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Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide

Tesoro Woods | 2018 Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide

Hardwood flooring is usually a big, one-time purchase for homeowners. Today, there are so many different options that Tesoro Woods has created a hardwood flooring buying guide.

The first thing to decide when purchasing wood flooring is to decide between solid or engineered flooring.

Solid wood flooring is exactly what you think it is, one solid piece of wood. Because it’s one piece, solid hardwood flooring can be sanded down refinished more times than engineered wood flooring, but is usually the more expensive option.

Engineered wood flooring is real wood flooring that’s made of multiple layers of wood veneers. Because of its layers, engineered wood flooring can’t be sanded down and refinished multiple times depending on the wear layer thickness, but they are more stable than solid wood floors and less expensive.

Color and Species

Choosing the right color and species of wood flooring for you is strictly a matter of your style, budget and personal preference. Wood floors are categorized by three general types: light, medium, and dark.

Tesoro Woods | 2018 Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide | Light Wood
Light Wood (Maple)
Tesoro Woods | 2018 Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide | Medium Wood
Medium Wood (Hickory)
Tesoro Woods | 2018 Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide | Dark Wood
Dark Wood (Walnut)

Hardwood flooring can come in a variety of different colors, white, yellow, gray, brown, red, orange, and so on! Many of these colors are the result of staining. One of the most popular design options over the last few years is gray floors. Learn more about this year’s flooring trends, here. Another option is to leave the wood natural and unstained. The images above are all natural and unstained.

The wood species has a big impact on how your hardwood flooring will look. Exotic species are usually more red or orange in color, while Maple is very yellow and Walnut is a dark brown naturally. Different species will also have very different graining (the lines you see in wood flooring), even before the flooring has been cut and milled. Maples naturally don’t have much grain, while Oaks and Hickory can have more knots, but milling will impact the wood’s grain.

Thickness & Hardness

Engineered wood thickness typically features a thin layer of higher quality material on the top (the wear layer), with a more affordable material underneath (the veneers). Wear layers are usually less than ¾” thick, making refinishing more difficult. Learn more about wear layers here.

Wood hardness varies greatly depending on the species of wood. Pine and Walnut tend to be softer and more vulnerable to scratches and dents, while exotics or Hickory are extremely durable. Look for the Janka rating in the product specifications to determine the hardness of a piece of wood, which is measured by the wood’s resistance to denting and wear.

Tesoro Woods | 2018 Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide | Janka Hardness Ratings
Janka Hardness Ratings


  • Rift & Quartered:  Rift and Quartered is commonly known for its traditional long-lined grain. It’s usually straight lines that are very close together with wavy lines, or flecks randomly. Read more about rift and quartered grain here.
  • Mixed: A true mix of different flooring grains. Some boards have a straight, vertical lined grain, while other boards have a cathedral grain or flat grain, more of an arching pattern.
Tesoro Woods | 2018 Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide | Grains
Rift & Quartered Grain (Great Northern Woods, Red Oak), Mixed Grain (Coastal Lowlands, White Oak Petrified)


  • Rustic: With the appearance of classic early American plank flooring, rustic wood flooring includes knots, cracks, color variation and other natural character.
  • Select: Flooring boards that have been hand selected due to their uniform color and little knots, cracks, color variation and other natural character.
Tesoro Woods | 2018 Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide | Grades
Rustic Grade (Coastal Lowlands, Hickory Grain), Select Grade (Great Southern Woods, Royal Mahogany)

Edges & Ends

Tesoro Woods | 2018 Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide | Edges and Ends
Beveled Edges & Ends (Coastal Lowlands, Walnut Umber), Square Edges & Ends (Great Northern Woods, Maple)


  • Oiled: With a real wood feel, natural oil finishes are safe in homes and spots can easily be repaired with a simple application of more natural oil. The Brushed Patina Collection features oiled finished floors.
  • Urethane: A water-based, modern day finish that limits chemicals and VOCs in homes.
  • Aluminum Oxide: Pre-finished floors have multiple coats of this for ultimate durability.


Gloss levels indicate how much shine is visible on hardwood floors. Gloss doesn’t impact durability, just the look of a wood floor. The three types of gloss levels are high gloss, semi-gloss or satin gloss, and matte gloss. Keep in mind that high gloss levels will show dust more than low gloss.

Tesoro Woods | 2018 Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide | Gloss Levels
Great Southern Woods, Brazilian Cherry in Matte Gloss (Low, 15%) and in Semi-Gloss (Medium, 35%)

Please be sure to always review several flooring samples, not just images before purchasing; wood is a natural product and each piece varies.

