The companies below—all advertisers in the August/September issue of WFB—have made inroads toward protecting the wellbeing of consumers and wood flooring professionals, as well as the health of the global environment. See below to discover how they have adopted environmental sustainability as a bedrock of their businesses.
AquaChoice GreenStar is the first and only 2K water-based finish with a hardener completely free of isocyanate or aziridine, the company says. It requires no hazard labeling, no skin protection and emits no CO2 off-gassing. Its 18-hour pot life after mixture reduces waste, the company adds. It is certified for sports flooring and features four gloss levels.
Bona Quantum Flow is setting the standard for environmentally safe hardwood floor adhesives. The silane-based, pourable formula is the first GreenGuard Gold Certified adhesive in the industry and better for indoor air quality. With zero VOCs, it boasts all the same excellent features and benefits contractors appreciate about Bona adhesives in a new, easily pourable formula.
Roll-Cote High-Performance Moisture Vapor Barrier Coating and Primer is a water-based, one-component system formulated to reduce substrate moisture-vapor emissions, including unlimited moisture protection for glue-down hardwood flooring, the company says. It is designed to prime floors prior to the application of underlayments/adhesives and block concrete alkalinity. Roll-Cote is Red List Free, CDPH- and VOC-compliant (per SCAQMD Rule 1113), and is a LEED v4 contributor for BD+C and ID+C.
Horizon Forest Products
The Hampton, Nantucket, and Piedmont series of the Impressions Flooring Collection are harvested from the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, and 100% of the Appalachian hardwood is from Verified Sustainable Hardwood Forests. The solid hardwood flooring features the industry-leading "Six Side Seal," the company says.
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.
Absco - Canlak Coatings
Absco Platinum 2K, a high-performing 2K wood floor finish with the ease of a 1K, uses no isocyanate or aziridine catalyst and is nationally VOC-compliant with easy water cleanup. The no-waste formula (users can add new hardener after one week to extend product use an additional week) provides exceptional durability and excellent scratch- and stain-resistance.
Arboritec's Miracle Oil is a 100% solid oil with 0% VOC, leaving commercial and residential properties free of any VOCs. It is designed to withstand heavy wear and tear and quickly penetrates the wood surface to enable lasting protection and color in one easy process, the company says.
PoloPlaz spent significant hours developing its 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.
The award-winning Orion 950 Smart Pinless Wood Moisture Meter features Bluetooth connection to smart device apps, EMC calculation, a built-in temperature and RH sensor, and dual depth moisture measurement. The Orion 950 is backed by an industry-leading seven-year warranty and comes with an on-demand calibrator, the company says.