwood rather than repair something that was less than average quality to begin with? The cost of restoration amounts to at least $17.50/square foot. I assume that I can have a new floor installed for $10-11/square foot plus the cost of the subfloor. Do those numbers sound accurate?

    2. If I do end up replacing the subfloor and the hardwood will that take care of any moisture that was registering on the moisture meter?

    3. Would you recommend prefinished or raw wood?

    4. The only surefire way to get rid of the remaining moisture problem and squeaks is to replace the subfloor, correct? Is CDX still the way to go on a subfloor?

    Thanks, Jeff. I look forward to your response.

     
     
     
  • Hi Steve
    When a wood floor gets wet to where it distorts the wood floor I usually suggest removing and replacing the whole floor for several reasons. You will most likely not be able to match the older flooring when patching in with new wood. Secondly, if the floor is now loose then drying it and refinishing it will not fix that. Thirdly, is that any remaining moisture not detected can cause the rest of the flooring to distort further later on as it dries out further. Usually the plywood subfloor would not have to be replaced as it is usually a CDX type that can withstand getting wet, as long as it is good shape and not rotted simply allow it to dry out before replacing the wood flooring over it. Using prefinished hardwood flooring avoids the mess and the days of having to stay off the floor before it can be used.

    I would suggest getting three estimates.

     
     
     
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