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Earth Day – Growing Green Flooring

Earth Day is this Sunday, so let’s talk about green flooring. Wood flooring is not often thought of as an eco-friendly material and bamboo flooring has a lot of misconceptions because it’s made in China. But did you know that wood and bamboo flooring can be grown as sustainable materials that can be used as healthy, green flooring?

Wood Flooring is Green Flooring

A lot of people immediately think “deforestation” when they think about where wood flooring comes from. Deforestation and forest destruction is the second leading cause of carbon pollution, causing 20% of total greenhouse gas emissions. However, harvested wood and logging isn’t always bad for the environment if done properly. Today, there are many ways to manage natural forests to ensure healthy growth and preservation of ecosystems.

Tesoro Woods | Earth Day 2018 – Growing Green Flooring

The Forest Stewardship Council® is currently the leading forest certification program today. The FSC® discourages illegal logging and promotes sustainable sourcing and milling practices by managing and certifying natural forests. Today, the FSC® has 168,803,427 acres of forest certified in the US and Canada. Tesoro Woods is certified by the FSC® as a supplier of sustainable wood flooring that came from a certified, managed forest. See all of our certified wood flooring collections.

Tesoro Woods | Earth Day 2018 – Growing Green Flooring

According to the National Report on Forest Resources, the area of productive unreserved forest and timberland has remained stable for the last 50 years, and the reserved timberlands, where cutting is not allowed are actually increasing. The United States now grows more trees than in the last 60 years. Because of managed forestry practices, now every tree is grown for a specific purpose – flooring or other building material, paper, and so on. When controlled correctly, wood flooring can be green flooring.

Bamboo Flooring is Green Flooring

Bamboo is quickly becoming a popular green flooring option. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing, renewable resources in the world. With its properties similar to hardwood, bamboo is a great alternative to some scarce tropical hardwoods.

Tesoro Woods | Earth Day 2018 – Growing Green Flooring

The giant bamboo species, moso is among the fastest growing plants in the world. It reaches its final height of up to 65 feet within a couple months, growing at a rate of up to 3 feet per day during the growing season. Stems mature in about 4 to 5 years, and are then cut down with the root system remaining fully intact. Hardwoods can take over 50 years to mature with comparable hardness, durability and stability.

Tesoro Woods | Earth Day 2018 – Growing Green Flooring

One great attribute of bamboo is that it can absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide. Tesoro Woods’ bamboo flooring producer, MOSO Bamboo Products® actually produces less carbon dioxide during their production phase than the bamboo absorbs during its growth phase, making it a CO2 neutral product over its life cycle.

The Super-Strand Bamboo Collection offers some of the most durable and sustainable bamboo flooring products available to homeowners today. It’s super because it’s built to last in any home, has minimal expansion in humid climates and is one of the strongest flooring materials available. Our Super-Strand Bamboo is truly green flooring!

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Sustainable Wear Layers in Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Tesoro Woods | Sustainable Wear Layers in Wood Flooring

Sustainable wear layers in engineered hardwood flooring can be tough to find, especially since engineered wood flooring is so popular today. However, it is possible to have sustainably sourced hardwood floors. For instance, did you know that Tesoro Woods recycles old building timber and industrial waste wood into beautiful new flooring?

What’s a Wear Layer and Where Does it Come From?

Tesoro Woods | Sustainable Wear Layers in Wood Flooring

A Tesoro Woods engineered floor is constructed using an inner core, made up of 3 layers of solid plantation pine in a cross slat platform, which are glued and pressed together. A layer of the desired decorative wood species is then fused on top of this inner core. This top layer is the wear layer, the “face” of the floor – it’s what is seen once the flooring is installed and what will gradually get worn down over time.

All wood wear layers (and wood in general) come from one of two options:

  1. A salvaged, reclaimed, or recycled source
  2. It’s harvested from forests or plantations

Tesoro Woods prides itself on offering truly sustainably sourced hardwood flooring, with some of the eco-friendliest wear layers available today. We offer hardwood flooring collections with recycled post-industrial wear layers and salvaged heart pine wear layers from building deconstruction, as well as sustainably harvested wear layers from environmentally-responsibly controlled forests or plantations.

