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Is A Natural Oil Finish Right For Your Hardwood Floor?

Hardwood floors are one of the more popular choices for floor surfaces in homes these days, and it’s not hard to see why. The very distinct, warm look of hardwood gives homes a much friendlier, more “homey” look and feel. The texture is also pleasant as well, and, unlike stone or tile, tends to feel much warmer to exposed feet.

 

But there’s one decision homeowners need to make about how to protect their hardwood floors. This boils down to one of two choices; oil or varnish. We’re going to explain what the hardwood oil floor choice is, and why you might want to consider this.

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Hi William, For the exterior floor, we recommend you use the Decking oil Alis 579. Have a great day!... Read More
Monday, 29 October 2018 06:57
Marc-André, Ph. D
Thank you bathroom remodel. Yep, one step at a time is a good piece of advice. Have a great day!
Friday, 23 November 2018 14:47
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How To Protect Your Bamboo Kitchen Countertop

If you own or are thinking of getting a bamboo countertop installed in your kitchen, you’re making a great, distinctive choice! Bamboo wood is a rising star for wooden surfaces because it is ecologically sound. Not only is it a robust, versatile wood, its tropical roots mean that it is one of the most renewable wood sources on the planet thanks to how quickly it grows. If you’re interested in protecting it—or even restoring an old one—we can help make it a successful project!!

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5 Projects to use Wood Pallets

You have wood pallets available and you would like to design unique practical new projects? Whether you want to make furniture or decorations, here are a few ideas that should stimulate your imagination! And what is more, you do not need to be an expert to carry out these projects. 

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Livos: the Ecological Wood Finishing Oil

Nowadays health and environment are two major concerns. This is why, when considering choosing a finishing product, natural ecological products should be favored. Did you know that Livos' flax-based oils are the most efficient ecological substitute for acrylic or urethane-based varnishes or traditional oil stains?

 

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Livos' story: Back to our roots

Products for treating wood have existed for centuries. In fact, did you know that flax oil and tung oil have been used for more than 2000 years? Indeed these have been known as excellent in protecting wood against damage caused by water and sunshine. Evidence of their use has even been traced back to many years before Christ in products derived from the flax used in ancient civilizations in Egypt...



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9 questions commonly asked about how to stain a pine table

In early days, people had to use hard wood such as maple, birch or yellow birch to make fire. As a result, they used soft wood such as pine to make beams, floors, furniture and kitchen tables. So if you want to get a rustic look or that of our ancestral  homes, nothing can beat pine.

 

Either for a kitchen or living room table, you will get a more natural look by using wax or natural oil. For better durability, though, it is better to use oil or varnish. Do you really know the major differences of each of these finish products?  Here you will find out about them. Staining a pine table requires a particular way of doing it. Let us go over the questions commonly asked in order to help you to better choose your finish product!

 

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How to prepare a yellow birch floor for best results and maximum durability?

If you are a handyman in the least, you may be tempted to sand your yellow birch floor by yourself. Although it is recommended to call on a professional or make sure you are skilled enough for this kind of operation, doing it yourself is not impossible and can save a substantial amount of money. If you have decided to take on this adventure, follow these guidelines...

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How do you find your way out of the maze of wood stain products?

There are hundreds of outdoor stains. There are natural oil stains often found in specialized hardware stores, home made products found in cabinetmaking centers, high-end and low-end stains in large-scale renovations centers... In front of all these choices, it can be difficult to find our way out of this! Yet all products have their share of particularity which distinguishes them from each other. 

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Restoring your window has become a real head-scratcher? Please read this post!

Your old wooden windows are 25? 50? 100 years old? Worn, damaged and covered with a peeling paint, they completely lost their former look. Is the glass of your window damaged? Or is it the casing or the sash? It may be tempting to replace them with white PVC windows for the modern look but if your goal is a good return on investment by saving on energy costs, you might be surprised to learn that you will have to wait 100 years or even 250 years before seeing the color of your money, much more than the average life of these new windows1

(1) Harris, J. and Blasnik, M. (2007) Reference design guide for highly energy efficient residential construction. 64 pages. (https://library.cee1.org/system/files/library/1755/935.pdf)



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What product should I use to protect my wood dock against water and UV rays?

Mushrooms, bluishness, peeling, graying ... over the years, your dock will not be immune to damage caused by bad weather. By knowing how to choose the finishing product for our dock, we can avoid many worries. This is why it is important to understand the type of dock we are dealing with and to know the characteristics of a good protective product against the biggest assailants on our platforms: water and UV rays from the sun. 
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