Why and When Wood Floors Could Fail and what can be done to remediate those problems.

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There are many
reasons hardwood floors may fail. However, the number one most common reason
for wood floor failure is due to excessive moisture or dryness. Remediation
strategies require proper acclimation time and mediation of introduced moisture
and dryness.

When we go to install wood floors they are either installed
on a concrete slab or on subfloor made of plywood or OSB sheeting materials.
Installing over concrete slab requires more attention to warranty installed
practices because concrete naturally contains high levels of moisture.

Before installation the flooring material needs to be acclimated
over time to the normal state of humidity of the house where it will be
installed. That means using air conditioning, heaters or radiant floor heating as
you normally would. You need to have your house operating in the conditioned
environment that you will be living in. Do not put wood floors in your garage to
acclimate or unconditioned spaces and expect them to be install correctly. All
wood floors have an amount of time they need to acclimate. We will use a
moisture meter or other type of moisture test to determine that the moisture
content in the flooring is comparable to the moisture content of the other wood
in your home, the subflooring and/or the cabinetry. In general floors want to
have between 9%-12% moisture content as related to the humidity in your
specific area.

Humidity can come into the house in several ways. If you
live on the coast humidity can come in when you open your windows or doors. The
fog rolls in and you get excessive humidity from the air. Make sure to close
doors and windows during times of excessive humidly so that we don’t introduce
additional moisture. If the installation plan is to glue the wood floor to a
concrete slab; we need to isolate the moisture coming up through the slab. The
correct method of preparation is to do a moisture test of the slab. There are several
types of moisture tests. You can use a moisture meter or a calcium chloride
test to read the level of the moisture in a concrete slab.  Concrete in general will always be moister
than wood wants to be. So we need to isolate the moisture away from the wood.  One method is to seal the concrete slab. There
are many sealers on the market and they have their limitations, so it’s
important to know what kind moisture could occur over time and that the sealer
can handle the pressure of the moisture coming up through the slab. There are
several products on the market from epoxy based sealers to water based sealers and
they all have their limitations on how much moisture they can reject or keep
down in the slab.  Another method is to
use a physical barrier. One of the best moisture barriers is a 3 in 1 pad which
has a padding, a moisture barrier and a sound dampening layer. The new wood
floors will be floated on the concrete slab with either a click together system
or a glued tongue and groove system. With this 3 in 1 type of moisture barrier
system properly installed you will be sure to not have the issue of moisture
coming up through the slab.

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Example of a cupping floor.

When gluing wood floors to a concrete slab it can be more
problematic. You can test your slab during the summer and it will be dry. But when
you get a very wet winter you will get an increase of moisture in the slab. So
when gluing wood flooring to a slab it is very important to either use a sealer
on the slab or use the 3 in 1 padding material over the slab to block moisture
from the wood flooring. Most wood floor manufacturers say that if you are
sub-surface or below grade they do not warranty a wood floor installation. If
you are surrounded by mountains you are considered below grade.

When bringing wood flooring in to the dwelling to acclimate
a solid hardwood floor needs approximately three weeks to acclimate. Again the
true test is if the moisture content in the flooring material is the same as
the other wood in the house. You bring the product into your home, open up the
boxes and let it sit in your house in the conditioned air space for the amount
of time it takes to acclimate. Engineered hardwood floors will acclimate quicker,
usually in a few days to a week. The final determination is to test wood
flooring and be sure it matches the level of moisture in the other wood in the
house. High humidity and moisture levels will cause the material to
expand. When floors fail due to high moisture levels the floor start to uplift.
 That is an indication that the floors
have expanded against a cabinet, a doorway or a wall and has started to push
upon itself and buckle at the weakest point. Floors can rise anywhere from an
inch to a few inches. That buckling is because the floor is absorbing moisture and
expanding past the expansion joints which pushes them up against the wall or a
cabinet or a doorway. That is when the floors will buckle. Another failure scenario,
which happens with glue down application on concrete, is that each flooring
member starts to cup. This can be seen in the reflection of light and can be
felt by touching the floor. The edges will be raised and the center will be
sunk because the moisture is trying to escape through the edges of the wood. Buckling
or cupping wood floors is because there is excess moisture. The problems from
cupping or buckling will be seen in the flooring before mold issues become
apparent. There are areas
that get extremely dry conditions such as in Arizona, the valleys of California,
and throughout the South West. These areas get very dry conditions that cause
flooring material to dry out and crack which will create other types of
problems. Sometimes you will also see large gaps occur over time between floor
planks. Houses require the opposite remediation in this scenario where cooling
units help keep temperatures down and result in less drying of material.