Recycled Post-Industrial Wear Layers

Wood veneer mills, when slicing the best North American and South American logs into veneer end up with two thin waste center boards from each log. Typically, this by-product will be used for boiler fuel. Tesoro Woods recycles this by-product, using it as the wear layers in our engineered flooring. Doing this creates a natural, sustainably sourced and incredibly beautiful flooring from the finest logs.

Tesoro Woods | Sustainable Wear Layers in Wood Flooring

The Great Northern Woods Collection and the Great Southern Woods Collection feature recycled post-industrial wear layers.

Salvaged Building Deconstruction Wear Layers

Wood can be deconstructed from just about any type of building – houses, mills, barns, bridges, tanks, warehouses, towers, railroads, anything. Larger timbers and structural members are taken from the deconstructed buildings in an “as is” condition. From there, Tesoro Woods salvages them, simply re-milling this high-quality material into uniquely beautiful flooring.

Tesoro Woods | Sustainable Wear Layers in Wood Flooring

The Salvaged Pine Collection features wear layers that were salvaged from building deconstruction.

Harvested Wear Layers

Sustainable forestry exists where controlled forest management practices allow for wood harvesting to be eco-friendly. Today, these practices are set up and managed by third-party certifying organizations. Forest certification is very important, as it allows consumers to use their purchasing power to support forestry practices that conserves forests for future generations. Look for hardwood flooring products that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), as it is the current industry leading third party certifying organization. Tesoro Woods has been a leading proponent of sustainability devoted to protecting the forests and truly offers homeowners sustainably sourced, FSC®-certified wood flooring.

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Green Wood Flooring Guide

Tesoro Woods | A Homeowner's Green Wood Flooring Guide

There’s a lot of uncertainty today in the eco-friendly flooring world. What’s really green and what do all of these green certifications mean? As a longstanding green flooring industry advocate aware of some of the environmental issues in the industry, Tesoro Woods has created a green flooring guide. When shopping for flooring, it’s important to know what makes wood flooring products truly eco-friendly.

Recycled, Reclaimed and Salvaged Wood is Green Wood Flooring

Tesoro Woods | A Homeowner's Green Wood Flooring Guide | Recycled Post-Industrial Wood FlooringRecycled wood typically uses by-products or “waste wood” of another manufacturing process. This can be things like sawdust, veneer backing boards or peeler cores that get re-purposed and re-milled into new products. Tesoro Woods labels these flooring products as Recycled Post Industrial.

Reclaimed wood usually refers to already manufactured wood products that are re-manufactured into new ones, like wood flooring. Examples of this process include timbers from fences, old crates or pallets that are re-milled.

Tesoro Woods | A Homeowner's Green Wood Flooring Guide | Salvaged from Building Deconstruction Wood FlooringSalvaged wood refers to the direct reuse of wood products that can be salvaged from sources like river or lake bottoms, orchards and forests. Wood products can also be salvaged from doors or timbers in deconstructed buildings. Tesoro Woods labels these products as Salvaged from Building Deconstruction.

Forest Certification is Green Wood Flooring

How can you tell if wood products come from well-managed forests as opposed to irresponsible or illegal sources? The answer lies in the independent certification of forests and forest products. Credible forest certification sets high standards for responsible forestry, audits forests and plantations to ensure that standards are followed. By purchasing certified products, you are supporting truly responsible forestry practices and purchasing green flooring.

Tesoro Woods | A Homeowner's Green Wood Flooring Guide | FSC Certified Forests Worldwide

Tesoro Woods believes that the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) is currently the foremost credible forest certification program. Currently, Tesoro Woods is certified by the FSC® and authorized to label our products with their proper labels, such as FSC® 100%, FSC® Mix, FSC® Recycled and the various current combinations.

The USGBC and LEED is Green Wood Flooring

Tesoro Woods | A Homeowner's Green Wood Flooring Guide | USGBC and LEED

The US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) main activity is to develop and administer the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED was created in the late 1990’s by pioneers in the green building movement to create a common standard for defining and assessing environmentally-responsible, whole-building, high-performance design and building practices.

Tesoro Woods | A Homeowner's Green Wood Flooring Guide | LEED Credits and Flooring

There is no such thing as a LEED-certified product because LEED only certifies buildings. LEED is based on a system of credits and points. You have to earn a certain number of points to achieve LEED certification for a building. All of Tesoro Woods’ products contribute to a variety of LEED credits that relate to green flooring.

Indoor Air Quality and Green Wood Flooring

The issue of indoor air quality gained attention in the 1980’s when people learned that many building materials emit harmful chemicals into the air which can make people sick. Today, people are concerned with VOCs, volatile organic compounds. When it comes to flooring, formaldehyde is the most common VOC. We’ve discussed VOCs and formaldehyde in depth in our blog post, available here.

