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Seasonal Floor Care and Maintenance

‘Tis the season for family and friend gatherings, winter weather and proper floor care and maintenance. As the holidays and winter approach, maintaining your hardwood or bamboo floor is essential. Prepare for moisture, salt, decorations and extra shoes now to keep your floor looking beautiful longer!

1. Use Mats

When the snow starts falling or lots of guests come in your home, extra mats are essential. Place mats by entryways for shoes as well as wet coats. Mats will help prevent moisture from sitting on your hardwood or bamboo floor, as well as keep debris like ice and salt off your floor to ruin the finish or leave a stain. Clean your mats frequently, as well as under the mats to make sure no liquid or debris is trapped underneath.

Great Northern Woods, 5″ N. American White Oak

One thing people often forget is to protect their floor from is their Christmas tree! Tree skirts are fun and decorative, but a tree mat will work better. An extra mat under your tree stand will help keep tree sap and pine needles from covering and potentially damaging your hardwood.

2. Clean Smarter

Don’t clean harder, clean smarter in the winter. Salt and ice melt are stronger than your everyday dirt and debris, so your everyday hardwood and bamboo floor cleaners won’t be as effective. Look for a winter floor neutralizing solution to remove salt and ice melt. Always be sure to read the cleaner’s instructions and test in an inconspicuous area. Tesoro Woods recommends Bona PowerPlus Deep Clean for our hardwood floors in the winter.

3. Humidifiers

In most areas of the country the air becomes dryer in the winter months. Many forced air heating systems can dry the air even more. Heating and maintaining humidity evenly is key to extending the life of your floor. Moisture will cause your flooring to expand while dry air will make your flooring contract. Remember, wood and bamboo are natural products, so it will happen if humidity levels in your home aren’t controlled.

Using whole home humidifiers will help control your home’s humidity level. These can be room size models or installed as part of your forced air heating system. Contact an HVAC professional to recommend the appropriate one for your system. An ideal humidity level should be between 40% to 60%.

4. Limit Foot Traffic with Rugs

Like mats, rugs will help limit foot traffic directly on your floor and help decorate your home. No floor is “scratch-proof”, so when guests arrive for the holiday, rugs can limit damage to your floor from shoes and debris, and they make your home feel cozy. Shop FloorsUSA and Hagopian online, they are authorized Tesoro Woods dealers who sell rugs across the country.

Coastal Lowlands, Hickory Porter

If you’re getting a rug for your floor, get a felt rug pad with a rubberized back as well. The pad will provide some added cushion to absorb the impact from traffic, extend the life of your rug and prevent damage to your floor. Just be sure to clean and dry your rugs regularly to remove all winter debris like salt and ice.

5. Soak Up Liquids with Towels or a Dry Mop

We all know that moisture on wood floors should be avoided. Excess moisture can warp floors and cause gaps between floor boards, so be prepared to wipe them up as soon as possible. Have towels or a dry mop ready to clean any drips or melted ice. Shoe mats will help collect any moisture, keeping it off of your floor, but always be prepared for those little puddles when the temperature drops.

Keep in mind that any pets that go in and out of your home can track in extra moisture too. Always dry off paws and fur before they drip all over your hardwood or bamboo floor. A towel, mat, rug or dry mop by the back door is always a good idea!

More care and maintenance information for Tesoro Woods’ floors is available here. As long as you take care of your floor in the winter months, it will look beautiful for years to come!

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4 Reasons to Choose Bamboo Flooring

Tesoro Woods | Four Reasons to Choose Bamboo Flooring

Becoming more and more popular amongst homeowners, bamboo flooring is an excellent flooring choice that’s actually been on the market for decades. If you have an active family or are just in search of a uniquely beautiful and safe, sustainable floor, consider getting a bamboo floor. Here are four reasons to choose bamboo flooring for your home.

