Floor finish / Guides

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...floor: sodium densifiers are the most affordable, and they are the choice to make if you aren't polishing a floor to a final finish. Warehouses, garages, workshops for example, or an interior floor that will be covered by a flooring material. You will probably find that residential floor finishers prefer to work with...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...floor finishing oils are gaining in popularity. There are a lot of benefits to oiled floors, especially with softwood which are prone to damage - it's very easy to touch up an oiled floor, especially when compared to a varnished one. Environmental impacts and indoor air quality (IAQ) Whatever floor finish you choos...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...floor again, something that you mop or vacuum once a week. Floor preparation, the first step to the perfect wood floor Before attempting the refinishing of a wood floor, know what you're tackling first. Is your floor old floorboards that have been covered with carpet? Are they good enough for sanding and finishing?...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...floor made of solid wood only. Worthy of note: Engineered wood floors lend themselves well to in-floor radiant heat. Solid hardwood floors: Wood flooring can come either raw or pre-finished. Traditional raw wood flooring usually requires as much work in finishing as it did to install and that’s certainly true if ...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...flooring goes on retail sale. How to install hemp flooring Hemp flooring cannot be used as a ‘floating floor', boards must be individually attached. They should be It fastened to a plywood or OSB subfloor with a standard flooring nail gun , or if necessary, be glued down to a concrete slab. Gluing floor boards to c...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...floor finishing oil © Livos Livos has an extensive product catalogue (which you can see here) ; the following is a short list of some that interested us for interior wood finishing. Kunos 240 - Universal colourless oil Kunos 242 - Colourless floor finish Kunos 243 - Superior protection for countertops and a...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...floor. Finishing basements is quite common for adding space to a home, but be sure your walls are well-constructed to prevent moisture damage. If you are pouring a basement floor but don't intend to finish it right away, consider installing radiant floor tubing as a future heat source. Plumbing and wiring: Some...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...floor and finished flooring, you’ll be lucky to stay under $40,000. Building basements ‘just because’ invites unnecessary costs, potential humidity problems, and greater environmental consequences. The production of one ton of Portland cement releases one ton of greenhouse gases, and the average home foundation wall ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...floor provides greater thermal comfort for occupants, and, compared to forced-air heating, it does not blow dust around your home. So it offers an advantage for cleaner indoor-air quality than a crawl space foundation. A polished concrete floor with a non-toxic finish is the most durable and healthy flooring material...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...floor provides greater thermal comfort for occupants, and, compared to forced-air heating, it does not blow dust around your home. So it offers an advantage for cleaner indoor-air quality than a crawl space foundation. A polished concrete floor with a non-toxic finish is the most durable and healthy flooring material...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...floors also easily accommodate radiant floor heating, which offers a very balanced and comfortable environment, transforming the concrete mass into one big radiator. One of the great advantages of radiant floor heat is that the further you get from anything radiating heat (imagine a woodstove), the cooler it gets. So...