We combine superior design and materials with strict manufacturing processes to consistently deliver the highest level of quality in every board we make.
Strict material specifications and rigorous testing
Our suppliers adhere to our strict raw material specifications and every floor we produce is monitored by more than 40 critical measurements to ensure consistent quality and accuracy.
NHLA (National Hardwood Lumber Association) certified inspectors examine all incoming lumber for thickness, width, grade, length, and stress. Moisture testing is also performed in accordance with ASTM-4442 guidelines.
Adhesive bond tests are performed daily, utilizing the ANSI/HPVA 3-cycle water soak and oven test methods. We have even successfully tested our product with beer to demonstrate that it is suitable for use in bars and restaurants.
Proprietary manufacturing process
Wood floors can gain and lose moisture depending on the relative humidity and temperature they are exposed to.
In low humidity and cooler temperatures, wood can shrink causing seasonal gaps, where spaces appear between boards. In high humidity and warmer temperatures, wood expands causing cupping, crowning or buckling, where the boards become misshaped.
Unlike many of our competitors’ products, Owens covers 100% of every board with a water-resistant PUR adhesive that provides superior flexibility and can withstand a broad range of temperatures. When our exterior-grade crossbanded plywood platform and the solid wood surface are sealed together, the adhesive creates an impermeable moisture barrier which minimizes seasonal expansion and contraction of the boards.
Calibration-sanded to ensure a uniform appearance
Our floors are calibration-sanded at the factory which virtually eliminates any differences in the thickness of the boards, commonly referred to as overwood.
The goal of calibration sanding is to ensure that every board is completely flat. The flatter the boards are, the more uniform they will appear. And, the easier it is to apply the finish.
When overwood exists on an unfinished floor, the installed floor can be lightly sanded to remove the overwood. Prefinished floors require a bit more effort because the bottom side of the boards must be sanded or planed to correct any inconsistencies in board thickness.
With no overwood to worry about, choosing a calibration-sanded Owens floor ensures a uniform appearance that can be installed with a third less labor.
Owens Flooring is the brand I recommend to customers who want top quality floors without sacrificing choices. Whether you want a more traditional style or the latest trend, these floors deliver every time.” Eric Kollander, Flooring Supply Wholesale