The companies on the following pages—all advertisers in the August/September 2019 issue—have made impressive inroads toward protecting the wellbeing of consumers and wood flooring professionals, as well as the health of the global environmental overall. See below to discover how they have adopted environmental sustainability as a bedrock of their businesses.
PolyWhey 3500 provides mar- and scratch-resistance and stands up to the rigorous cleaning required of daily use, the company says. It has a neutral odor, is quick-drying and has easy cleanup, the company adds. It is designed for all commercial and heavy-traffic residential interior hardwood floors.
Osmo Holz und Color GmbH & Co. KG
As a responsible manufacturer of wood finishes, Osmo is committed to developing its products to meet the challenges of modern environment protection, it says. For its wood finishes, Osmo uses natural oils and hardwaxes that are sourced from renewable raw materials. Osmo products are certified according to ISO 14001 (environmental management systems).
Stauf USA LLC
Stauf started its green initiative long ago, as it wanted to be at the forefront of the movement. Today, almost all of its products in the United States and Europe meet or exceed SCAQMD 1168 standards. The company says there isn't a way to get any greener and still be called an adhesive.
Delmhorst Instrument Co.
Delmhorst Instrument Co.'s TotalCheck Wood Flooring Package features the TotalCheck three-in-one moisture meter, 26-ES slide-hammer electrode, 2-E short- pin electrode, RH/T-S1 RH sensor, and MCS-1 moisture content standard. The package comes in a carrying case.
DriTac Flooring Products LLC
DriTac's 8400 EnviroTread series is a line of sustainable green, acoustical abatement recycled rubber flooring underlayment made from post-consumer and post-industrial waste, including recycled tires, the company says. It is available in three thicknesses: DriTac 8402 (2 mm), 8405 (5 mm) and 8410 (10 mm), and can be installed under hardwood.
Natura Elite by FloorMuffler is an acoustic underlayment and moisture barrier for use under hardwood, laminate and engineered flooring. It is made from 98% recycled fiber core, is environmentally friendly and provides excellent acoustic ratings of IIC up to 70, STC up to 65, and Delta IIC up to 21, the company says. It can be used in floating and nail-down installations.
Goodwin Company's reclaimed wood qualifies for Low VOC Emitting Materials Certification. Goodwin's engineered flooring backer is FSC-certified and the glue has no added urea formaldehyde, exceeding California Air Regulatory Board compliance.
Lignomat USA Ltd.
Lignomat has added calibrations for bamboo to its dual-depth meter, the Ligno-Scanner SDM. The 3⁄4-inch depth calibration can be used for full-thickness floor planks, whereas the 1⁄4-inch depth is ideal for bamboo, which usually comes in 5⁄8-inch or thinner. Besides bamboo, the Ligno-Scanner SDM can measure the moisture in all materials important for the floor installer and inspector.
Loba HS 2K ImpactOil Color is colored high-solids oil based on 100% natural ingredients. It is environmentally friendly and has no solvents, allowing for numerous design possibilities with the highest standards, the company says.
Muscanell Millworks produces Woodchuck Fire Logs with by-products from its flooring mill. Woodchucks are made from 100% hardwoods and contain no additives or binders. They are a great source of clean, green, efficient heat and an important part of Muscanell Millworks' commitment to sustainability, the company says.
PoloPlaz spent significant hours developing its new Supreme Stain line that uses innovative technology and requires no change in application technique from legacy stains, it says. Supreme Stain offers coast-to-coast VOC compliance, less than three hours of in-service time and no lap lines, the company adds.
Tramex Flooring Master Kits include durable, non-destructive meters for subsurface testing of concrete and wood. Reusable Hygro-i Probes enable fast, accurate, economical ASTM F2170 testing for ambient temperature, relative humidity, dew point and grains per pound, the company says. Heavy-duty pin-probes provide precise wood moisture content readings for wood flooring.
Orion moisture meters can help reduce the large amount of waste caused by moisture-related damage, the company says. They can also help contractors stay within LEED criteria for construction and waste management, the company adds.