Tesoro Woods | A Homeowner's Green Wood Flooring Guide | FloorScore and VOCs in Flooring

FloorScore® is a certification awarded by SCS Global Services, the same group that awards FSC® certifications. It states that the certified product has met the indoor air quality (IAQ) certification standard for hard surface flooring materials, adhesives, and underlayments. All Tesoro Woods flooring products are FloorScore® certified and either labeled Low VOC or No VOC according to California’s emissions standards.

Learn more about all of the certifications and language Tesoro Woods uses on our products to explain its eco attributes on our Environmental Attribute Guide.


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VOCs in Flooring

Tesoro Woods | VOCs in Flooring

Everyone has heard that Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can be unhealthy and harmful. We’ve all heard how dangerous VOCs can be, especially in the last few years. But what exactly are VOCs and what do they have to do with flooring? Let’s have a real talk about VOCs in flooring, specifically in engineered wood flooring.

What are VOCs?

VOCs are naturally found in many building materials and home products, including hardwood floors.

It’s important to know that VOCs are organic compounds and can be found naturally, but can change quickly and turn harmful. What makes some organic compounds potentially dangerous is their ability to quickly turn into vapor or gas. These types of organic compounds are VOCs, volatile compounds. Once these compounds turn into vapors or gas, they create indoor air pollution and cause the unhealthy side effects we’ve all heard about.

Tesoro Woods | VOCs in Flooring

VOCs can be found in a couple of things in your home, including building materials and everyday household products. Volatile organic compounds are found in adhesives, air fresheners, fabrics, paint, markers and many cleaners. But don’t panic! Look for these products labeled as “low VOC” or “no VOC”. Different certifying organizations typically approve these products before they can be sold as safe. Learn more about the labeling of products relating to indoor air quality and volatile organic compounds from the EPA, here.

Tesoro Woods offers certified No VOC and Low VOC hardwood flooring products. All products have been certified by a third party and meet FloorScore® indoor air quality standard for hard surface flooring materials and adhesives. See our Environmental Attribute Guide for all Tesoro Woods’ product certifications. Additional information is available upon request.

Low VOC Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork FlooringAll Low-VOC products emit less than 0.005ppm (parts per million) volatile organic compound chemicals.


No VOC Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring, Cork FlooringAll certified No-VOC products emit less than 0.001ppm (parts per million) volatile organic compound chemicals.

VOCs in Flooring

Tesoro Woods | VOCs in Flooring

Now what we know they are, how do VOCs relate to wood flooring? Really, it’s the adhesives used in laminate and engineered flooring that can off-gas volatile organic compounds. Tesoro Woods uses some of the safest glues available today – they’re about as harmful as Elmer’s white glue! Because of the adhesives, formaldehyde is one of the most common VOCs in flooring.

No Added Urea Formaldehyde Wood Flooring, Bamboo Flooring and Cork FlooringAll no added urea-formaldehyde engineered wood flooring products contain no – less than 0.001ppm (parts per million) – added urea-formaldehyde in the glues. Tesoro Woods uses a newly developed two-part, EPI glue system that contains no added urea-formaldehyde.

What’s Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is natural, it occurs naturally in almost everything. Common products that emit formaldehyde have adhesives that bind different layers. Engineered flooring, laminate flooring, insulation, varnishes and certain upholstery all contain adhesives that emit formaldehyde. When buying products that are known to emit formaldehyde, check if the products are certified and are made with certified resins.

Tesoro Woods | VOCs in Flooring

Tesoro Woods offers certified No Added Urea Formaldehyde products. All products have been certified by a third party and meet FloorScore® indoor air quality standard for hard surface flooring materials and adhesives. Our products are well below California’s strict formaldehyde emissions standards for engineered hardwood flooring. Remember, all of Tesoro Woods’ no added urea-formaldehyde engineered wood flooring products contain less than 0.001ppm added urea-formaldehyde in the glues. See our Environmental Attribute Guide for all Tesoro Woods’ product certifications. Additional information is available upon request.

California’s state formaldehyde emissions standards



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3 Reasons to Love Hardwood Flooring

Tesoro Woods Hardwood Flooring | Reasons to Love Hardwood Flooring

Since today is Valentine’s Day, it’s time to spread the love, and your hardwood flooring deserves some love too! Wood flooring is one of the oldest and most durable flooring types in the world. It is often thought of as traditional flooring in homes, and is typically at the top of homeowners’ wish lists. So why is wood flooring so popular and desired? Because it’s easy to love! Here are three reasons to love hardwood flooring.