1. Bamboo flooring can have many different looks

It’s a common belief that bamboo flooring has a very set look and style. After being on the market for over 20 years, things have changed. Today, bamboo flooring isn’t all bland, strand grain, natural yellow or orange carbonized, not with MOSO® Bamboo Products.

Tesoro Woods Super-Strand Bamboo FlooringWith MOSO® Bamboo Products, Tesoro Woods offers 7 unique bamboo flooring products, with different colors and different surface textures. Designed in the Netherlands, MOSO® Bamboo Products offers bamboo flooring with a wood flooring look, a rough look and a smooth, natural look. All products are still strand woven and strand grain, but they are definitely not bland.

Take a look at all of our unique bamboo flooring products today.

2. Bamboo flooring is very durable

When strands of bamboo get woven together and then pressed and glued by a heater to make one solid layer of flooring, it’s a durable floor. To determine how durable a floor is, use the Janka rating. Bamboo has one of the highest Janka ratings, at 3014, much higher than your typical hardwood floors. And unlike many wood floors, bamboo floors are often resistant to dents and scratches, making them a smart choice for busy households and with pets.

Tesoro Woods Janka Hardness Wood Flooring and Bamboo Flooring

3. Bamboo flooring is rapidly renewable and safe

Bamboo is technically a grass, and is actually one of the fastest growing plants in the world. During the growing season, bamboo can grow up to 3 feet per day and can reach up to 65 feet within a couple of months. Talk about a rapidly renewable resource!

Tesoro Woods Super-Strand Bamboo Flooring by MOSO Bamboo Products

Throughout its lifespan, all MOSO® Bamboo Products’ bamboo floors are CO2 negative, meaning that the plant will actually absorb more carbon dioxide than the production process will create. During the production process, the glues used are safe, no urea formaldehyde is added and the products contain less than 0.001 parts per million (ppm) VOCs to be considered No VOC.

Coming out of the Netherlands, the Super-Strand Bamboo Collection has been certified by many European organizations, meeting very high standards. Learn more about MOSO® Bamboo Products’ European standards on our Indoor Air Quality Guide. To learn about our certifications, see our Environmental Attribute Guide.

4. Bamboo flooring is very dimensionally stable

It’s important to know that not all bamboo floors are created equal. Many people think that bamboo is very susceptible to water and humidity, and isn’t that durable or stable because it’s poorly made in China. While MOSO® Bamboo Products produces bamboo flooring in China, they have control over the production process from beginning to end because they have a professional organization in China. With production oversight, a unique production process and specific product testing, MOSO® Bamboo Products’ bamboo flooring changes the way you should think about bamboo.

Tesoro Woods | Super-Strand Bamboo by MOSO Bamboo Products Collection, Caramel | MOSO Bamboo Flooring

All Super-Strand Bamboo Collection products are assembled as High Density®. In this unique production process, the bamboo strips are crushed before being glued under extremely high pressure. After treating and drying, the strips are compressed and glued under high pressure. The result is a floor that is one solid layer and even harder than the best tropical hardwood species, increasing the density by about 20lbs/ft3.

When you talk about moisture susceptibility (shrinking or swelling), you’re really talking about the stability of the material. MOSO® Bamboo Products has developed a very extreme test to get an indication of products’ stability. After measuring the thickness, they put a sample in boiling water and measure it again, seeing how much the thickness has changed. For the Super-Strand Bamboo Collection, they allow 10% which sounds like a lot, but actually isn’t (remember, this is only under very extreme conditions). Comparatively, the “standard” strand woven quality normally has a change between 20% to 50%, 2 to 5 times higher than MOSO® Bamboo Products’.

Our Super-Strand Bamboo Collection is a new, innovative line of bamboo flooring products that is perfect in active homes and with pets, a great sustainable flooring option and a quality material that will hold up in some of the most extreme situations. Buy your new bamboo floor today!

