TOOLS & SUPPLIES
National Hardwood is readily stocked with essential items that its commercial and residential customers request. We’re able to accommodate all the needs, from the smallest nails to the most powerful sanders.
We inventory a vast assortment of stains and finishes, and specialized tools. Basically, there’s something for everyone.
Water-based adhesives are considered the most environmentally friendly choice among all adhesives. They do not contain any solvents and are safe to install. But, they are not suitable for every type of installation (their suitability depends on the type of both the floor and the sub-floor).
Solvent based adhesives are the second major type of adhesives which unlike the first option described above, can be used with a broad range of installations. However, they do contain solvents, which are non-hazardous and evaporate after a few weeks of installation).
And the third possibility – urethane-based adhesives, also called moisture-cure adhesives. They are most versatile, offering the largest range of applications. Moreover, they guarantee the greatest installation security.
As is the case with most decisions you take, flooring adhesives must be chosen consciously, after weighing down pros and cons of each option, you should choose the very best quality which you can afford. Do not ever look for the cheapest products taking into account only the price factor – by compromising on the quality of your wood flooring adhesive, you can end up with an unsatisfactory end result. The market abounds with various types of adhesives. There are also a lot of wood flooring adhesive brands offering products which differ in terms of quality and price. In our opinion it's best to check them for three major features, including strength, durability and compatibility. The first one – strength should ensure a stable bond between the flooring and the subfloor. Durability determines whether the given adhesive will stand the test of time. And the third aspect – compatibility ensures that the adhesive is appropriate for both materials that it should bond. And finally, remember that it is always best to consult someone who has experience and expertise in this field for helpful advice on which adhesive best suits your project. However, even if you've hired professionals to install the floor for you, it is always a good idea to double check that the wood flooring adhesive chosen by them suits the recommendation of your flooring supplier. By doing so, you can be sure that all the right choices have been made for your project.
Has a lower VOC content, a milder odor, and requires less drying time than oil-based poly. Most varieties require just two to four hours of drying time between coats. Doesn’t yellow as much as oil-based polys do. Water-based polyurethane usually requires the application of more coats than oil-based finish does. Available in single-component and two-component varieties. More expensive than oil-based poly finishes.
This type of finish cures by absorbing moisture vapor from the air. Extremely high VOC content and very strong fumes––proper ventilation and respirators are required during application. Extremely durable. It’s more water-resistant than most other finishes. Most formulas amber with age. Relatively expensive compared to other finishes.
Penetrating oil / sealer
As the name suggests, this type of finish penetrates the wood and fills the pores to create a durable seal. Penetrating oil consists of a blend of natural oils, usually including tung oil. Tends to turn an amber color over time. Very durable. Mild odor, low VOC, mellow sheen. Simple to apply and touch up. Needs long drying times between coats––usually 24 to 48 hours––but will turn whitish in color if it is allowed to dry too quickly. Penetrating oil is good for use on antique flooring.
This was a common hardwood floor finish of choice before polyurethane finishes were created. Wax seeps into the pores of the wood to give it extra durability, but it’s vulnerable to water damage. Wax needs regular maintenance and is not as durable as poly. Low luster, amber appearance. Tends to darken the wood. Low VOC content.
UV floor finishes
UV curing technology, used in conjunction with UV floor finishes, cure the floor instantly. This allows you to put the floors back into use almost immediately. Perfect for situations where you need a quick turnaround time, like restaurants and other commercial settings. A UV-cured hardwood floor is very resistant to mechanical and chemical abrasion.