HempWood® Natural Flooring
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The process of creating HempWood® Natural Flooring starts in the field. All hemp is sourced within 100 miles of the factory from local farmers. After the hemp is collected, a soy-based adhesive is used to bind full-length fibre hemp stalks. After the hemp stalks and soy-based adhesive are combined, the material is compressed and baked to form HempWood® Blocks.
From the Blocks, 4mm HempWood® veneers are cut for the top layer of the engineered flooring. For the substrate, a 5-layer PureBound® Hardwood Plywood is used. The plywood is sourced from Columbia Forest Products, which is located in West Virginia.
After cutting the veneers and ripping the plywood, the flooring is assembled with the help of PUR glue. After adhering the HempWood® veneer to the Purebond® Plywood, a tongue and groove profile is cut into the flooring. The tongue and groove profile and engineered format allows for ease of installation on both wood and concrete subfloors. HempWood® Flooring can be installed by nail down, glue down, or floating.
HempWood® Natural Flooring is safe with ultra-low VOCs due to HempWood’s no-added formaldehyde soy-based adhesive. The engineered format offers ease of installation, multiple subfloor applications, and the ability to be refinished up to four times. HempWood® Natural Flooring has a Janka Hardness Rating of 2,200 lbf, which is 20% harder than American white oak. The flooring is also CARB 2 and TSCA VI Compliant. In addition to the ultra-low VOCs, the fire rating is a Class 1, which is well above the commercial standard.