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Example of a buckled floor.

Another reason floors can fail is because of unlicensed
flooring installers that do not follow the manufacturer’s instructions and
guidelines.

Most flooring manufacturers require that the subsurface
whether it is concrete or plywood subfloor be level with less than an 1/8 inch of
change over an eight-foot span. This leveling issue is about peaks and valleys
in the subfloor surface. Our licensed installers will take an eight-foot straight
edge over the subfloor to check and see if there are any peaks or valleys. They
will grind down the high points and float the low spots. If an installer does
not meet that 1/8 inch requirement to level the subfloor the flooring will
slowly start to break down at the joints. The wood floors will start to get
those creaking sounds or the floor will have that bouncing feeling. The more
movement in the floor the sooner the flooring breaks down. Another reason wood floors will fail is because of not
having enough expansion joints installed. In moist months your floor expands
around ¼ inch on all sides and you have expansion joints of 3/8 inch to ½
inch which give enough room to expand. In the summer months the flooring material
contract but is covered by baseboard and molding to hide the gaps. 

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Example of water damage.

Other conditions that may not be failure but may not meet
expectations are color change and fading from southwest facing windows. Natural
materials will start to discolor so most companies will tell you how to place
your flooring to avoid them baking in the sun. If you have an oil based floor
spotting from water can be a problem.

Hardwood floors installed in homes and businesses can suffer
damage in the form of scratches on wood floors especially with polyurethane
finishes. These condition issues could be seen as a failure of the flooring
material but are more likely a failure of the expectations of the flooring. This
type of damage can happen when moving furniture, scuffs from high heels and
shoes or from pets running. That is normal wear and tear on a wood floor. This
kind of damage can be remedied by controlling the animals, putting pads on the
legs of furniture and by people taking off their shoes. But in general it is a
natural wood floor, it will go through color changes, it will scratch and it
will gain character.

We at Green Goods are here to assist you with your FSC and
Green Guard Plus hardwood flooring needs. We are committed to promoting and
installing environmental and renewable flooring products. We can professionally
install your wood flooring following the manufacturer’s specifications.

If you are looking for beautiful flooring materials visit
our online showroom at greengoodsusa.com.  We are ready to help you install beautiful
hardwood floors in your home or business. Please contact us at 866 254 9494 and
at contact@greengoodsusa.com.

Written by Mikel Robertson, Co-founder of Green It Now,
Inc., 

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Marmoleum® Modular is the Natural Choice in Flooring

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Visit our
online showroom at greengoodsusa.com. It is a great place for you to see
our full product line of Marmoleum® Modular by Forbo. 

If you are looking for beautiful flooring materials visit our online showroom at greengoodsusa.com, and you can contact us at – contact@greengoodsusa.com
– 866 254 9494

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Green Goods is excited to carry Marmoleum®
Modular Flooring to naturally beautify your home or business. Marmoleum® Modular
incorporates a broad spectrum of environmentally friendly pigments to create a
wide range of colors and designs. There are so many colors, textures, tile
sizes and plank sizes that the design pattern possibilities are endless.

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Marmoleum®
is PVC free – made of natural pigments

Marmoleum®
Modular Color

We love Marmoleum® Modular because it is made from the natural
materials of linseed oil that comes from the flax plant, recycled wood flour
from saw dust and pine rosins. The variation of colors are beautiful and
derived from natural pigments. All these ingredients are applied to natural jute
fiber backing to create beautiful non-toxic PVC free floor coverings. Some of the larger tiles have environmentally friendly synthetic backing and planks are made with cork backing for a comfortable feel. On top of
these healthy ingredients and manufacturing methods the adhesives for
installation are solvent free. The natural ingredients and manufacturing
process makes Marmoleum® strengthen over its life time. Marmoleum®

is also biodegradable material.

