Hardwood provides a variety of environmental benefits. Because harvested trees can be replanted, it is a renewable flooring option. In the United States, 1.66 trees are planted for every one that is harvested. The volume of trees has increased over the last few decades.
These types of floors last for generations. They require few raw materials and produce less waste that ends up in landfills than other types of flooring. While in the home, hardwood sequesters carbon dioxide. When replaced, it can be recycled for other purposes, or used as fuel.