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Antique Building Products Grace Your Home

Rich Tradition Warm Ambiance & Elegance

Antique Building Products are all the rage. Countless mills and suppliers of these beautiful quality products are being seen in the countries leading Home Shows for 2009. Antique wood floors, stairs, railings, banisters, are just a few of the products generating excitement being felt by our industry right now. Bringing the rich tradition & warm ambiance of reclaimed antique wood flooring businesses & homes of distinction alike are discovering green flooring products that are completely sustainable as well as VOC free naturally. Whether your goal is contemporary or traditional, rustic or refined, all these magnificent reclaimed wood flooring products from America's past is the heart and soul of today's design vision.

After many years of experience with reclaimed lumber, wood flooring, antique flooring, and a wide range of other natural wood products are preferred for cutting edge design. Architects, and builders have helped the industry at large to understand the type of products that will be considered and developed in today's markets. Quality distributors that purchase antique wood flooring products have found a variety of custom mills here in the United States which have the flexibility to produce products made from reclaimed wood to exact specifications. Proximity for shipping costs is not outrageous, and the refined beauty these beautiful hardwoods bring to any project are worth investigating.

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Tigerwood Hardwood Flooring

Green Floors Are Awesome

What's New out there in the flooring world that is considered Green and a sustainable resource?

Here's something you may be interested in. How about considering a Tigerwood Floor!

What is Tigerwood:

Tigerwood comes from a tree with the botanical name of Astronium fraxinifolium predominantly found in Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The actual wood itself is like many exotic woods with a hardness rating of 1850 on the Janka scale. Production of this really interesting wood requires exceptional care during the drying process, to ensure the wood is not damaged. This hardwood floor type is superior in dimensional stability than many other hardwood floors out there in the markeplace. Tigerwood is naturally resistant to beetles. This is an awesome quality to have in the world of homes.

Tigerwood flooring has a very unusual look, and is the reason it acquired its name because of its striated patterns. This is also why it is also known as zebrawood. The background colors are usually a moderate tan to light brown color with stripes of a somewhat chocolate brown color. This darker band of color darkens on exposure to sunlight but, in general is considered not to darken more than most other hardwood floors. In most cases, when it darkens, the background color becomes a darker red color from its original reddish tan. The overall effect When this happens is that the darker striations become muted.

Sanding Tigerwood floors requires careful work. Highly susceptible to scratches, which could damage its appearance. Keith Clay Floors recommends a carbide tipped saws for cutting. Tigerwood hardwood flooring can be nailed down, but pre–boring is advisable. Gluing is also an acceptable option.

Tigerwood is extremely popular flooring choice which gives a room a rich, beautiful and elegant appearance. The final product of this high–end floor is a phenomenal sight. Tigerwood is also used in making paneling, shutters and fine furniture, so has many of the natural green products applications.

Cork: Improving On Nature

Green Benefits For Your Home

It's hard to improve on Mother Nature, but did you realize cork suppliers are doing just that? Improvements mean new products that offer even greater green benefits for the home today as well as commercial applications.

Cork is nature's special gift to the flooring industry. Used in commercial applications for its durability; cork is becoming a hot choice for residential homes due to the unique health and energy-saving benefits it offers to you the consumer. And, with more people becoming aware of it, more product options are being offered by cork flooring suppliers to meet the growing demand.

Often, cork was installed in the kitchen because of its comfort, warmth and durability. More recently cork floors are now being installed throughout the whole house because new flooring uses are being rediscovered. The natural attributes of cork also include comfort underfoot, fire resistance, insect resilience, anti-microbial properties, and thermal and acoustical insulation to help reduce power consumption and absorb noise.

Did you know that cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees? It is also a member of the beech family — in the Mediterranean, primarily in Portugal. The bark is peeled from the trees every nine years, a practice that actually helps the tree to thrive. What a wonderful idea to use something that makes a tree healthy. Trees are not cut down or harmed in any way as they regenerate; it is not unusual for a 200-year-old tree to continue to produce viable cork.

Today's cork floors are styled to meet a wide range of decorating needs for comfort and color. The look can be fine-grained, marbleized or even show a wood grain appearance in various shades and colors, from light honey to dark walnut.

It is also environmentally friendly from a cleaning perspective and needs only a damp mop — no chemicals. Pleasant to the touch with bare feet on a cold day, cork's tissue is a gaseous matter, it makes a great thermal and acoustical insulator. Happy Feet right...

Cork's durability extends to the fact that bugs, mold and even termites are repelled due to a naturally occurring waxy substance in the material called Suberin, which also prevents cork from rotting even when completely submerged under water for long periods of time. Lastly, cork does not spread flames nor does it release toxic gases during combustion.

