Jami McBride wrote:
Zenais - thanks for jumping in and sharing. I am concerned that the finish will be to soft and really mess up as things are dropped on it, are there gouges and pit marks in your daughters floor? And can you tell me what you like about this type of floor? I'm still trying to decide if this will work for our hard living lifestyle <g> if you know what I mean.
Do you have any pictures to share Zenais . . . . .
Oh! I just thought of another reason: before the paper floor, in our old log cabin, I had hand painted the floors. While I loved them, the kids were ready for what they called a 'real, non-hippy space'! I think it is hilarious that they thought a paper floor was mainstream. I guess compared to our old floor it is!
Leah miller wrote:I choose the floor because it was cheap and easy enough for me to install and you can repair it. They had carpet in the dining room and with 5 kids it got really nasty so the paper floor is 1000x better than what we had.
The fact is that most products with solvents become safe when dry as the solvents have evaporated. As long as care is taken to provide ventilation during the drying phase, health and safety concerns are minimized.
Leah miller wrote:Your right Jamil Elmers is non toxic and brown paper floors can be an greener option for flooring. I used Bona Traffic HD because its green certified and safe to use around kids and animals the only down side to it is 115$ a gallon. The bona doesn't stink and it is harder than polyurethane but don't use it if you're going to use an oil based stain. Oil based stains smells like hell and I don't recommend using it. If the floor in the dining room and kitchen hold up well I will be doing the entire house. You could use any color paper you wanted but it will make the floor cost more.
Terry Ruth wrote:The best away around all these complexities is to bond to bare wood such as a stripped down wood floor. If OSB or plywood nail bare wood panels down, glue, stain, and poly to it. Less costly in new construction.
Jami McBride wrote:Hey Bill,
I visited the Osmo site and watched the videos - looks real easy.
I was wondering do you use all their products for cleaning and maintenance - if not what do you use?
Leah miller wrote:
Bill your floor looks awesome do you know how much it would cost per sq ft?
Jay C. White Cloud wrote:
I want to also stress...being in the "natural building" section...plywood, polyurethane, and the related don't really fit into that parameter and is another reason I am separating my post from this one. I understand fully...and appreciate..."plowing with the horses we got" mentality...Good job all of you!!...Yet, there are traditional and natural alternatives that are both durable and sustainable, which don't support some of the nasties industries and companies in the construction field!