Installation of Wood Floors

CW Woodworks Flooring, Inc.
Engineered Installations for Engineered Floors

Chad (858) 361-3254
Lisa (858) 361-3214
Lic# 868907

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Environmental Concerns

The health of the environment we live in, whether we speak of our homes or our planet, has become a major concern. CW Woodworks understands this and we appreciate the environmental concerns of our customers. There are numerous eco-friendly products available, from adhesives to vapor barriers, to on-site finishing products, to the flooring material itself.

Adhesives, moisture barriers, and on-site finishing products contain harmful solvents and volatile organic compounds. Volatile organic compounds are chemicals emitted as gasses that can have adverse effects on the environment and human health. VOCs are found in many of the products we have in our homes, from paint to cleaners to furniture. California has already adopted strict regulations in regards to products that contain VOCs and manufacturers are now offering products that are low or zero VOC. For more information on VOCS, indoor air pollution, and regulations, you can visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency at or the California Air Resources Board at

Hardwood flooring, especially exotic, has become very popular and unfortunately, illegal logging and unregulated harvesting have resulted. Without responsible management of our forests, animals lose their habitats, greenhouse gasses accumulate, and climate change is accelerated. Although there is still a lot of work to be done, environmental watchdogs and manufacturers have taken steps to ensure our planet is not robbed of one its most precious resources. New laws, such as the Lacey Act, have been put into place to combat illegal logging and make companies accountable for how and where they obtain raw materials. The Forest Stewardship Council promotes responsible forest management and sustainability through product certification. You can find out more about the Forest Stewardship Council, how the certification process works, and even search for FSC products at

There are other ways to be sensitive of the environment in the flooring selection process, such as selecting products that don’t have to be shipped too far. You can also purchase flooring that has been milled from wood reclaimed from demolished building or floors that can be installed via the floating or nail down method without adhesives.

Keep in mind though, that there are companies who claim to sell ‘eco-friendly’ products that aren’t necessarily so. For example, although bamboo is a renewable resource, most of it has to be shipped long distances, which uses fossil fuels, and some products contain excessive amounts of formaldehyde, and are obtained from forests which aren’t responsibly managed. Also keep in mind that there is no “perfect” product or a product that is “perfect” for all applications.

For more information on environmentally friendly products, organizations, and certifications, we invite you to visit the following websites: The Sustainable Forestry Initiative certifies wood and paper products that come from responsibly managed sources. The Greenguard Environmental Institute is concerned with indoor air quality and certifies products and materials as low (chemical) emitting. The U.S. Green Building Council offers LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for residential and commercial buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council offers LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for residential and commercial buildings.


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