Monthly Archives: April 2013

What is the Janka Hardness Test?

When people say that Brazilian Cherry flooring has a Janka rating of 2200, they are referring to the is a measure of the hardness of the wood. This test measures the force required to push a steel ball about halfway into a piece of wood.

How important is the Janka rating of a specific flooring species?

The Janka Hardness Test is not the only benchmark to consider when choosing hardwood flooring for a couple of reasons. Factors such as the harvesting, moisture content, age and number of growth rings are a few of the factors that may vary the exact results. This is why the value rating that is awarded is based on an average.

Besides Janka, what factors should be considered when choosing wood flooring?

Plank construction and finish are factors when determining the durability and ease of maintenance of any wood floor.

Since the exotic and domestic eco-flooring options that Staybull Flooring™ provides are constructed with the highest quality hand selected strips, Janka hardness should not be the only determining factor when choosing which Staybull Flooring™ species is right for your particular application. In addition all Staybull Flooring™ is prefinished with Eco-Shield™ a UV cured, high quality finish that provides a layer of protection against any damages to the flooring surface.

Longer Flooring Boards Save You Money

Staybull™ eco-friendly flooring often has an average flooring length of 3.5 feet or more. So what does this mean for you? Having a longer average floorboard length has numerous benefits when compared to a flooring product with a shorter average length.

One advantage that longer lengths offer is that the final installed look will be cleaner and more stylish with fewer seams between individual flooring boards. Another advantage to having longer floorboards is that it takes fewer boards to complete the installation. This makes the overall installation faster, easier and more professional looking.

Here’s how the final installation breaks down…

Staybull Flooring™

Long flooring boards mean fewer seams and fewer expenses.

For an 8’ x 12’ room only 51 total pieces of Staybull Flooring™ were needed to complete the job. You can see from the diagram below that there are far fewer horizontal breaks between individual boards.

Standard Flooring

Shorter flooring boards mean more seams and a longer, more expensive installation process.

For an 8’ x 12’ room 83 total pieces of standard flooring were needed to complete the job. You can tell from the diagram to the left that there is an abundance of 1’ and 2’ pieces that leave you with an unattractive floor. These short pieces that are overly common in standard flooring also slow down the installation significantly.

Can Recycled Wood Flooring Be Refinished?

The Answer: Yes!  Consider how Staybull™ recycled wood flooring is manufactured.  It is basically narrow strips of solid wood flooring.  This means it has all the benefits of solid flooring, including a thick wear layer that can be sanded down and refinished multiple times.  Additionally, because Staybull™ uses 100% eco-friendly glues during the production process, you do not have to worry about toxic fumes being released into the air you breathe while sanding.

Here’s the simplest way to refinish the Staybull™ brand of recycled wood flooring:

  1. Use 80 grit sandpaper to remove the original finish.
  2. To achieve an even and smooth surface
  3. Use 100 grit sandpaper to remove any marks,
  4. Then use 120 grit sandpaper to make the surface nice and smooth.
  5. Remove all dust and debris from the surface.
  6. Apply new, water-based eco-friendly flooring finish per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Let the new finish dry.
  8. Enjoy your new eco-friendly floor.

What’s a good finish to use?  We recommend using Loba Wakol products as they have some great finish products whether you are just re-coating the factory finish or sanding and doing a new finish.  Their 2k series will even stick to UV cured finishes.  They also have finish for starting from scratch.

The truth is that no floor is impervious to damage.  When you compare flooring options, you need to know that every product will start to show scratches and dents.  Because our recycled wood flooring can be refinished, you give yourself the opportunity to extend the life of your floor, thereby increasing your return on investment.  Ultimately, with its rejuvenated look you can enjoy Staybull Flooring™ for years without spending an arm and a leg to replace it.