1. Hardwood Flooring is Beautiful

There’s a reason people aspire to have hardwood flooring in their homes – it looks great! One of the great things about wood flooring is that there is nearly an endless variety of options. Hardwood flooring comes in many different colors, styles, species and looks, which means it works in any room, in any home. Because of its immense variety, wood flooring never really goes out of style and is a great investment.

Tesoro Woods offers over 10 different species of wood, tons of different colors, a variety of surface textures, and multiple finishes and gloss levels. Take a look at all of our unique wood flooring products today.

Tesoro Woods Hardwood Flooring | Reasons to Love Hardwood Flooring
Hickory, Heather from the Coastal Lowlands Collection, 5″ Red Oak, Natural from the Great Northern Woods Collection, 3″ Santos Mahogany, Natural from the Great Southern Woods Collection

2. Hardwood Flooring is Durable

Hardwood flooring is tough and durable, especially certain species. Most homeowners only purchase wood flooring once for their home because hardwood flooring is so durable. Many home’s wood floors last so long because they can be refinished, unlike carpet or laminate. Even engineered wood flooring is quite durable and can often be refinished, while still being a more cost effective choice than solid hardwood flooring.

To determine how durable a wood floor is, use the Janka rating. Many exotic species, like those in Tesoro Woods’ Great Southern Woods Collection have a higher Janka rating, meaning they are more durable. The North American species, like those in Tesoro Woods’ Great Northern Woods Collection have a lower Janka rating, but are still quite durable and long-lasting.

Tesoro Woods Hardwood Flooring | Reasons to Love Hardwood Flooring
Janka Hardness Ratings

3. Hardwood Flooring is Sustainable

Forest Stewardship Council FSC CertifiedIt’s difficult to see how wood flooring can be considered sustainable or eco-friendly. Actually, hardwood flooring can be sustainable if the wood came from a sustainable source. Today, there are several environmentally responsible sources for wood products that are distinguished by independent certifications, with the current industry leader being the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).

Tesoro Woods believes forest certification allows consumers to use their purchasing power to support forestry practices that conserves forests for future generations. Many of our wood flooring products are FSC-certified, coming from well-managed forests. To learn about all of our certifications, see our Environmental Attribute Guide.

Tesoro Woods Hardwood Flooring | Reasons to Love Hardwood Flooring

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Flooring Trends for 2018

Tesoro Woods 2018 Flooring Trends Popular Flooring Wood Flooring

As 2017 is coming to an end, it’s time to look at the expected flooring trends for 2018. Everything from expected demand by flooring type, species, color and finish have been predicted. Peer into the crystal ball with us as we look at the 2018 flooring trends!

All data comes from the NWFA,

Flooring Type

Tesoro Woods 2018 Flooring Trends Flooring Type Demand
Yellow represents more demand, brown represents less demand

Expect to see a huge increase in demand for long boards, wide planks and engineered wood flooring in 2018. Imported species and solid flooring are predicted to see a decrease in demand next year.

The natural, rustic look is still going to be very popular in flooring. Continue looking for reclaimed flooring and other more sustainable flooring options that have an unfinished and distressed look.

Tesoro Woods 2018 Flooring Trends Flooring Type Demand
9″ Natural Pine and 7″ Natural Rift & Quartered White Oak
Natural, engineered, wide plank random length flooring

Flooring Species

Tesoro Woods 2018 Flooring Trends Flooring Species Demand
Yellow represents more demand, brown represents less demand

As the exotics wood species see less demand, many North American wood species such as White Oak and Hickory are expected to be in big demand.

Other non-wood species like bamboo and cork are expected to be less popular, despite the growing green building trend.

Tesoro Woods 2018 Flooring Trends Flooring Species Demand
6-1/2″ Hickory, Natural and 5″ White Oak, Natural

Flooring Colors

Tesoro Woods 2018 Flooring Trends Flooring Color Demand
Yellow represents more demand, brown represents less demand, wood color represents same demand

The popularity for dark colored floors are mostly expected to remain the same. 66% expect to see a consistent demand from 2017 continuing in 2018. Some believe that there is going to be more demand for the darker floors, while 11% say that there is going to be less of a demand.

