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Product Review: Ark Hardwood Flooring

Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2011

In these new days of sustainability and making sure products are "eco-friendly," Ark Floors, an A&W Group division, is an inspiration to the commitment to producing hardwood flooring products that don't come at too high a cost to the environment. Not only is Ark environmentally conscious, but they also offer one of the most extensive and beautiful collections of hardwood flooring available today.

Ark has recently signed the Copenhagen Communiqué, which was an agreement sponsored by the U.N. that is a first step in making the environment a global focus, bringing different countries together for a unified goal of combating effects of growth at the cost of sustainability. Ark has already had the environment at heart, so this was an easy transition. Ark only uses raw materials gleaned from responsible suppliers.

The chairman of the company, Carl Lu, has spoken at the World Forest Environment Forum, where he was commended for being a contributor to responsible forestry. A&W Ark Floors also received its Green Pass to the international timber and flooring market Chain of Custody Certification in 2006. If sustainability and the environment is a predominant factor in deciding on which products to go with for your new flooring project, then Ark is the perfect match for you.

And beyond being an upstanding company, they also provide quality. The collections Ark provides are a joy to scan through, and their descriptions really help you pinpoint the look you want. You can choose something from the "French Collection," where you will see planks up to six inches in width and the rustic, country charm of distressed textures and colors. Or go with the "Elegant Exotic Collection" that proffers amazing smooth finishes on Angelim Black Tulip or Santos Mahogany, just to name a couple. Or you might prefer the "American Heartland Collection," which is comprised of your classic, timeless hardwood flooring in oak, ash, and maple.

And depending on your installation needs, all of Ark's collections have solid hardwood flooring choices as well as engineered products. These are certainly not to be overlooked. Engineered wood is actually made of layers of wood compressed together and then "topped" with a thick veneer of the wood of your choice. Engineered products are a better choice for areas that might have a bit more moisture than a traditional floor could handle safely.

The possibilities are endless. And this is the most fun—finding that perfect foundation for a beautiful new room.