Beautiful wooden staircases are a timeless and classic feature in many homes across the country. But as homeowners increasingly look for ways to make their homes more environmentally friendly, the sustainability of the materials used in their construction has become an important consideration.
Are wooden staircases environmentally friendly?
When careful consideration is not given to sourcing of materials and production methods, the construction of wooden staircases can have a significant impact on the environment.
The production of wooden staircases often involves deforestation and the use of toxic chemicals, both of which contribute to environmental degradation.
However, the use of sustainably sourced wood can greatly reduce the environmental impact of wooden staircases.
How are we reducing the impact of our wooden stairs on the environment?
Here at Abbott Wade, our commitment to sustainability ensures that our customers are making a responsible and environmentally friendly choice. Below, we list some of the ways in which we are leading the way in the manufacture of eco-friendly wooden staircases.
- When using new timber in the creation of our wooden staircases, we always ensure that it is sourced from responsibly managed forests, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
- We are committed to using reclaimed and recycled wood wherever possible in the manufacture of our wooden staircases.
- Our oak newels are not only superior to the laminated posts supplied by our competitors, but they are also far more environmentally sustainable, resulting in a significant reduction in timber wastage.
- Any waste wood that is generated is converted into biofuel. This heats our building, as well as the homes of people in the local community.
- We schedule our staircase installations to reduce fuel wastage and use local supplies wherever possible to decrease our carbon footprint.
- We use only eco-friendly glues, stains, and finishes that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Our team have adopted efficient wooden staircase manufacturing processes to reduce waste and conserve energy.
- Our partnership with local suppliers and community-based forestry initiatives helps us to promote sustainable practices.
- We invest heavily in research and development to find new, sustainable solutions in the production of our wooden staircases.
What are the most environmentally friendly types of wooden staircase?
When choosing wood for your staircase, it is important to consider the sustainability of the source.
As a leading staircase manufacturer, we primarily use oak and sapele in the production of our wooden stairs due, in part, to their environmental advantages.
These two types of wood offer several benefits over other materials in terms of sustainability, durability, and carbon footprint.
- Sustainability – Oak and sapele are both hardwoods that are grown and harvested in a sustainable manner, ensuring their continued availability for future generations.
- Durability – These woods are known for their strength and durability, which means they last longer and require less maintenance, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
- Carbon footprint – The production of wooden staircases has a lower carbon footprint compared to other materials like steel, which has a higher carbon footprint due to the energy required for production and transportation.
By using oak and sapele in the production of our stunning wooden staircases, we demonstrate our commitment to a more sustainable future for the planet, whilst providing our customers with high-quality, durable products.
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If you are interested in learning more about our sustainable and environmentally friendly wooden staircase options, please get in touch for an in-home consultation.