Carrying over from this year, gray is still going to be an extremely popular color for home décor in 2018. Many (62%) expect to see more of a demand for gray colored flooring in 2018 compared to 2017. Only 5% predict a decrease in demand, and 33% expect the same demand for gray flooring.

Similar to the demand for dark colored floors, light colored floors are expected to remain the same. Just over 50% predict the same demand in 2018 for light floors. Light colored floors are expected to see the highest decrease in demand at 13%, while 33% say they predict an increase in demand next year.

Tesoro Woods 2018 Flooring Trends Flooring Color Demand Gray Flooring
7″ White Oak, Shadow Wood and 11-5/8″ Cork, Iceberg Troja

Flooring Finishes

Tesoro Woods 2018 Flooring Trends Flooring Finish Demand
Yellow represents more demand, brown represents less demand

When it comes to flooring finishes, not much is changing for 2017 to 2018. Expect to keep seeing a very low demand for high gloss floors and a very high demand for low gloss floors. Tesoro Woods has shifted both the Great Northern Woods Collection and the Great Southern Woods Collection products from a satin, 35 gloss level to a new matte 15 gloss level.

Keeping with the rise of the healthier, green building trend, water-based finishes and natural hardwax oil finishes are expected to be more popular in 2018. UV finishes are still going to be popular, especially as manufacturers begin using healthier, low or no VOC materials and do not add urea formaldehyde to their finishes and glues.

Tesoro Woods 2018 Flooring Trends Flooring Color Demand Gloss Finish Flooring
Old 3″ Caribbean Walnut in a Satin Gloss and New 3″ Caribbean Walnut in a Low Gloss
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A Tribute to William Jopling

William Jopling Jop Tesoro Woods TW Flooring Group

William Jopling, or more commonly known as Jop, was known to many as a flooring pioneer, but to us, his TW Flooring Group employees, he was so much more. Today is a difficult day for us because it’s the one year mark of Jop’s passing. Over the past year we’ve done a lot to honor Jop, including revitalizing one of his first companies, this company, but today we want to remember him for who he was.

Jop wasn’t just our boss, he was our friend, our mentor, our trusted leader, the glue in our little work family. Some of us knew and worked with Jop for 25 years, some of us for only a few months, but we can all say that Jop was very fond of the greetings “Yo” and “What’s up?”, he had his own unique style, he was someone you wanted to be around and know, and he was someone who was always there.

In honor of today, we all got together to think about what Jop was to us and now we’d like to share them with the world, all of our thoughts, our stories, our photos and our remembrances.

“I met Jop about 25 years ago when I was working at a mill. He just strolled in one day and asked me what we do here, so I showed him around. After that, Jop started sending us (Thompson Mahogany) more and more exotic wood flooring, then renting storage space, then renting office space. After he split with his partner, we partnered up to create Wood Flooring International and worked in a tiny little office at Thompson Mahogany.

We didn’t stay there long, the small WFI office was moved to the fourth floor of Jop’s house after a few months, where five employees ran the business. It was tight, up there on the fourth floor. One time I interviewed someone at the dining room table downstairs. Jop’s daughter, who was a year or two, came streaking through the dining room with her mom chasing after her, it was so embarrassing. Parking was a mess, too. We’d always be running out to the street to move our cars in the middle of the workday. We grew a lot from there.

All that time working together and he always started the day with the greeting ‘What’s up?’ He finished the day with ‘What a day’ or he would ask you as you were leaving for the day ‘What happened today?’”

William Jopling Jop Tesoro Woods TW Flooring Group
Jop and Andy in the WFI office (Feb. 2001). Jop and daughter, Zoey at home (early 2000’s),

“A typical day for me started with a call in the morning on his way in and a call late at night on his way home. He always greeted me the same way and what I wouldn’t give for one more ‘Yo, dude’.

I first met Jop when I was creating a private label wood line for the largest flooring distributor in the country. I had many suppliers that wanted to be part of this collection. I had heard about this guy named Bill Jopling who really knew hardwood flooring, so I called him and we set up an appointment. Jop and Andy walked into the meeting with no samples. Jop was wearing jeans, dress shirt hanging out, sandals and a hoodie. JOP STYLE! 2 hours later I knew this was my supplier. You only had to meet Jop once and know you wanted to be around him.”

William Jopling Jop Tesoro Woods TW Flooring Group
Omar and Jop at the WFI office (early 2000’s). Jop and Jose at a trade show (2015).