Go green in your home. Start with the floors. It's the single largest square footage in your home and can make a big difference. Here at Keith Clay Floors, 972-463-6604, we offer you World Class Craftsmanship at Reasonable Prices.

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Distinctive, Original and Beautiful Green Floors

Boasts Responsible Harvesting Practices

Distinctive, Original, and Beautiful: Let's talk about this Certified Green Flooring material made from Tigerwood. This wonderful exotic wood is known in the industry as A Certified Green Flooring Material. Responsible Harvesting Practices & FSC Certified Formats are a very important element today.

Tigerwood flooring and decking, is sometimes known as Goncalo Alves, is one of the most distinctive natural decking and natural flooring materials in the world. However, Tigerwood (sometimes also known as Bois de Zebre, or ""Zebrawood"", in French) bears a natural striking resemblance to its namesake: The background of Tigerwood hardwood floors & decking is a light yellow-orange to more distinct orange with a fine texture and a somewhat medium luster. Next, you find the distinctive bold black striping that completes this beautiful and exotic tiger-look of Tigerwood decking and flooring.

The Tigerwood Tree and Environmental Sustainability: The Origins of Tigerwood Hardwood Flooring & Decking, Responsible Harvesting Practices, and FSC Certified Formats.

Tigerwood is found in many places and climates throughout Central and South America, Caribbean, and at a range of altitudes, and predominantly in Neotropical forests. The tree itself is known to grow up to 3 feet in diameter, and reach heights of 120ft. Freshly cut, the Tigerwood log reveals brilliant orange tones with bold black striping.

Tigerwood products, have special care ensuring the integrity of the manufacturing process and is harvested in environmentally sustainable ways. Requesting FSC certified Tigerwood products assures that these precious woods are responsibly harvested. Another side benefit found in nature: Tigerwood is Ferociously Resistant: Floors and Decks are very durable and features a substantial Janka Hardness Ratings.

A Tigerwood floor will age well inside or outside. In a similar fashion to Ipe decking, if used outside, it will slowly undergo a color shift if left untreated and attain a distinguished silvery-gray shade over time. Tigerwood decks feature great resistance to rot and decay, with particular resistances to insects and fungus. This is an exceptional quality to have in any home or business and in any setting.

According to manufacturers: Additionally, Tigerwood flooring and decks do not require unsafe chemicals in order to protect the wood from wear and tear. A Tigerwood Floor or Deck has a Janka hardness rating which comes in at 1,850 pounds. Wow! This is vastly superior to most other hardwood products. If you have particular questions about Tigerwood, please give us a call today and find out more: 972-463-6604.

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Daltile Launches Manufactured Stone Collection

One Stop Option Featured

Collection features eleven new product series in a wide range of popular, exciting stone looks; Offers architects and landscape designers a “one-stop” option for their tile and stone needs

Daltile (Dallas, TX, June 22, 2009) - Daltile, the largest U.S. manufacturer and distributor of ceramic tile and natural stone, has entered the siding market with the launch of its new Manufactured Stone collection. With this bold expansion into the manufactured stone category, Daltile is now a “one-stop” option, offering a complete range of tile and stone products.

"€œWhether they're seeking tile, natural stone or, now, manufactured stone, designers, landscape architects and stone masons can be confident that they'll receive the same high level of quality and service that they've come to expect from Daltile. Simply put, we're a complete source for tile and stone products,"€ said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director for Daltile.

In addition to its use on interior walls and backsplashes, Daltile's Manufactured Stone collection further expands the company's focus on exterior applications. In 2007, Daltile officially launched its Exteriors Collection, which grouped more than sixty outdoor-appropriate natural stone and porcelain tile products to help designers and homeowners pinpoint the best tiles for their outdoor spaces.

"€œBy adding manufactured stone siding to our already extensive array of exterior products, we aim to make the selection process as simple as possible for anyone who designs or specifies products for outdoor spaces, including building exteriors, outdoor rooms, retaining walls and other places where stone looks are desired, as well as in popular interior applications like on fireplaces and in wine rooms," added Kirk-Rolley.

Manufactured stone is one of the fastest growing segments of the siding market, nearly doubling in size from 2002 to 2008, according to Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association estimates.

In its first public appearance, Daltile's River Rock Manufactured Stone series was recently featured in an episode of ABC's hit show "€œExtreme Makeover: Home Edition,"€ where it was used on a massive, 26-foot tall fireplace in a home built for a Florida family who, in a hurricane-damaged home, was in need of modifications for the blind and the deaf children they adopted from China.

Keith Clay has been in business for almost 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.

Testimonials

"Keith Clay Floors got rid of old stain on my brick floor and refinished with a new, darker stain. It went well. The final floors look beautiful."

-- Julie R.
   Dallas, TX

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Keith Clay has been in business for 30 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604.