Locally Sustainable Products
Some products are considered “green products” because the product regenerates as in the case of cork flooring or wool carpet… other “green” flooring comes from products that are all natural – thus producing lower VOC’s and better results for individuals with allergens. It is also important to consider locally sustainable products – By purchasing flooring produced closer to your home, you are giving business to your friends and neighbors, and reducing pollution that can sometimes be caused by more extensive delivery methods.
While there are many excellent products in the United States as well as overseas, Milford Flooring is working to increase its emphasis on offering locally sustainable products. Some of these products include:
Preverco Hardwood Flooring – Quebec, Canada and Maine Traditions Hardwood Flooring – Solon, Maine.
Both of these companies use North American Wood for its flooring. The wood is harvested from local forests, is milled and prefinished within several hours of our store. By working directly with the mills, we have less issues with inventory as the mill ships direct to us rather than a distributor. Distributors often require a full truckload of orders before the mill can ship our order, which can sometimes delay our orders weeks, if not months. In addition, these two mills work to keep substantial inventories in stock and produce most of their products every two weeks… so in most cases, we are able to deliver high quality local products within weeks, not months! This keeps your project on time, and it ensures that the flooring you are installing comes from local mills and with minimal transportation costs.
Antiquity Tile is made by hand, one tile at a time, at their kiln in Hampden, Maine.
Antiquity’s tiles are designed and hand sculpted by owners, artist and sculptor, Brad Wiseman and Paul Spaulding.
Once the tile is designed and carved, a mold is made. Then wet clay is hand pressed into each mold. As the tile is released onto the table, details are added by hand. This handwork adds to the uniqueness of each tile. Once the tiles dry, then the glazing begins. The tiles are either hand painted or dipped with one of Antiquity’s 28 plus glazes. These glazes are uniquely formulated and made by us, for our ceramic line. The nature of the glazes coupled with Antiquity’s wood firing process, gives the tile a lot of variation and a one of a kind look.
Wood firing is the most ancient way of firing ceramic pottery and tile. They have been firing wood kilns for almost 40 years. The kilns fire to temps upwards of 2500 degrees, taking almost 36 hours to reach these temps. This creating a “high fired” tile that is vitreous and frost proof. Strong and durable for use indoors and out, kitchens, baths, fireplace surrounds, outdoor kitchens and swimming pools, just to name a few unique uses.
It is Antiquity’s unique mix of designs, glazes and firing process that creates their niche in the American Art tile movement.