If you want to use wood in an exterior application, your options are wider than ever. While durable tropical hardwoods have been decimated by unsustainable logging, there are several methods of preserving wood that produce even more durable and sustainable products. These are not woods infused with toxic chemicals or metal compounds that can leach out. Rather these woods are transformed to be more durable and decay resistant.
California-based IndoTeak Design has what it calls “the greenest teak products on the market.” Its FSC-certified, post-consumer, recycled teak products — flooring, paneling, siding, and decking — come from Indonesian structures up to 300 years old. IndoTeak also offers a unique, patchwork-painted Balinese boat wood, reclaimed artisan teak cabinets, and other beautiful custom wood products. IndoTeak provides competitive pricing and matches competitors, assuming the same quantity and quality.
A Dutch company, Bolefloor, has developed a new method of producing floors from pieces of wood stock that allow for the natural shape of wood to be used. The company uses wood scanners, computer-aided technology, and optimization algorithms to maximize wood cuts to create a unique floor with curving joints between boards for a floor like none other on the market.
If you’re in the market for an engineered, wide-plank, natural flooring, Mafi is a great place to start. The company uses FSC-certified woods that are treated with organic, natural oils (and no lacquer). As a result, Mafi is “breathable,” “warm,” durable, and will not cup, gap, warp, or fail. The Colorado-based company has operations on both the east and west coast and can create a floor to suit your project perfectly.
Last month, Shaw invited a number of bloggers to Atlanta for the launch of a new carpet product called Tigressá SoftStyle. While we were invited, we were not able to participate, so the company sent us a sample kit for review. The kit includes a new patch and one that’s been tested with 20,000 steps, and they’re both just as soft — I can’t tell a difference between the two. Hence, the tagline: The Softer, Stronger Carpet.