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Aluminum Oxide Finish and Your Health

Aluminum oxide finished flooring, it sounds scary and harmful, but really, it’s both very safe and durable! If you are looking for a floor that is safe and has great durability, aluminum oxide finish should be your top choice. In fact, aluminum oxide pre-finished wood floors are the most preferred floors today. That’s because flooring with an aluminum oxide finish has a hard, scratch resistant layer and is often well-tolerated, even by chemically sensitive people.

What is Aluminum Oxide?

Aluminum oxide is a naturally occurring element, a chemical compound of aluminum and oxygen in a crystal form. Aluminum oxide in its natural crystal form occurs as ruby and sapphire gemstones. But more commonly, it’s used as an abrasive for sandpaper and to produce aluminum metal.

Tesoro Woods | Aluminum Oxide Finish and Your Health

 

Once it’s ground up, the powder is used as an additive to water-based urethane finishes. The ground up aluminum oxide is designed to add a hard, durable, scratch resistant layer to flooring. The finish penetrates the upper layers of the wood, which not only enhances the grain, but resists scratching from normal use. Typically, the number of coats of aluminum oxide will range from 5-10 layers for most flooring products.

Aluminum Oxide Finish and Your Health

One extra perk is the finish will guard against oxidization and seals the board’s top surface. It’s almost like an additional shield to the wood. An aluminum oxide finish will really help protect your floor from everyday use over the years.

Aluminum Oxide Finish and Off-Gassing

Off-gassing is always a big concern with engineered flooring. Pre-finished aluminum oxide floors are actually quite safe in terms of off-gassing, in that they don’t really off-gas! One benefit of buying a pre-finished aluminum oxide finished floor is that it’s very durable because they boards are UV-cured, or baked at the mill. Site-finished floors are a different story; they can off-gas and have a weaker scratch resistant layer because they aren’t UV-cured at the mill.

Tesoro Woods | Aluminum Oxide Finish and Your Health
Pre-finished Brazilian Cherry 3″ from the Great Southern Woods Collection

Re-finishing an aluminum oxide finished floor on site can be difficult, as with all floors, between the dust and fumes. However, because aluminum oxide finish is so durable, it’s less likely that re-finishing will be necessary, especially if the floor is maintained.

Tesoro Woods recommends spot re-touching if possible because it’s much safer and less expensive than re-finishing. See our care and maintenance page for full instructions on cleaning and maintaining your floor.

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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.

One of the first thing to decide when purchasing wood flooring is to decide between solid or engineered flooring.

More often than not, your site conditions will make this decision for you. If you have a concrete subfloor you will likely have to use an engineered wood, because it can be glued or floated to or over the concrete. Solid wood flooring must be nailed down. Nailing into concrete is just not possible.

Solid wood flooring is exactly what you think it is, one solid piece of wood. Because it’s one piece, solid hardwood flooring is more susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity, especially in wide widths. The conventional wisdom is that solid hardwood is better because it can be sanded down refinished more times than engineered wood flooring. However, modern factory applied finishes make refinishing a very rare necessity. In reality, most people will move or change the flooring before it ever needs refinishing. Solid wood flooring is also less sustainable, and often more expensive than engineered wood, because it uses more of the premium, expensive lumber.

Engineered wood flooring is real wood flooring that’s usually made from a multi-layer softwood base, and a hardwood veneer. Because of its layers, engineered wood flooring is more dimensionally stable (resistant to changes in temperature and humidity), and can be installed on virtually any substrate. Even radiant heat, with approved species. One of the common misconceptions about engineered wood is that it can’t be sanded down and refinished (see above about refinishing). Should you find that your floors need to be refinished, the number of potential refinishings will depending on the thickness of the wear layer, and the skill of your refinishing professional. There are also “dustless refinishing” and resurfacing options, that do not remove any wood, and are much less impactful on your home.

Ultimately, whether or not the floor can be refinished is not a useful precept on which to choose a floor. Flooring is fashion, and you should decide which floor to buy, on whether you like the look and style of the floor. See below for more guidance on what makes floors visually different.

