Indo Teak flooring is durable and planet-friendly, but also serves as a tribute to the travels of St. XavierDon’t be misled by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification that comes with this Teak flooring. It does not mean the wood came from a sustainably managed forest. Instead, it comes from deconstructed structures in Indonesia – some up to 300 years old.
And it has proven to be the perfect look for the northern foyer at St. Xavier Church in downtown Cincinnati. Church administrators' desire for sustainable products and durability was a key reason Architects Paul Duffy and Adam Luginbill at glaserworks selected it.
Onsite, UV-cured hardwood floor finishes are starting to beamWe talk a lot about low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) floor finishes, and the scientific advancements that have produced less-toxic polyurethanes and natural oil floor coatings. But the truth is that our search for the perfect people-and planet friendly option continues daily.
“Water-based” and “waterborne” now are second only to “low-VOC” on the list of buzzwords that put our minds at ease. But when you consider that zero-VOC paints are readily available, the VOC content in floor coatings can seem high, in addition to other chemicals that some formulas use.
This reality has made the ultra-violent curing machine the latest proven weapon in our arsenal of remedies for unhealthful indoor air. It stops chemical emissions by instantly curing the finish that would ordinarily take days to weeks to completely dry and stop off-gassing. In addition, waterborne polyurethanes with VOC content as low as 17 grams per liter are now available.
Weigh all the finishing options before selecting grey hardwood flooring
By definition, grey is: Of a neutral tone, intermediate between black and white. It has no hue and reflects and transmits only a little light.
This line from the dictionary does little to explain the dramatic, contemporary looks grey flooring can create in a room.But discerning homeownersfrequently are choosing it for their walls and floors in everything from tile to hardwood.
The grey porcelain tile photos in the post are from a bathroom with a zero-entry shower. The shades of grey and white throughout the room are a popular look.
Natural oil hardwood flooring finishes gain popularity as consumers get more familiar with product benefitsSome would say that using plant-based oils to finish a hardwood floor is unique. Not the norm, the road less-traveled and, possibly not suited for standing up to high traffic.
But with the number of customers who are beginning to ask about oil or low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) floor finishes, I would have to say that a trend is emerging.
And floors that are standing up to customers and spilled drinks in a downtown Cincinnati bar where the floor was finished with plant-based oil last fall is debunking doubt about durability.