A New Method: Wood Flooring from Wine Barrels

While the demands of wood flooring is increasing day by day, Joe Triglia who owns the Jubilee flooring in Long Island, has been working on how to turn the discarded wine barrels into nice wood flooring. Now the US Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory has come forward helping him to achieve the quest.

Most of the wine barrels in the United States are made of white oak. The industry uses those for 1 to 5 years. It is notable that the barrels that are discarded are a significant source of wood. While most of the people don’t think about the fate of these barrels, Triglia thought there is a great chance of reusing these woods. Why not use the barrels to make something more valuable?

However, turning these barrels into wood flooring needs to have knowledge on straightening wood. So Triglia went for the solutions through internet and stopped by a research paper that is authored by John Hunt, Forest Products Lab engineer. The paper describes using microwave drying process in straighten lumber. Triglia found it very useful and he said this is what he was looking for.

The Triglia went to the Forest Products Lab; and together with Hunt, he experimented with the pilot-scale equipment. The results were very impressive. They found how to move these waste materials into valued products. According to Triglia, this was a great partnership, a perfect example when industry and government work together. They were able to use this research outputs for a commercial application.

After patenting this new method, Triglia is now working on developing an agreement with Hunt to continue their surprising partnership. He said, “Often new ideas come on our head, but we don’t have the technical support. Coming to the lab was a revelation for me and this place is what I needed.

Ceiling decoration with artistic medallions

From the 14th century artistic medallions have become most important part in decoration. Beautiful medallions can be made of wood or metal with different style. Anyone can change the whole outlook of his living place with a simple touch of stylish medallions. It’s not so tough to place medallions even in ceiling decoration. Here’s straight easy way to go for installing ceiling medallions.

First of all you’ll be needed essential tools and materials. The medallion that will suit your decoration perfectly, needle-nose pliers, wire nuts, circuit tester, screws, paintable latex caulk, adhesive caulk, spackle or wood filter, putty knife, paintbrush and paint in desired color and drill with countersink bit will be enough. Now you’re ready to start installing.

Turn off power at circuit before you do anything. Loosen escutcheon plate and remove it. After disconnecting wire nuts put your circuit tester on the wire and be sure about the power is actually off. Then remove your existing fixture.

You’ll have to drill into your medallion with countersink bit.
These pilot holes will recess screw heads with a finished, clean look. Also, you can paint the medallion after drilling. Face down the decorative side when threading fixture chain and wiring through medallion.

Securely reconnect electrical wires, hang fixture chains and close any gap. Best to use a heavy adhesive caulk in the back and then press the medallion against ceiling. Don’t over-tighten the screws just secure the medallion with ceiling. Make sure screws will hold the medallion until adhesive dries.

Use the paintable latex caulk to caulk gaps around medallion perimeter. Patch the screw heads securely. When patching compound dries use lightly sand with the paint that will help to increase the strength.

It may seem difficult to choose one from various artistic medallions. Choose one wisely which will perfectly present your taste and match with decoration.

Decorate home with Hardwood flooring

Hardwood floors not only add warmth and beauty in any room it also increase the value of home. Anyone can choose from variety of hardwood flooring styles which includes domestic and exotic species, bamboo and cork. Too get best service, prefinished hardwood floors that are already stained and finished with a coating is preferable than the most of the site applied finishes.
Hardwood floors are available in the multiple constructions and can be installed in any level of the home even in different subfloors. In order to install hardwood flooring, it’s important to take the moisture in consideration. Moister can create warping and gapping in the hardwood flooring. To minimize the moisture effect, follow the manufactures recommendation and choose right construction and installation methods. In protection, a moisture barrier can be added as additional layer.
Hardwood flooring can be added over three primary subfloors – Concrete below ground level or basement, Ground level concrete, Plywood subfloor at or above ground level. Each primary subfloor can be constructed with four hardwood flooring.
1. 3/4-in. Solid: Most of the people usually use ¾-in. thick solid piece of hardwood floor. This type of hardwood flooring can be installed over a plywood subfloor at the ground level or above.
2. 5/6-in. Solid: It’s the thinner version of ¾-in. floor. It can be installed to concrete at ground level or over plywood at or above ground level.
3. Engineered Hardwood: Engineered hardwood floors are designed to install over concrete and to minimize the moisture effects. This cross-layer construction prevents expunction of floor. This type of floor can be installed anywhere including basement. It’s also cheaper and more environment friendly than others.
4. Locking Hardwood: Locking hardwood floors are engineered floor with advancement. These floors come with advantage of a locking tongue and groove system. You don’t need any nails, staples or glue to install it. Just roll out the moisture barrier underlayment and lock the planks into place.

Artistic Medallions are a Great Tools for Decoration

Since the 14th century when Antonio Pisano of Rome brought the fine artistic medallion for the first time, these kinds of medallions have been one of the most important tools for home decoration. The art medallions casted by Romans were not to be worn and those were used for decoration. They would use bronze or very similar metal alloys in the construction of the medallions.

However, bronze or metal alloys are not only the substances that are used to cast artistic medallions. Now-a-days, artistic medallions made by wood are very popular and cheaper, and they even look better, have become one of the smart choices for home decoration. The installation of these wood-made medallions is very easy to process.

