This year's Wood Flooring Expo is headed back to the Lone Star State, this time in the city of Fort Worth, Texas, May 1-3. To help you get your bearings on the show floor, we've compiled a preview of some of the companies exhibiting this year—in the April/May 2019 issue of WFB.
Bona Mega ONE is Bona's newest waterborne finish. It is a durable, one-component, crystal-clear finish with high build, the company says. It is Greenguard-certified and is fully cured in five days.
Lacrosse Hardwood Flooring
White Oak Natural Grade by Lacrosse Hardwood Flooring is available in widths from 3¼-9 inches. The product has a 44-inch average length, and it brings warmth and traditional beauty to any environment, the company says.
LÄGLER North America
LÄGLER's new PCD milling attachment for its FLIP edger is designed for aggressive wood floor sanding. The polycrystalline diamonds on the disc make it easy to remove thick layers of residual paint, carpet adhesive, numerous layers of finish or to remove strong cupping, the company says.
Osmo Holz und Color GmbH & Co. KG
Polyx-Oil 3043/3031 is a clear, satin/matte hardwax-oil wood flooring finish with high durability and stain resistance, the company says. It can be applied using a roller, brush or pad, and no primer or intermediate sanding is needed. The finish will not crack, flake or peel, and the wood will stay breathable, the company adds. Spot repairs are also possible using the product.
Saroyan's chevron and herringbone flooring is available in multiple wood species and can be made to fit virtually any desired specification in grades, lengths, cuts and thicknesses, the company says. It can be manufactured in both solid and engineered.
Stauf WFR-930 Solva-Mastic is an alcohol-based, high-strength adhesive for professional wood flooring installation. It contains no chlorinated solvents and is safe for the environment. The adhesive spreads easily, and allows for fast installation, even with complicated patterns, due to its strong green grab, the company says.
Woodwise/Design Hardwood Products Inc.
Woodwise is showcasing its extensive line of wood fillers, including Woodwise Wood Patch, Full-Trowel Filler, Powdered Wood Filler, No Shrink Patch-Quick, Pre-Finish Filler and Epoxy Wood Patch, in addition to other maintenance products, wood flooring tools and accessories.
Absolute Coatings Group
Easy2K's two-component, 100 percent urethane formulation delivers fortified durability, while the No Lap technology makes it easy to apply, resulting in a clear, even finish, the company says. Grand Build delivers high solids in fewer coats for extra wear-protection. This unique technology is easy to apply and brings out the beauty in hardwood floors with low odor and an easy soap-and-water cleanup, the company adds.
Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring
Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring is exhibiting its live-sawn herringbone that features a light hand scrape and handcrafted edges. The company's live-sawn flooring products incorporate the full range of the log's characteristics and result in a mix of clear and natural grades.
Archetypal Imagery — Vesting LED USA
Vesting LED-HardWax Oil cures and hardens in seconds when it comes into contact with LED light, the company says. When finished, the wood surface is instantly resilient and protected against dirt and moisture and has high wear-resistance, the company adds.
Bostik's Ultra-Set SingleStep2 is a high-performance adhesive, moisture control and sound reduction membrane, the company says. It maintains the long-term durability of a high-end urethane adhesive but is easier to spread and clean off of prefinished flooring before and after cure, the company adds.
Delmhorst Instrument Co.
Delmhorst Instrument Co. offers a full line of moisture meters for flooring professionals who need to accurately measure moisture in wood floors and subfloors, and measure RH in concrete according to the ASTM F2170 standard. Delmhorst meters can help prevent flooring failures before and after installation, the company says.
Fortifiber Building Systems Group
Fortifiber's Aquabar "B" and HWD-15 underlayment offer protection from damaging moisture, the company says. Both have passed California indoor air quality standards. Fortiboard also protects the wood floor surfaces being installed from damage by other trades, and the Accord floor pads reduce sound transmission.
Garco Clear Finishes — Absolute Coatings Group
Garco Clear Finishes' Classic World polyurethanes have been in the marketplace since 1923 and are made from the finest resins available today, the company says, adding that they have excellent scuff-, chemical- and abrasion-resistance and are available in super high gloss, semi-gloss and satin sheens.
