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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...

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

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...oiling it to allow the oil to penetrate more deeply. And as with any finishing product, it is better to test the colour compatibility with your selected species of wood by doing a preliminary test on a small piece before starting your whole job.” Non-toxic wood floor finishing oil © Livos Livos has an extensive...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...flooring of choice for many green consumers because it’s made from materials that are natural and renewable. The main ingredient is linseed oil, which gives linoleum its name. Linseed oil comes from flax seeds, an easily cultivated plant also used to make linen. Other ingredients include natural pigments, pine rosin,...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...floor in an existing home to avoid the dust and fumes that come from finishing. Maintenance would be the same as any other wood flooring. We recommend oils over polyurethane, whether the floor is prefinished or not. Oil won’t add pollutants to your home and it will enhance the natural beauty of wood. Oiled floors are...

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?...

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...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...oil remediation. We recently built our new Wakefield concept house on expansive clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Read more about our Wakefield house solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or crawlspace? A slab is cheap...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...Floors will be finished before putting up divisions, enabling future changes to the layout without the costs and hassle of requiring flooring alterations. The floor plan was designed and the house positioned on the lot to allow for a suitable location for an addition if desired, off the west living room wall. Stora...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...oil remediation. We recently built our new Wakefield concept house on expansive clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Read more about our Wakefield house solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or a crawlspace? A slab is che...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...flooring: Fumes from the varnish you apply to a freshly sanded floor will be a lot more noticeable and last longer than wood that comes pre-finished from a manufacturer. Alternatively, we would recommend using a natural floor oil instead. Protecting air quality during renovations: Cutting outside: Depending on the ...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...floors: Heating cables can be run under both tiles and engineered hardwood. This is not a cheap system to install, but it is a very comfortable way to deliver heat. Radiant in-floor heat can also be achieved through hydronic heating systems , which when heating with water from an electric boiler again offers the same...