About Arbor Valley Flooring
Let us add value to your home by putting real wide hardwood in it. The beauty and warmth of real wood can’t be beat. Our engineered products are hand-crafted by our employees here in the Great lakes region of Western NY. Considered by many to be where some of the finest Hardwoods in the country are grown. Allow us to produce the floor you will be proud to have in your home.
Why wood is the "Green" choice
- U.S. forest land consists of 747 million acres, which is 33% of the total U.S. land area and 8.8% of global forest land.
- 25% of U.S. land area (504 million acres) is available to produce timber resources for commercial forest products.
- Private landowners, roughly 10 million, own 58% of forests, while 29% is public ownership and 13% is owned by the forest products industry.
- The U.S. has some of the best tree-growing land in the world and today, net forest growth surpasses harvest by 47%.
- It is estimated that in the next 5 decades at least 17 million acres of forest land will be lost permanently to urbanization and development.
- Forests are renewable and we have the science and experience necessary to manage this resource in a safe, cost-effective, attractive and socially acceptable manner.
- Forests in the U.S. cover 70 percent as much land as they did in 1600.
- About 1/3 of the entire U.S. land mass is covered with forest.
- Each year 1.6 billion trees are planted in the U.S., which is about 6 for every tree we use.
- More trees are growing in America's forests today than at any other time since the 1890's.
- Standing timber volume per acre in U.S. forests today is 30 percent greater than in 1952.
- Today, annual forest growth rates in commercial forests exceed harvest and losses to disease and insects by 33 percent.
- Wood is a very energy efficient material to produce, process and transport. Cement, steel and plastics require factories that consume far more energy, usually fossil fuels, to produce.
- Wood is produced in a factory powered entirely by solar energy--the forest!
All of the above are courtesy of the USDA Forest Service
Wider Wood vs. Narrow Wood
In wood, wider is more valuable (expensive) than narrow. It also gives you a better picture of the grain structure and beauty of the wood you’ve selected that you just can’t see in narrower boards. To get wider flooring it requires you wait for a tree to reach maturity before it is harvested. This “selective” harvesting of mature trees is better for the environment as it removes trees toward the end of their life cycle after has put down seeds and then removing it makes room for these new trees to grow. It would be a shame to waste any wood that has taken this long to grow and has such beauty and value.
Our Engineered Hardwood Flooring
This is where our engineering comes in. Arbor Valley engineered hardwood flooring is superior to laminated flooring in that it is real hardwood and does increase your homes value. All of our wear layers (the wood you see) are sawn heavy at our facility. Sawn faces are considered superior to sliced faces and give you the same look, value, beauty and durability as traditional hardwood flooring in your home. These heavy wear layers give you the thickness to last a life time and allow you to cover up to 4 times the amount of floor you could cover using traditional methods. We then use high grade plywood specifically design for flooring to put the tongue and groove in. This plywood offers the exceptional stability you need in order to make these wider floors behave like a narrower floor.
Give us a call. Let me help you design the floor of your dreams.
Dan Smith, President of Arbor Valley Flooring