What makes Lauzon hardwood floors different from its competitors?
R: Only Lauzon hardwood floors have Titanium – the ultimate hardwood finish. This finish offers unprecedented clarity, so you see the wood grain and not the finish unlike conventional wood finishes made of aluminum oxide. And only Titanium finish will maintain its luster over time, keeping that new wood floor for years of enjoyment.
What is Sunshield? And is it on all of your floors?
R: Most Lauzon floors with Titanium Finish have an integrated protection against the harmful yellowing effects of the sun called Sunshield. This UV protection is especially important in natural or very light shades in species like maple, red oak and birch which are the most prone to yellowing. However, some species such as cherry, walnut, hickory and others, attain a rich, intense hue over time when exposed to light which is highly desirable.
What does torrefied or thermally modified wood mean?
R: Thermally modified wood – aka roasted or torrefied wood, gives everyday species a richer hue, similar to that of exotic wood species. Unlike surface stains, which colors and protects only the top layer of the wood, torrefaction affects the entire piece of wood through to the core. Torrefied wood can, therefore, be processed, cut or sanded, without losing any of its properties. Cut ends remain protected, and scratches and cracks are much less apparent.
What is Time Worn Flooring?
R: Conventional hand scraped hardwood provides an intense texture to hardwood floors but is often very aggressively scraped and high in luster and can sometimes can result in clothes to snag. Lauzon wanted to offer a new direction in hand-scraped hardwood — something with a more subtle pillowing and a lower gloss level. It gives the wood a turn-of-century look, reminiscent of wood planks on a barnyard door and that is why we have coined the term ‘time worn?rsquo;.
What is Wire-Brushed Flooring?
R: Wire brushing a floor involves brushing the wood with large rotary wire brush causing the wood grain to open up and resulting in a two-toned look and a unique texture. Not all wood species are suitable for wire-brushing, the most common species is oak, both red and white. It is not only a product that looks great, but textured hardwood offers many practical benefits. For the builder, it helps minimize the appearance of damage caused by tradesman during home construction. And for the consumer, a textured floor is a lot more forgiving than smooth surfaces to the hazards of everyday life. Kids rough-housing and pets can wreak havoc on a smooth, high-gloss hardwood floor.
Where are Lauzon floors manufactured?
R: The majority of Lauzon floors are manufactured in the province of Quebec in Canada and most of the wood used to make the floors is harvested from Lauzon’s own responsibly managed forests. Lauzon does offer a limited selection of certain exotic woods and a select line of hand-crafted floors, but in all cases they are sourced from ethically managed forests and facilities and only comprise a nominal percentage of Lauzon’s overall offering.
What does FSC® stand for?
R: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) is an international organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. FSC® guarantees that the wood products you purchase come from responsibly managed forests and verified recycled sources. All Lauzon hardwood made of Canadian maple is FSC® certified – your assurance that the wood you are buying will be in the forest for generations to come.
What about Lauzon wood flooring that is not FSC® certified?
R: Lauzon is committed to purchasing only ethically harvested products. As a case in point, Lauzon has consistently refused to buy Merbau timber which is often illegally cut down from Indonesian forests.
Isn’t it more environmentally friendly to buy a synthetic floor that replicates the look of wood and keep the trees in the forest?
R: No. Laminate and vinyl replicas may look like wood, but they are made from petroleum based products which are non–renewable resources. Wood is a renewable resource and selective harvesting actually benefits the forest. As trees grow, they transform carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen (O2). But once trees become mature, this process actually stops. Mature trees actually begin release CO2 into the atmosphere through decay or by burning in natural wildfires. By selectively harvesting mature trees and converting them into lumber for flooring, the carbon is actually stored indefinitely. And additionally, the removal of the trees provides more light for the young saplings which will actively transform carbon dioxide into oxygen. Plus natural, authentic floors like hardwood and stone can be enjoyed for several generations, outlasting any synthetic floor.
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- What makes Lauzon hardwood floors different from its competitors?
- What is Sunshield? And is it on all of your floors?
- What does torrefied or thermally modified wood mean?
- What is Time Worn Flooring?
- What is Wire-Brushed Flooring?
- Where are Lauzon floors manufactured?
- What does FSC® stand for?
- What about Lauzon wood flooring that is not FSC® certified?
- Isn’t it more environmentally friendly to buy a synthetic floor that replicates the look of wood and keep the trees in the forest?
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