Marmoleum® Modular
Lines

Marmoleum® Modular has comes out with exiting new shades, textures
and marble lines in their Modular Textura and Striato Modular lines of tiles
and planks. Marmoleum® is made out of natural waterproof materials which make
it perfect for school and hospital installations. It is used as countertops in
commercial applications which adds color and durability.

Marmoleum® Modular Shade

We here at Green Goods are committed
to promoting and installing environmental and renewable flooring products. We
carry Marmoleum® Modular, wool and recycled Green Guard Plus carpeting along
with cork, bamboo and hardwood flooring. If you are looking for beautiful flooring
materials visit our online showroom at greengoodsusa.com. And you can contact us at contact@greengoodsusa.com
– 866 254 9494. We would be happy to show you samples of our many
colors and styles of Marmoleum® Modular. You can request samples of all our Marmoleum®
Modular Designs and our brochures which detail the many options you have with this
fabulous flooring. Once you have experienced the beauty of Marmoleum® Modular you
will want this beautiful flooring installed in your home for an eye catching
look. Our designers are here to help you pick the looks you like and our
contractor is ready to help you install these beautiful floors in your home or
business.

Written by Mikel
Robertson, Co-founder of Green It Now, Inc., 

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Sustainable Wood Veneer Doors by GreenLeaf Doors

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Visit our
online showroom at greengoodsusa.com. It is a great place for you to see
our line of Green Leaf Doors.

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Green Leaf Doors are designer end doors of architectural
grade made with environmentally friendly rapidly renewable materials. Green
Leaf Doors have an elegant look for your clients’ or your family’s satisfaction
and enjoyment. 

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Rosewood Grain Doors with Stainless Steel Inlay

Green Leaf Doors are manufactured with the finest quality sustainable
wood veneers. These doors also come in a variety of rapidly renewable bamboo.
Green Leaf Doors are intentionally designed and constructed for a beautiful
look and for a healthy environment inside of your home.

Our wide variety of hardwoods and bamboo will add beautiful
color and texture to any room in your home and can enhance other features of
the home. The wood veneers that we incorporate onto our flush and stile and
rail doors come in exotic colorful wood from around the world. These doors have
enhanced texture with either quarter cut grain or plain sawn cuts for maximum
exposure of the beauty of these wood grains. We have over sixty varieties of specialty
veneers to choose from.

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Walnut Grain Door with Stainless Steel Door Inlay

These wood veneers are grown in sustainably farmed forests,
are FSC Certified and have LEED certified credits on three levels. Our hardwood
veneer flush door line is also compliant with Phase 2 of the California Air
Resources Board as only low VOC glues and adhesives and water soluble dyes are
used. These extra efforts in building healthy sustainable door product will
improve the air quality of your home or business adding to your healthy
lifestyle. Green Leaf Doors are some of the most beautiful and well-built doors
on the market today. They are available in straight flush veneer grain for a
subtle beauty of wood grain or they can be enhanced with designer wood, bamboo
or metal inlay to give them either a craftsman style look or an Asian look
which will set off any room in the home with elegant design features.

We
here at Green It Now, Inc. and Green Goods are committed to promoting and
installing environmental and renewable architectural grade Green Leaf Doors.

If
you are looking for beautiful designer doors please visit our online showroom at greengoodsusa.com. We will be happy to send you samples of these veneers or bamboo and
our brochures which detail the fine construction of these designer doors. Once
you have experienced the beauty and construction of Green Leaf Doors you will
want to bring some of these finely designed doors into your home for an eye
catching look. Our designers are here to help you pick the looks you like and
our contractor is ready to help you install these works of art in your home or
business.

Written by Mikel Robertson, Co-founder of Green It Now, Inc., 

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