Long popular for gym flooring, 
RB Rubber's
Zip-Tile catches 
in homes, stores, & offices
 
You've already seen Zip-Tiles on gym floors everywhere… at your own health club, in the office workout room, in the indoor pool/sauna area at your hotel, and perhaps even in your own basement weight room.
 
But Zip-Tiles are catching on in other places now as well, and for the same reasons. The floors are durable but gentle on the feet, absorb the impact of foot traffic, are slip resistant, and absorb distracting sounds. And all those advantages stack up before even mentioning the product's green advantages. Made from 100 percent premium recycled rubber, they are free of toxic emissions and odors and do not require harsh chemicals for cleaning. So it's not surprising that the product is catching on for use in office buildings, retail locations, educational facilities, and in residential basements and garages.
 
The product is manufactured, start to finish, in Oregon where RB Rubber collects scrap tires and grinds them down into crumb rubber. According to company executive Don Overturf, they single-handedly solve the waste tire issue for the state. From there, they manufacture a host of products, including flooring, mats, and acoustical underlayment.
 
The Zip-Tile line can contribute to LEED accreditation for recycled content and non-emitting materials.

Osmo Natural Oil Finishes Reveal
The Natural Beauty of Wood Floors

Although Osmo is a new name to North Americans, the brand is among the most established wood finish lines in Europe, with over 2,800 dealers in Germany alone. The company is currently looking for new dealers in North America, and it's offering retail distributors undeveloped territories and minimal opening order requirements. "Our dealers are overjoyed with the finishes, the demand for the product, and, especially, the profit opportunity," says Sean Reynolds of Osmo North America. 
 
Wood imparts beauty to a space like no composite imitation can match, but most flooring installers conceal the wood's natural beauty and texture under a polyurethane film. "Now, they have a better choice," says Reynolds. "Osmo Polyx is an all natural wood finish comprised of natural oils and waxes," he describes. "It preserves the look and feel of the wood, instead of covering it with a coat of plastic."
 
Unlike a urethane, Polyx is not film forming. Its oils penetrate and bond within the wood, so an Osmo finish cannot peel, blister, or crack. And another feature that sets it apart is that a Polyx finish is easy to touch up if there's wear on heavy traffic areas. The Osmo family includes DIY-friendly Polyx-Oil as well as a lower-VOC pro-grade option, Polyx Professional Hardwax Oil. When properly applied with a low-speed buffer, Polyx-Pro provides twice as much coverage per gallon as conventional finishes.
 
In addition to their floor finishes, Osmo has a range of products for indoor use, including the Polyx Professional Color Oil, Top Oil, and Wood Wax Finish for furniture and cabinetry. For exterior, Osmo features the Park Lane oil-modified finish, One Coat Only microporous finish, Clear Oil Finish, and Opaque Gloss Wood Stain.
 
As for safety, "Osmo is even great for children's toys," said Reynolds. "In fact, there's a European standard for testing finishes that are suitable for children's toys, and Osmo products satisfy those requirements."
 
The opening order for a dealer is typically about $2,500, and that includes free freight. "We also offer marketing and merchandising materials plus technical training and support"
 
Interested end-users can find the nearest Osmo dealer through the company's website, and interest has definitely been on the rise since Osmo was featured in the May edition of House Beautiful. "It's a fantastic wood finish, and people really appreciate it after they've
seen it or worked with it on a project," said Reynolds. "Ultimately, it's the way wood should be finished."
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New reclaimed flooring line displays the ideal vintage

When it comes to reclaimed wood flooring, you may feel like you've seen it all, but think again. WineWood Flooring is produced in the California wine district from oak barrels used in the aging of fine chardonnays and merlots. A winery typically uses the barrels for 3 to 5 aging cycles before replacing them.

Turning wine staves into flooring is a tricky process because a wine barrel has both longitudinal and latitudinal curvature. Individual staves are also wider and thicker in the center, tapering to smaller dimensions at the ends. In addition, the inside of the wood is infused with wine.

But all those drawbacks make for a better floor, says WineWood's Charlie Cramer. “What I look for is old barrels that have a lot of character to them,” he told us. “We pressure wash the wood but let some of the color stay in the deep parts, which gives it a nice patina.”

The company has developed a patented process that flattens the boards, which are then sanded smooth by hand. The process is zero-waste; leftover wood chips are sold to cooking stores for use in barbecuing.

The flooring itself is sold in a variety of styles. One version, called Wine Barrel Flooring, shows off the original shape of the staves, complete with nail holes and light-colored bands that reveal portions of the wood which spent its earlier life concealed behind the barrel's straps.

There's also a more traditional-looking engineered variety that mounts three 2-inch wide strips across in a standard cedar backed 6-inch wide tongue & groove configuration that's 7 feet long. “That's a completely different look; the pattern is made up of pieces that are all a bit different,” said Cramer. “A lot of people like that look.” All the engineered floors are manufactured using zero-VOC adhesives and supplied unfinished.

Cramer believes that the highest demand for WineWood will come from restaurants and other hospitality-oriented businesses, as well for use as flooring or wainscotting in home wine cellars.
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Luxury Resilient Flooring
Centiva's Stria Bronze is a luxury resilient flooring that uses non-fading metallic pigments to achieve rich visual texture and depth. The product is available in 8 colorations and a variety of sizes, and comes supplied with a 20 year commercial wear warranty. Stria is one of the few vinyl flooring products that has a recycled content of over 50 percent, and Centiva offers the Green Circle Takeback Program for easy end of life recycling as well. Stria is FloorScore certified as a low-emitting product, which means it is eligible for LEED credits.     

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Portable Heating Mats
RugBuddy portable heating mats provide energy efficient supplemental warmth to any office or residential room. The UL-listed portable heating system may be used over existing hard surface flooring that feels cold, or over already-installed carpets to add on-demand radiant heating comfort. The mats are capable of quickly delivering 80° F warmth at only just 11 watts per square foot.   Get More Info!



A New Generation of Recycled Carpet Fibers

Zip Stitch from Bentley Prince Street represents a new standard in color, beauty, design and texture for a post-consumer (PC) carpet product. A blend of ReEntry 2.0 yarn and reclaimed “tail out” fibers from the end of first-run carpet production, the product also contains 17% hemp/nylon yarn.
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