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 a factory applied stain. 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. Natural wood tones are more likely to change color and shade with exposure to light, but there really is nothing more beautiful than natural aged wood.

The wood species also 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 have more muted grain patterns, while Oaks and Hickories have more strong, dramatic grain patterns. All species will have knots and mineral streaks. Although, lumber manufacturers often sort lumber into different “grade” by the appearance of natural character in the wood, such as knots, edge grain, sap-wood, mineral streaks, and holes.

Different methods of milling will also have an effect on the appearance of the grain. Rift & Quarter, sawn face, sliced, and rotary peeled to name a few. Most of the bargain priced engineered wood on the market is rotary peeled, which gives a stretched and distorted grain pattern.

Thickness & Hardness

The overall thickness of an engineered wood floor, has very little bearing on the performance of the floor. A thicker veneer, and more layers of substrate are most critical in dimensional stability of the floor. I.e. limiting expansion and contraction, and making the floor more suitable for different climate conditions. It is best to choose the thickest wear layer you can afford. However, it really won’t make that much difference.

Learn more about wear layers here.

Wood hardness varies greatly depending on the species of wood. The most common measure of wood hardness is the Janka Scale. This is a measure of wood species density, or resistance to denting. It is not the be all, end all of wood durability. Pine and Walnut tend to be softer and more vulnerable to scratches and dents, while many exotics or Hickory are denser. Look for the Janka rating in the product specifications to determine the hardness of a particular species of wood. But also keep in mind that janka hardness is not the be all, end all of wood durability. For example, Maple, and Brazilian cherry are technically much harder than Oak. Yet because of Oak’s strong grain pattern it hides scratches and dents much better than Maple or Brazillian cherry. What’s more the finish on most woof floors are very similar, and will all scratch to roughly the same degree. Regardless of a wood’s “hardness”. Again, the Janka scale is a guideline. It should not be used as a sole decision factor.

 

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

Grain

What is often referred to as wood grain, is actually the markers of annual growth of a tree, or rings. (insert image of tree rings) Each ring is the end of a year’s growth, usually the winter, in colder climates. Exotic wood species, have less visible grain, because they have a year-round growing season.

How the grain appears on a board of wood is affected by the way in which the lumber is cut from the tree. Milling techniques like rift & quarter, sawn face, sliced, and rotary peeled are also the types of grain. Most of the bargain priced engineered wood on the market is rotary peeled, which gives a stretched and distorted grain pattern.  Some common wood flooring milling methods are listed below:

  • 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)

Grade

Lumber mills and flooring manufacturers often sort lumber into different grades by the appearance of natural character in the wood, such as knots, edge grain, sap-wood, mineral streaks, and holes.

  • 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.

There are several other grades than what we have listed here, but these are the most common.

Tesoro Woods | 2018 Hardwood Flooring Buying Guide | Grades
Rustic Grade (Coastal Lowlands, Hickory Grain), Select Grade (Great Southern Woods, Royal Mahogany)

Edges & Ends

Most factory finished wood flooring has a beveled edge to allow for slight variations in thickness of the planks, and imperfections in the subfloor. Since it will not be sanded on site to remove these. Tesoro Woods has two edge options:

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

Finishes

  • 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. Oil finishes have increased in popularity over the years mainly due to a movement towards low sheens and more natural aesthetics. The Brushed Patina Collection features oiled finished floors.
  • Urethane: A water-based, modern day finish that limits chemicals and VOCs in homes.
  • Aluminum Oxide: Aluminum oxide is a naturally occurring element, typically found in a crystal form, and used as an abrasive for sandpaper. It is ground up and the powder is used as an additive to water-based urethane finishes that’s designed to add a hard, durable, scratch resistant layer. Additionally, UV-cured aluminum oxide finishes, which are modified urethane finishes, are often well-tolerated, even by chemically sensitive individuals.

Glosses

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, http://bit.ly/2A26ZPC

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