“We all loved Jop, he was more than just a boss, he was also a friend, a mentor and always ready to help you. Some of us got to know Jop really well and went through with him some really challenging times in the history of his businesses. But through it all, Jop always maintained a positive attitude and was determined to make it succeed, that did take a toll on him with countless hours of work that he put in to the company. It is because of the foundation he laid down for Tesoro that we are still here. As we remember him on the one year anniversary of his death, we pay tribute and honor him and not just in a professional level, for everything he has done for the flooring industry, but also on a personal level for the friend that he was. He is missed and will always have a place in my heart.”

William Jopling Jop Tesoro Woods TW Flooring Group

“Jop called me every Friday to see how business was for the week. He was a huge motivator for us all. The one thing he told me that I’ll always remember was “Just get one sale at a time!” Miss his enthusiasm and love for what he was doing.”

William Jopling Jop Tesoro Woods TW Flooring Group

“My mornings at work involved a ‘Yooo’ or a ‘What’s up?’ from Jop when he strolled in wearing jeans, a hoodie and sandals or socks or sometimes no shoes at all. He was my first real boss out of college and he definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. It wasn’t just the way he dressed or greeted me, it was how he always made it a point to check in with everyone every day, how he came up with these amazingly creative ideas and how he joked with all of us. I’ll always remember how Jop put so much time and effort into work, but he was still so carefree and happy. He did what he loved, so he created this relaxed atmosphere and comradery in the office – I miss that about him.”

William Jopling Jop Tesoro Woods TW Flooring Group
Jop in his early 20’s in Vermont with friends. Jop and Edi.

“I am in California travelling with our rep and Galleher staff. It is the day I am leaving to come home after being gone all week.

Jop calls and says, ‘We are flying to Costa Rica to visit a flooring factory so you need to get a plane ticket.’

‘When?’ I ask.

‘Today’ Jop replies.

‘What?! I don’t have clothes to travel to a flooring factory in Costa Rica! I only have clothes and shoes to call on customers, like long dress pants, dress shoes, and I have only packed for the days I have been here.’

‘Don’t worry’, in typical Jop fashion, ‘Just find a Goodwill store and buy some clothes!’”

William Jopling Jop Tesoro Woods TW Flooring Group
Jop with oldest son, Matt while traveling in Europe (summer 2016).

“I remember one time when Jop, his nephew and I were in a little 4-seat puddle jumper flying over the jungle, going from one remote sawmill in Guatemala to another one across the border in Belize. The pilot was flying low over the forest to stay out of turbulence, but it wasn’t working that well and the plane, which must have been at least 30 years old, was bucking. I was genuinely scared. But after one particularly bad bounce, I looked over at Jop and he looked back with that big Cheshire grin, enthusiastic like a little kid. The look on his face said it all – it said “these are the moments that make life fun.” And suddenly I was having fun, and we laughed the whole rest of the way to Belize. When we got there, we met with an old Texan who carried two .45’s in his belt to scare away thieves, at a mill where there were rastas sleeping on top of all of the machines. Later that afternoon we went swimming with sharks. We laughed together through the whole day.

Jop wasn’t just a friend and a teacher, he was a mentor for how to approach life. I miss that man. I always will.”

William Jopling Jop Tesoro Woods TW Flooring Group
Jop with daughter, Zoey and youngest son, Trevor (early 2000’s).

“I met Jop 22 years ago when I worked for Thompson Mahogany. I was young and ready to take on the world. He was older and established and had a presence that I could only wish to obtain. I learned a lot from him, how to think outside the box, the value of good marketing, always be ahead of everyone, and formal footwear in the summer is silly.

Jop was one of a kind. One of life’s great characters, and I’m blessed to have known him.”

William Jopling Jop Tesoro Woods TW Flooring Group

Obviously, Jop meant so much to all of us, and he continues to mean so much to us. We continue his work and his dream here at Tesoro Woods every day. To our boss, our mentor, our trusted leader, our friend: rest in peace, you’re always in our minds and hearts.

William Jopling Jop Tesoro Woods TW Flooring Group
Today, some of Jop’s employees, close friends and sister spent the afternoon remembering and toasting him with his favorite beer (Beck’s).










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World Bamboo Day 2017: 5 Ways Bamboo is Sustainable

Today is World Bamboo Day, so Tesoro Woods is sharing the five ways bamboo is sustainable! Tesoro Woods offers beautiful, eco-friendly bamboo flooring products that are perfect for any home.

