Bainbridge Island, Wash. – Teragren announced the launch of two new bamboo flooring collections featuring a high-performance hardwax-oil finish, on both a solid and an engineered platform.
Made from the company’s Xcora strand bamboo, said to be 160% harder than oak, the new Visions and Vantage II collections from Teragren feature 13 products, eight new colors and a new wire-brushed finish option on the Vantage II engineered platform.
“We’ve been looking into adding an oil finish to our assortment for a few years now” said Mike Boshart, Teragren president. “There are many uncertainties out there among retailers and installers around oil finishes, and we wanted to make sure that we brought to market the highest performing, easiest to maintain option. We found the right match with Rubio hardwax oil, and in conjunction with the design-forward color options, believe that these new looks meet the Teragren standards for performance, style, and environmental friendliness.”
Hardwax-oil style finishes have been popular in Europe for over two decades, but have just recently started making their way into the North American market. Unlike traditional oil finishes, the hardwax-oil from Rubio that Teragren has selected as the custom finish for its new Visions and Vantage II flooring collections is resistant to water spots and other liquid spills, and the flooring comes prefinished with a UV-cured hardwax-oil and ready to install.
The hardwax-oil finish works by molecularly bonding to the top fibers of the flooring plank, thereby sealing the surface and leaving a matte finish that offers a strong protective coating, highlighting the natural fiber of the floor with an open-grain look.
“Our new oil-finished collections are a great option for commercial installations” Boshart said. “Wear patterns from foot traffic can be easily refurbished as part of an ongoing maintenance program with minimal disruption to the business, without the need for a traditional sand and recoat.”
Many commercial installations have already opted for a Rubio hardwax-oil finish, including the W Hotel in Dallas, the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, and Google offices throughout the world.