Eco Friendly Flooring

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We are open for business as usual (although there here is nothing usual about this situation) with our transport company (Brooks Transport) who are designated by the government as critical to the covid response. We are still delivering direct to door or site, (however collections or visits to the warehouse are not possible.) Our IT systems allow us to work from home so our staff are protected. Please Call or Email Us for samples or orders. Our factories are back to full capacity and the supply chain is operating effectively which can be seen here. As a trade supplier we have a minimum requirement of 50m2 for any samples and supplies. Please call 01666 504015 if you require less. For Government advice please click here. Even with these steps we have made, we must pull together, support one another, and get through this as a group, a family, and feel proud to say to our wider community we are critical to the Covid-19 response, and we will support it for as long as we are able. Stay safe, stay well, look after yourself, and each other.

The Building Centre will be open fully with the café back and exhibitions in place from Monday 12th April 2021. In the meantime, you can book visits in advance by contacting The Building Centre directly on 020 7692 4000. Please note that we do not have any representatives based at this showroom, but you can call us during your visit to talk through the options on display on 01666 504 015.

The Tetbury showroom is strictly by appointment only, maximum of two people with social distancing and face coverings required. Please call 01666 504 015 to book an appointment.

Eco Friendly Flooring

Wood is the only renewable choice of building material for flooring. Plastics are derived from fossil fuels, concrete and other forms of flooring can damage our environment through the energy it takes for their production.

Wood is a renewable, natural resource that naturally grows in abundance. England was once covered by lush green forests.

Even though we’ve cut most of it down, our forefathers had the sense to replant large forests. Despite this, we don’t get a lot of our flooring from our own resources in the UK.

Most of our country’s Oak flooring now comes from Europe, including the extensive forests of Russia, Siberia and North America.

All of these countries have programmes of replanting and maintaining sustainable forests. In many cases the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) or PEFC certification helps to ensure that forest are responsibly managed.

Carbon Footprints

The production of wood flooring uses less energy in its processing methods than any other construction material.

For example, it takes 5 times more energy to produce 1 tonne of cement, 24 times more energy for 1 tonne of steel, and 126 times for 1 tonne of aluminium.

Young trees also absorb more carbon dioxide than mature ones, so it makes sense to harvest older trees and plant two new ones for every one tree felled.

This is why The Solid Wood Flooring Company is a member of the Timber Trade Federation

Engineered wood flooring should now be the only choice for any floor. This is because for every 100 m2 of solid wood flooring, you can get 400 m2 of engineered flooring.

The main positive points for using an engineered floor are:

  • Engineered floors don’t move like solid wood floors
  • We can produce 4 times as much engineered flooring, compared to solid oak floors
  • Engineered flooring can be used with underfloor heating, whereas solid wood can’t
  • The plywood base of an engineered floor is made up of layers of Birch and sometimes with a mix of Poplar
  • Both of these fast growing trees are in abundance and are easily replaced, helping to reduce our carbon footprint even further
  • Our engineered wood floors with a 5 mm solid top layer can be sanded down the same number of times as a solid wood floor. This is due the distance from the top of the tongue.

Our Certifications:

If you require a record of our ethical sourcing policies please see the links below for our certificates:

FSC Certificate

Timber Trade Federation Membership

Responsible Purchasing Certificate