Engineered, Laminate, Vinyl and Carpet are all sources of VOC
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are gases that are emitted into the air from products or processes. Some are harmful by themselves, including some that cause cancer. In addition, they can react with other gases and form other air pollutants after they are in the air.
Where do VOCs come from?
These compounds can be found inside and out, some sources continue to produce VOCs after they are in your home such as formaldehyde. In building materials, the sources will be; Paint, paint strippers varnishes and finishes, caulks and sealants, adhesives, engineered and pressed wood, carpet, laminate and vinyl.
The big problem is the that our flooring market is absolutely control by a very few multi-national NYSE listed companies that have invented an ingenious way to convince the public that fake is better than real. So, we cut down our timber ship it to China where it is turned into any number of single-use floor covers such as veneers for engineered wood and microfilm for the most dishonest product on t the market, ever…laminate. The fact is that our (United States) shift to single-use floor covers is the largest wealth grab since the housing crisis.
To be clear China is not the problem, the problem is us, the consumers that accept what is not logical. How about that China is the number #1 exporter of wood with just under one 33% going to the United States? No big deal right China sells us everything, but wait China is also #1 in imports which is a very interesting business model to say the least. So yes, we send our trees to Vietnam and China so we re-import (rimport, if you will) with no regulation regarding chemicals etc. Fantastic job lobbyist.
Pre-conditioning solid wood floors prevents "splotchy" finish
Believe it or not there are flooring "professionals" that do not want take the time to pre-condition or even sand your new solid floors before that throw some stain on those boards! Real wood takes time, time is money and flooring installers/finishers like money just as much as anyone else. So it is no wonder they all push engineered or laminate- to lick and stick down in one day, to be repeated in 5-7 years as well.
Now throw into the mix you did not buy the floor from the people installing and or finishing your boards. They are going to discover a quality of pine which they have never seen much less worked with...see where there might be an issue? The example above is much worse than these pictures make it seem, for complete story from homeowner click right here to read the final review.
Pre-conditioning should be used on any unfinished solid wood floor
Mr. Davis Austin is a Retired pine finisher extraordinaire. He is at the top of list we use to help diagnose and solve finish and install questions.
What is the best finish for pine?
What is the best way to finish pine floors?
The following is checklist informally go through with our callers to help decide what is best for using pine floors from SYP Direct, not pine in general. Remember we sell Alabama Longleaf Heart Pine, new Heart Pine or Character Knotty Pine with the colors of Heart Pine...this is not yellow or white.
So once these questions have been answered we can easily direct you to a product, or a product line. We love Monocoat from Rubio and Waterlox as both offer characteristics that are popular with our clients. For example, Monocoat is a plant based zero VOC easy to fix finish and Waterlox has amazing Tung Oils with resin compound that tints and protects.
The depends on a number of variables including but not limited to the traffic!
The first photo is from 'rave type' bar in Indianapolis, the SKY Bar 247 Indianapolis and those of you about to visit the Hoosier state capital, click the picture which is 1 x10 Knotty Pine with a dark finish. The next up with the reflection is Caribbean Heart Pine with a Gloss clear coat poly, no kidding that all.
The next two are the Mercantile Antique Shop in Knightsdale, NC again click the picture to visit their Facebook site. The final picture is 7" Caribbean Heart Pine finished in zero VOC Monocoat, yes 7". The average length was over 7', let me say that one again, average board is over 7' with 12' and 10' in most bundles. Investors special, it is literally making money while you walk on it and like all the others, they are the last floor for your house, bar or retail location.
Jason Howard "There is never a reason to buy engineered wood unless you are an apartment or hospital." Need help with a local contractor? Contact ASAP, I can and will help with representation or provide local options from our network.
Whitewashing Southern Yellow Pine Flooring
White washing is nothing new, its origins were as a protection for the wood. A lime solution was used to protect all types of wood from insects. Today if you are white washing a floor, you have a wider and safer variety of choices. White washing works great with our Knotty Pine as the relative porous nature of pine allows the finish to penetrate and protect rather than sitting on top.
Whether or not you want to seal your whitewashed knotty pine depends on how the wood will be used. Walls or trim can be allowed to age naturally, while flooring, should be sealed with a clear protective coat to keep it nice and White (washed)! WE prefer to use brush-on coat of acrylic or polyurethane sealer, use one to two coats of sealer on floors that will be gently used. Let the sealer dry completely, sanding with 100-grit sandpaper and wiping off the dust between coats.
Rustic Knotty Pine with Waterlox finish
We finished a garage apartment with #2 knotty pine and are just love the way it turned out. We were skeptical at first because the price was so good, but pleasantly surprised when the flooring arrived. We wanted a natural look so finished it with 4 coats of Waterlox. Heather was extremely helpful, ordering and shipping was easy. We over-ordered so used the excess to make a sliding bedroom door and small storage area doors. Everyone who visits comments on and asks where we got our flooring, and of course we tell them! We are looking forward to our next project and working with Heather and Jason again.
What is Waterlox?
Waterlox is essentially a Pure Tung oil that has been modified with a type of resin that take advantage of the deep penetration of Tung oil with resin material to protect the wood on the surface without the necessity of being recoated so often. And Yes, you can put a Urethane based coat on top of Tung oil but it looks fake and if you break through it the pure Tung oil has not cured properly and finish will fail.
However, Waterlox Tung Oil based, the Original Sealers penetrate into the pores of the wood and build up to a coating that both guards and strengthens the wood. Best of all, they are easier to restore and re-coat. And without tung oil, Waterlox extraordinary finishes wouldn’t be possible.
Our favorite Waterlox product is the color infused products which are part of a two step process as shown above in the gallery. Notice the edges, that is not a bevel nor is it separation- it is an undercoating such as Ebony infused tung oil or in the case of these floors from Bayou Rustics, Monocoat from Rubio
"Waterlox Original sealers and finishes bring out the beauty in wood floors, cabinets, counter-tops, furniture and woodworking projects. Our resin-modified Tung Oil products penetrate deep into wood to literally lock out water and provide a rich, distinctive finish that is easy to maintain. Available in satin, medium and gloss sheen (s)." (Waterlox Originals)
Antique versus Antique Heart Pine
Antiqued is not Antique, the d really does matter! Antiqued is a finish style not an age description, which can be confusing if you are not aware of that small difference. Know your source if you go with Antique flooring.
As for our buying Heart Pine "antiquing" it, that is where our former customers come in, as they have sent us pictures of every kind of age creation you can imagine. We have also spent a great deal of time in house learning tricks we pass on as you prepare for finish and installation.
Know your source, see the materials, and understand the provenance. Provenance- From Webster’s Dictionary; origin or area of origin. Above is one of our favorite all time customer floors. Jen E in CT put this amazing look wide plank Caribbean Heart Pine floor together using 4 colors and custom edging. It looks like it came from a pirate ship when you see it up close- So much character and color variations- Gorgeous!
If you have questions about a source, give us a call and we can guide you through buying locally or find you something better, but wherever you buy we keep them honest. Find out more about Southern Yellow Pine Direct including our ‘small batch’ Antique Reclaimed Heart Pine and our substitute or ‘look alike’ Caribbean Heart Pine.
Jason Howard is the sales manager and co-founder of SYP Direct email Jason Directly
J Howard, Co-founder of Southern Yellow Pine Direct. "One House, One Floor. "