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Get Real T H E N AT U R A L A N D L A S T I N G B E A U T Y O F W O O D F L O O R S DuChateau Floors' Heritage Timber Collection, shown here in Lintel finish, offers the character of reclaimed antique wood, but is artfully crafted from sustainably grown new wood.

From flooring and cabinetry to molding and furniture, hardwoods have been treasured for generations, and for good reason. They offer warmth, durability, luxury, and design options that are unmatched by other products. Recently, however, the green product marketing frenzy has created some misinformation and confusion in the marketplace. Hardwood forests naturally regenerate themselves and do not need to be replanted like softwood forests. For this reason, their harvesting methods differ. The preferred method of harvesting hardwoods is single-tree selection, where a professional forester evaluates a forest and determines which trees are ready to harvest. This responsible forest management practice not only provides a sustaining supply of hardwood, but it also ensures the overall health of a thriving forest—including water quality, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, and recreational opportunities—and has allowed the volume of our hardwood forests to more than double since the 1950s.

LEFT: Walnut flooring flows from the kitchen to the adjacent sitting area. Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing Photographers. Photo courtesy of www.HardwoodInfo.com.

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project Wood also is a carbon neutral material. Healthy forests absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and release oxygen. The carbon is then stored in the wood for the life of the tree and the products made from it. Advanced technology also ensures minimal wood is wasted during the manufacturing process. Every part of the tree is used. For example, tree bark becomes mulch, sawdust becomes animal bedding or fuel for boilers to operate dry kilns, and trimmings become paper. ANTIQUE TECHNIQUE

A European company, DuChateau Floors, has recently introduces its Heritage collection. This line of genuine hardwood flooring replicates the patina of reclaimed distressed building materials. Using FSC-Certified European White Oak, DuChateau transforms the wood into planks of remarkable beauty with artfully distressed surface Armstrong hardwood in light chestnut is part of their Rural Living series and is available at Roberts Carpet & Fine Floors.

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project reminiscent of salvaged textures. DuChateau’s antique reproduction hard-wax oil floors are designed to reflect the styles found in Europe from centuries ago. DuChateau Floors recreate the same time-worn look that showcases the character and longevity of a true vintage hardwood floor. The company strives to use environmentally friendly methods and renewable forest resources. CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Care and maintenance of hardwood flooring is easy—often just a matter of common sense. Follow these simple guidelines and your floors will last a lifetime, providing the warmth and feel only real hardwood can offer. • Water is a hardwood floor's worst enemy. Clean up spills immediately. Do not use a damp mop or oil-based soap. Always check with the flooring Bellawood natural beech flooring keeps large, open spaces light and bright.

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Oak flooring with a weathered look by Columbia Flooring. Photo courtesy of www.HardwoodInfo.com.

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