Graf and Robbins Flooring
Graf and Robbins' engineered flooring is available in thicknesses of 5/8 inch and ¾ inch with lengths of 2–10 feet and 4–12 feet. It offers rift-only, QTD-only, live-sawn and plain-sawn cuts in white oak, walnut, cherry and red oak. The flooring substrate is 9- or 11-ply Baltic birch plywood.
Graf Custom Hardwood
Graf Custom Hardwood's Prefinished collection is available in white oak with a width of 5 inches, lengths of 2–10 feet and a thickness of 5/8 inch. The company's prefinishing process applies six coatings that are UV-cured. The rift-and-quartered flooring is designed for installation with nails, staples or adhesive.
Harco Clear Coatings — Absolute Coatings Group
Radiance OMW features water-based and oil technology to create a product with the convenience of waterborne and the rich, traditional look of oil, the company says. Radiance OMW is a self-leveling, fast-drying, one-component system available in all sheens, including matte, and is VOC- compliant in all regions.
Lico Machinery Inc.
Lico specializes in the design and manufacturing of sawmill and flooring equipment ranging from standalone machines to complete solutions. Lico offers a wide range of ripping solutions for the mid-range production up to the most demanding requirements, the company says. A single system can be designed to produce from 20,000–90,000 board feet (4/4) per shift with ripping yields up to 93 percent, Lico says.
Lignomat USA Ltd.
The Ligno-DuoTec BW Moisture Meter quickly and easily measures wood in percent with dual-depth selection for 1/4 inch and ¾ inch depths, the company says. It measures RH and temperature, DPT and GPP using Lignomat's RH BluePeg probe. The precision RH BluePeg probe gives the thermo-hygrometer accuracy and a quick response time, the company adds.
Lobadur Viva is a single-component waterborne finish. Its optimized formula offers outstanding resistance to plasticizers from wood flooring adhesives and many other proven properties, the company says. It is designed for both renovations and new installations of hardwood floors.
Petri Clear Coatings — Absolute Coatings Group
Petri Parlay is an oil-modified polyurethane wood floor finish. Parlay provides excellent scratch-resistance, flow and leveling properties, as well as a crystal-clear color, the company says. The product is 350 VOC-compliant and comes in super high gloss, semi-gloss and satin sheens.
PoloPlaz Premium Wood Finishes
PoloPlaz's Supreme Stain features a color palette reflecting current color trends and a dry time of less than three hours. It has coast-to-coast VOC compliance and ultra-high solids for great coverage, the company says. It is also designed to minimize lap-line problems during application.
Precision Technology — Absolute Coatings Group
Swedish Finish for Pros is a two-component, acid-cured wood floor finish that has scuff-, scratch- and chemical-resistance. Zenith Polyurethane is a premium oil-modified, high-build, clear finish that is easy to apply and dries to a scratch- and scuff-proof finish, the company says. The products are available in high-gloss, semi-gloss, satin and matte sheens.
Sampson Coatings — Absolute Coatings Group
Sampson Coatings high-solids, single-component waterborne finish provides the rich traditional look of oil, while H2O offers a non-yellowing, crystal-clear appearance, the company says. Both are easy to use with superior flow, leveling and excellent film build, the company adds.
Titebond's new packaging simplifies the adhesive handling process for flooring installers, the company says. The ¾-gallon foil pouch is easy to open and handle, reduces mess and waste, speeds up installation and extends adhesive shelf life, it adds. The packaging is available with Titebond 811 Advantage and Titebond 771-Step.
The Tramex Professional PTM2.0 pin meter features built-in calibration for more than 500 wood species. It has adjustable temperature correction and saves up to 100 readings for maximum, minimum, average and standard deviation statistics.
Wagner Meters' Orion series of pinless moisture meters feature accuracy and versatility, the company says. Each also features an individually paired On-Demand Calibrator, meaning they will not need to be returned to the factory for calibration, the company adds.