About the CompanyAmerican Wide Plank Flooring was founded in 2018 by David Gilbert and Pierre-Olivier Rodrigue. He wants to create a high-quality product that can meet the criteria of different lifestyle. To do this, he carefully selected species that will form the pillars of his collection. Are choices, it is stopped on the three essences of the most resistant of the wood market: the Hickory, the Oak and finally the Black walnut. He created his flooring according to whether it was engineering design for their sturdiness and durability.
His company is based in the beautiful and welcoming region of Chaudière Appalaches in Quebec, specifically in the city of Thetford. It hosts several employers and provides sustainable jobs in the regions.
As the company is expanding throughout North America and the United States, it defies all statistics! You can find his products at a large part of the wood floor retailers. They are displayed in several varieties of colors. From the faintest to the darkest. You will find what you are looking for!
Floor VarietiesSelect Natural:
Putting the accent on the beautiful color of natural wood, this grade includes a variety of colors according to the kind of wood chosen. This grade shows off the natural color range of the wood from the lightest colors (the sapwood) to the darkest colors (the heartwood). This color range is not only permitted in this grade, it is desired. Sound and filled knots of 1/4 inch or less are accepted, but in a restricted amount. Small black spots, also called mineral marks, are also accepted in small quantities.
Putting the accent on the beautiful color of natural wood, this grade includes a variety of colors according to the kind of wood chosen. This grade shows off the natural color range of the wood from the lightest colors (the sapwood) to the darkest colors (the heartwood). This color range is not only permitted in this grade, it is desired. Sound and filled knots are permitted without any limitation to diameter or quantity. Filled splits, checks and wormholes are accepted without limitation. Small black spots, also called mineral marks, are accepted without limits as to quantity or size.
CHARACTERISTICS OF OIL-FINISHED WOOD FLOORSOil-based Finishes
The oiling of hardwood floors, an ancestral method of caring for wood flooring is back on the scene. Today oil finishes are gaining in popularity, mainly due to the advantages of their natural protective qualities and healthy components. Oil based finishes are recommended for use on most wood types. They are simple to apply, easy to maintain, and budget friendly. Moreover, oil based finishes are valued by eco-oriented consumers for their rustic feel and warmth.
Eco-Friendly Treatment of Interior Wood Flooring
Thanks to their natural penetrating capacity, oil finishes have the ability to coat the wood fibers, saturate the pores without clogging them up and preserve the flexibility and the elasticity of the wood. A properly oiled floor is dust-proof, moisture-proof and is easy to maintain.
After an oil-based restoration of your hardwood floor, the inherent characteristics of hardness and flexibility of the wood are not only preserved but enhanced; stripes and markings all but disappear after applying a coat of oil on the floor.
The current ‘back to nature’ decorating trend emphasizes the taste for rough and natural materials which are perfect for oiling. Oil based finishes do not remain on the surface but penetrate the wood fibers. Contrary to varnish, oil based finishes leave a soft sheen which brings out the natural wood tones and colors. However, as with all wood flooring, regular maintenance is a must.
The oils used as finishes for hardwood floors are natural and consequently have no negative effects on the ambient air in the home, contrary to certain other finishes which can release harmful chemical vapors upon application. Whereas these products can require weeks to evaporate completely, the oils obtained from natural sources are usually without danger.
Wood which breathes
The principal quality of oil-based finishes lies in the fact that they let the wood breathe. When wood is varnished or glazed, it loses its capacity to absorb and balance moisture and can cause the wood to crack.
Oiled floors better resist variations in temperature and can even be used in the bathroom. Oil penetrates deeply in the pores of the wood and protects against abrasives while retaining its rustic and natural beauty. Oil also emphasizes the wood grain and imperfections are not as apparent as with varnish finishes.
The oiled finish is achieved by saturation. This technique which increases the resistance and the longevity of the hardwood floor, also facilitates maintenance. The daily maintenance of the floor is carried out with the use of a broom or the vacuum cleaner. The floors must also be cleaned regularly with a damp mop. Household detergents are to be proscribed. Floors with oiled-based finishes should not be cleaned with any grease-removing product!
Contrary to varnished floors that must be sanded when worn or scratched (and the extra work associated with the process) or laminates (when the top coat is used, the product must be replaced), a simple application of oil is enough to regenerate your floor and restore its original beauty. With time, the oiled floor becomes increasingly resistant and easier to maintain. It acquires a patina which is a reminder of the old wood floors of bygone days.