How to Make a Sustainable Raised Floor How to Make a Sustainable Raised Floor
When building a raised floor few people actually stop and think about the impact that it's having on the environment. Everything that we ever do affects the world as we know it and can change all sorts of things. That's why it's so important to minimize the effect that we have on it.
There are actually lots of things that you can do to make a sustainable raised floor. If you go about it in the right way then it doesn't even need to be very difficult. It can also be just as affordable as a normal raised floor.
Step 1 - Sourcing Wood
The first thing that you will need to do is source the wood from a sustainable source. This should be fairly easy as most of the wood sold in home hardware stores is taken from managed forests. This means that the wood is farmed and grown for wood rather than being a tree in the wild which is cut down. Wood is a renewable resource and plenty more of it can be grown if needed. This means that using wood from carefully managed forests is actually much kinder than using concrete or plastic based products.
You will be able to find plenty of places selling responsibly sourced wood on the Internet. Make sure you calculate exactly how much wood you will need to raise the floor, remember you will need to source wooden joists as well as plywood sheeting for the top of the floor.
Step 2 - Other Materials
The other materials required for a raised floor are actually fairly minimal. You will need to buy nails, hammers and various other tools unless you already have them. When buying nails you can try to buy them from countries which treat their labor force well and do not use child labor. The same can be said for tools and various other pieces of equipment required.
Step 3 - Choosing Flooring
When choosing the flooring material to put on top of your raised floor you will need to give the sustainability issue some careful consideration. It's important that the flooring is a sustainable material which can be renewed. Laminate flooring's are made using some plastic and oil based products, this makes them un-sustainable. The only sustainable forms of flooring are carpets and hardwood flooring. However you must be careful with carpets, many cheaper modern carpets are made with oil based synthetic materials rather than wool.
Hardwood flooring can be sustainable as long as the wood comes from carefully managed forests, make sure that the wood is not cut down illegally from wild forests and that it is instead sourced from farms where the trees are replanted. Hardwood flooring is very beautiful but you do need to care for it properly. Make sure that you use a varnish or sealant to protect the wood and also care for it throughout the life of your raised floor. Wood flooring is very durable and with a bit of tender loving care it should be able to outlast you.