When making a decision on which wood to use for your floors, it is important to consider your surroundings. If you live in a place that will be hot and humid for part of the year you will need air conditioning or the planks could warp and swell. On the other hand, if it is cold and dry where you live you might need a humidifier and an air exchange unit. All of these things cost money and drain resources, so you will have to do a bit of research based on the exact weather conditions. The woods rated highest for stability are Santos Mahogany, cherry, and walnut. That aside, it is always an excellent choice to buy wood which has been marked by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as their seal is a good indication that the wood has been grown and harvested sustainably and without use of fertilizers or pesticides. These products must meet 57 criteria set by the FSC and 5 years ago there were 556 companies in the US selling this wood. It is generally not much more expensive than regular wood.
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