  1. Bamboo is Rapidly Renewable

Did you know that bamboo is technically a grass? Actually, it’s the world’s fastest growing grass! A rapidly renewable material, bamboo grows for only five to seven years before it is harvested. Comparatively, hardwood grows for approximately 50 years before it can be harvested.

World Bamboo Day 2017 Bamboo Growth Rapidly Renewable

  1. Bamboo is a Natural, Plentiful Source

Bamboo can be harvested after growing for only five to seven years in the forests. After the bamboo is harvested from the forests, the root system remains intact to produce new shoots. Because of this, bamboo is not replanted once it’s cut.

  1. Bamboo has a Beautiful Appearance

Bamboo flooring doesn’t have to look like bamboo. Tesoro Woods’ bamboo flooring has a variety of floors, in different styles and colors. Tesoro Woods’ California Coast Strand Bamboo features six different products with a solid, strand woven construction and unique colors that resemble wood flooring.

World Bamboo Day 2017 Tesoro Woods Bamboo Flooring - Strand Bamboo Collection

  1. Bamboo Contains No VOCs

Tesoro Woods’ bamboo flooring contains no VOCs and no added formaldehyde. The California Coast Strand Bamboo Collection uses a low-VOC water-based finish to help severely limit the number of unsafe chemicals in your home.

  1. Bamboo has Natural Strength

Solid strand bamboo has a Janka hardness rating of 3,014lbf. Comparatively, Red Oak has a Janka hardness of 1260lbf, nearly half the strength of bamboo. Bamboo is naturally strong and rigid, making it a perfect building material.

Additionally, bamboo naturally resists mildew and insects. It also resists dust mites, making it a good choice for those who suffer from allergies.

World Bamboo Day 2017 Tesoro Woods Bamboo Flooring

Tesoro Woods is proud to offer beautiful, strong, sustainable bamboo that is perfect for your home. Contact us today to learn more about the available products at Tesoro Woods.­

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Rift & Quartered Grain, The Cleanest Traditional Look

What is Grain?

The grain you see on any piece of wood is actually the growth rings of the tree. These are created by the cycle of growth and dormancy a tree experiences with the change of seasons. Grain is the unique identifying marker of each and every tree on Earth. Every tree has differing growth experiences and therefore differing grain characteristics.

Milling Styles and Grain

Various milling techniques are used by timber mills to extract the lumber from a tree. The techniques may focus on efficient use of the raw materials, or highlighting the natural beauty of the wood.

Rift and quartered milling uses milling techniques to highlight the most beautiful grain patterning possible. Typically, rift and quartered is known to be a very traditional milling process. Flooring milled in this way is common in older homes and is what generally comes to mind when hearing “hardwood flooring”. However, it is achieved through one of the least common milling styles and is actually not as common as plain sawn flooring today. For more information on milling types.

Tesoro Woods Plain vs Quarter Sawn

Rift and Quartered Sawn

Rift and Quartered grain is achieved through a specific milling technique that differs from the more common, plain sawn style. Logs are cut with the grains intersecting the face of the board at an approximate 60-degree angle. The log is sawn into four quarters and each quarter of the log is sawn perpendicular to the growth rings at an angle, therefore being named rift and quartered. This creates the traditional long lined grain that rift and quartered is known for.

Tesoro Woods Great Northern Woods, White Oak 3" Rift and Quartered Grain
Great Northern Woods’ 3″ White Oak, Natural Rift & Quartered

Rift and Quartered Grain

Another distinct attribute of rift and quartered hardwood is the presentation of medullary rays. Medullary rays are the cellular structures found in woods, consisting of small capillaries inside wood that run from the center of the tree to the outer growth ring. When quarter sawn, they create a wavy, ribbon-like effect in the board known as “flecking”. Hardwood only has a straight grain with flecking when sawn into four quarters and cut at a 60-degree angle. In other words, only rift and quartered grain can have a straight grain with flecking because of how it’s milled.

Tesoro Woods Great Northern Woods Natural Rift and Quartered Grain, 5" Maple, 3" Red Oak, 3" Walnut, 5" Red Oak
Great Northern Woods 5″ Maple, 3″ Red Oak, 3″ Walnut and 5″ Red Oak

Many wood species can be cut in a rift and quartered grain; it is often known to be more stable with less expansion and contraction cause by changes in temperature and humidity. Making it more desirable and usable in a wider range of applications. While rift and quartered grain is most common with White Oak, Tesoro Woods’ Great Northern Woods Collection features four North American species in rift and quartered grain in both 3” and 5” widths.