Increasingly, those thinking of using of Australian Hardwoods in the home are being asked to consider thinking of wood in ways that go beyond fitness for purpose, design aesthetic appeal, and costs. We must now develop within ourselves an ideology of sustainability with which to base our decisions with wood.Toowoomba City Parquetry Flooring offers excellent info on this.
The issue of forest depletion and what to do about it is a difficult question, at its core is the need for economies to grow, standards of living to improve and money to be made. To be human is to invariably consume larger and larger amounts of resources.
Because we are changing our approach to the environment and our impact on it, the forest industry of the future will be at the forefront of levies and charges related to climate change and the need to reduce our environmental footprint and sequester carbon dioxide- something trees do well. Looking forward 15 years, this will make native Australian Hardwoods into premium high end product that will be relatively expensive compared to now.
If you consider that Blackbutt select grade Parquetry Flooring in Sydney was selling for $45 per meter in 2005 and are now priced at $75+ per meter in 2013 we can see that increasing scarcity of product will be just one factor pushing up prices.
This will encourage an industry of reclaiming old flooring and re-milling as it will become comparable in price to new flooring to do so. Because of this we need to start looking at the idea of a lifecycle for a timber floor, wherein we install the floor with the intention that one day the floor can be removed without damage and remilled and used again anew.
The selection of Parquetry Wood Flooring is an ideal answer that all of us can look at closely for the following reasons:
1. Parquetry has no mechanical joints i.e. it has no tongue and groove.
This is a major environmental advantage as timber milled with a tongue and groove is eventually rendered unusable due to the face of the board being sanded down to the tongue, which means 65% of the wood is wasted!
2. Parquetry flooring is adhered- using appropriate adhesive-directly to the substrate-i.e. the slab or timber floor directly, thus reducing materials required and eliminating the requirement of either a mechanical joint, or being fixed to additional materials- like batons or plywood with nails.
As consumers of the end product of Australian hardwoods product we can look at things that will encourage the thought of future re use and environmental factors before making decisions, some examples are as follows:
Design for long life cycle: A Parquetry Flooring in Sydney should be installed with a view for a 400 year lifecycle!
Minimisation of materials: Parquetry flooring encourages the use of off cuts, patterns and shapes that are complementary to the shape of the space, and Parquetry Flooring Sydney installers especially trained in using environmentally friendly installation and finishing practices.
Glues that allow re-use: Polyurethane glue is unsuitable for future re use of timber as any attempt to pull up the floor in future will destroy the timber and subfloor. I would recommend Parquetry flooring installed using Water based PVA as an alternative that will allow future floor removal with minimal damage.