GLUE DOWN WOOD FLOORS
DOUGLAS FIR FLOORS
down wood floors?! Yes!!
floor for the rest of us!
Glue down wood floors? Cost, height
considerations, simplicity, Do-it-yourself, environmental
sensitivity to glues, are
all reasons that come to mind.
our GLUE DOWN floors
A durable Douglas fir floor is
a great price. This
is for a really nice, waste free, Mountain High Grade floor.
contains a high percentage of Vertical Grain, at least 80% Heart
Wood, only good knots, carefully end chopped and bundled. A fine floor.
plywood to buy. No nails. No
drum sander to mess with!
Not only do you save on the thickness of the floor,
but conventional installations need a minimum of ¾” of plywood
underlayment which of
course adds at least $1.75
to $2.50 per sq. ft. to buy and install.
Really, glue down is easy. The floor comes all
chopped out and very straight. All you need to do to start is clean
your surface well, measure well, start gluing.
Putty any cracks, sand and oil and seal or oil and wax.
simple glue like Bostik’s Best or any good sub-floor adhesive will
work well. These glues do outgas, but I am told that this is a
fairly quick ‘event’ and that within
a week they are completely cured. Ditto Bona Kemi’s
Eon 70, the lowest VOC, rapid cure product on the market.
of the most durable, stand alone species in the world.
Grain Douglas Fir floors frequently last 100 plus years.
Hence our motto, The Hundred Year Floor.
Doug Fir’s extremely low co-efficient of expansion makes it
particularly suited to glue down applications.
Even water doesn’t much make it move.
Ask about our torture tests in our shop!
Down!!?? Can you do that?
many ‘Experts’ have told you that you just cannot glue down a
‘real’ wood floor to concrete?
If you are like me, you have asked, and you may have even had
your intelligence insulted!
Without sounding like a snake-oil salesman,
let me say that I have looked at it long and hard, and Yes! You can
have a fantastic, real wood floor with excellent wear
characteristics, great looks and the expectation of decades of
‘regular’ business in conventional ¾”, nail-down flooring is
prospering nicely and I wouldn’t develop this product if I
didn’t believe it could work well.
have been doing my homework for the past few years now:
We have several
installations going on
two years old. One, a residence near Solano Beach California must be
working fine because the customer has not said a word! That was
several thousand square feet, over two years ago.
success story, is a conference room at a church of nearly 2000
people in Santa Fe NM. This
floor is pictured in our current limited photos.
It is really, really good looking.
It is holding up like new under daily use with swivel chairs,
kids playing video games and general daily use.
We will be installing another 900 square feet in the
foyer/entrance area within days of this writing.
Believe me, I wouldn’t hold myself up to ridicule at my
home church if I wasn’t sure this was going to work!
is Old Wood LLC? We
have been making custom Douglas Fir floors for about seven years as
of 2006. The Old Family comes from the Viveash Ranch which
suffered a catastrophic fire in 2000 which burned over 1700 acres of
densely forested land on our place and went on to burn nearly 40,000
acres in total. We
are a Certified Tree farm as well as National Wood Floor Association
( NWFA ) members. We look for effective, practical and beautiful
applications for the material God has provided us with and our
commitment to sane, effective forestry as a trade, tool and provider
of livelihood sis ‘who we are’.
We pay above average wages, bonuses and our crew are
important to us as people as well as craftsmen and women. Our new
plant in Las Vegas NM is a work in progress and we continually plow
any profit back into training, bonuses and technology.
We have recently completed a major upgrade to allow us to
better use the wood we have and to process smaller logs which were
Old Wood LLC aims to be the
Most Bang for the Buck in the quality flooring business and
we feel this Glue Down floor is a market making product in that