MONROE, Virginia (January 17, 2012) — In Monroe, Virginia, Mario Halkyer’s firm, HistoricalSalvage.com, has a firm grasp on the restoration market. Halkyer specializes in using materials from buildings slated for demolition or destruction for renovation and remodeling projects, including flooring, furniture and more.
According to Halkyer, the types of structures he is able to “salvage” wood from ranges in a wide variety.
“We’ve pulled from just about every type of structure that was about to be dismantled, from houses and barns to sheds, cabins and historic buildings,” Halkyer said. “It’s really been our focus to take the wood from meaningful buildings – historic or not – and repurpose it so that we’re able to save a little on the environment but also salvage the memories of those buildings by reusing them in other forms.”
HistoricalSalvage.com does just about all types of wood-focused projects, Halkyer said, from custom flooring, hand-hewn or rough sawn beams, to mantels and hand-made furniture. And with all of his projects over the last 25 years, he’s had a chance to use a variety of different sealers and finishes.
“I use Waterlox because it’s a great product that always does the job for me,” Halkyer said. “It brings out the real natural color of a wood and it soaks in to seal it in a way that most products can’t. It’s one thing to be reclaiming salvaged woods but to be able to protect them and make them look the way they did yesteryear, that’s important. And that’s why I use Waterlox Original Tung Oil finishes.”
Waterlox resin-modified Tung oil-based finishes are different from other types of wood finishes on the market and offer a “best of both worlds” alternative. For example, raw oils penetrate into the wood but will not provide any real protection to the substrate and will need to be recoated often due to oxidation.
Surface finishes such as urethanes (either water or oil-based) will lie on top of the surface, look more like plastic, can be brittle and once breached will fail. The reason we are the best of both worlds is because Waterlox’s resin-modified Tung oil formation penetrates like raw oil, but protects and nurtures the wood without being brittle and having the plastic look of surface finishes.
Founded in 1910, Waterlox Coatings Corporation, based in Cleveland, Ohio, is the nation’s leading manufacturer of premium wood finishes, handmade from resin-modified Tung oil. A fourth-generation, family-owned company, now run by Chief Executive Officer Jay Hawkins and Vice President Kellie Hawkins Schaffner, Waterlox continues to manufacture products using the finest ingredients, combining Tung oil, resins, mineral spirits and other ingredients to produce a complete wood finish that gives the look and feel of naturally oiled wood. Waterlox products represent the flooring industry’s highest level of quality protection for both interior and exterior wood finishing projects and also supply tools for application.