PVC, fiberglass and other high-impact materials are also used to cast the medallions and these materials assure that the medallions won’t deform over the time. These lightweight and easy to install medallions have become one the nice solutions for interior and exterior for most of the families.

The design can be had with different shape, squire, round, rectangle, star and oval. Colors include gold, silver, wood-like and bronze. Artistic medallions with a perfect combination of shape and color will give a classic-elegance-luxury look to your home. However, artistic medallions not only enhance the beauty of your home, but it can also be used in hotels, restaurants, office and many more.

Nice artistic medallions are not very difficult to find, however it may be difficult to choose nice design from so many amazingly designed medallions. Choose medallion designs and colors that would match your existing flooring.

Wood Floor Care and Maintenance

Keep Your Wood Floor Clean-Sand and dirt will scratch and wear any flooring material. Use mats and rugs both indoors and outdoors at entryways to minimize the amount of dirt and sand tracked onto your floor. Vacuum regularly to remove sand and dirt from your floor to prevent scratching and wear.

Protect your Wood floor Against High Traffic-In areas such as hallways and stairways, consider the use of a runner to protect against excessive wear. If an area of high traffic shows excessive wear, it is always easier to screen and recoat the floor before the damage becomes too severe, at which point the floor would need to be sanded and completely refinished.

Protect your wood flooring when moving heavy object-Use a blanket or moving pad under furniture and other heavy objects, and carefully slide the object to avoid denting and scratching.

Avoid Liquid spills- Water and other liquids pose a huge threat to your wood floor. Wipe-up all spills immediately with a damp(not wet) rag.

Use appropriate Cleaning and Maintenance Products- There are many products on the market designed to clean and maintain wood floors. Avoid wet mopping and the use of oil soaps, both of which can cause warping/cupping of your wood floor.

Control Humidity- Water also poses a threat to your wood floor in the form of humidity. Relative Humidity (RH) should be kept between 35% and 65%, with 45% – 55% being ideal range. RH can be measured with the use of an inexpensive device called hygrometer.

Avoid Spike Heels and Pet Nails- Both of which can scratch and dent your floor.

Hardwood Medallions

Hardwood Medallions

The artistic medallions are all hand-crafted from the same species of hardwood that are offered as tongue and groove (T&G) flooring. These units are preassembled, presanded and sealed, on a furniture-grade plywood backing for easy installation. There are many different designs, and have many more available on special order.

All medallions are sold presanded and sealed to match beautifully with new or existing hardwood flooring. Can also create custom inlays to the specifications of the discriminating customer; from company logos and insignias to exquisite artisanal designs that span the entire floor. [Read more…]

WoodBoo and Bamboo

WoodBoo and Bamboo

WoodBoo is a revolutionary line engineered flooring products that employ a hardwood wear layer over a multi-ply Bamboo substrate. These prefinished products feature a small microbevel and are suitable for residential and light commercial use.

WoodBoo’s conceptual ingenuity is its combination of certified and rapidly-renewable materials with Low VOC emissions; its mechanical ingenuity is clearly illustrated by a cross section of the product.

WFI Bamboo is a high-performance prefinished product manufactured with better raw materials and a higher level of quality control than the competition. It features rapidly-renewable materials assembled with a Low VOC adhesive.

In addition to classic bamboo configurations, WFI Bamboo is also available as a strandwoven product for a unqiue look and penultimate durability – twice the density and hardness of normal bamboo products (2800 Janka).

Sika Adhesive Systems

Sika Adhesive Systems

Sika brand wood floor are engineered for outstanding performance as well as environmental responsibility, making them ideal for Green Building projects.

Sika brand adhesive systems bond both solid and engineered wood flooring directly to concrete, gypsum, plywood, or nearly any other stable substrate. In addition, these products have excellent sound dampening qualities and are compatible with radiant heat.

Sika brand adhesive systems are manufacturer-recommended for use with all brand wood flooring, and can help earn one LEED point for low-emitting materials (EQc4.1). [Read more…]

Exotic Hardwood Flooring

Exotic Hardwood Flooring

Exotic Hardwood Collection encompasses some of the most unique and beautiful species in the world. Most of these species have high Janka ratings, making these wood flooring products many times more dent-resistant than standard oaks.
All of the tongue and groove (T&G) exotic flooring is premium grade, environmentally responsible, and manufactured to the highest standards. Many of these products are available 100% FSC Certified, making them ideal for LEED Certified and Green Building projects. Using our FSC certified exotics can contribute to points in the LEED certification of a building project (MRc7). [Read more…]

Domestic Hardwood Flooring

Domestic Hardwood Flooring

Domestic Hardwood Collection is where high-quality meets “green”. All domestic wood species that we offer are available 100% FSC Certified. This allows you to capture a traditional look while doing your part for the environment.

All of the tongue and groove (T&G) domestic flooring is available in multiple grades, from regional wood species, and manufactured to the highest standards. These products are ideal for LEED Certified and Green Building projects. Using our FSC certified domestics can contribute to points in the LEED certification of a building project (MRc7 and MRc5). [Read more…]