The Official Nova USA Wood Products Blog

Welcome to the Nova Blog. We have written many articles over the years about our hardwood products and we hope that we can help educate the hardwood flooring, decking and siding community about our beautiful, natural wood products. Our ultimate goal is help the customer make the right choices when using and specifying hardwoods. We have been importing and selling some of the most beautiful hardwoods on the planet - and now we also offer our proprietary Tung oil finish and patented decking and siding hidden fastener clips.

Our products are often sold as part of a system designed to perform at the highest level possible. Utilizing resilient clips and finishing off your project with the best exterior wood stain available is our solution to typical problems encountered with hardwoods used in exterior conditions. We are the first company to offer comprehensive Real Wood Solutions.

How to Remove Water Stains from Wood: A Case Study Using ExoShield on Moso Bamboo

Water Stains on wood finished with transparent oil or water-based finishes are a common issue for home owners...

Keeping the wood at your household looking fresh and brand new can be difficult, especially when it's outside. The look of beautiful Cedar, Ipe, or Mahogany when finished with a transparent oil-based finish is absolutely exceptional. But this exterior-facing wood has to battle against much more than the occasional spill or that one nephew who never uses a coaster when they come over. No, the wood used for the siding of your house or on your deck faces the weather 365 days a year. That's a tough job! Without proper protection, wear and tear will begin to show up after a while and it is not pretty. The most common problem our customers come to us with is water stains. These pesky blemishes come from exposure to moisture. What happens is that the water will sit on the wood and gradually dissolve extractives and natural tannins - once the water dissolves, the edges of those wet spots show discoloration on the surface. Take a look at this gorgeous siding whose beauty has seriously diminished due to severe water spotting:

Moso Siding Before Stain

Moso Bamboo siding with heavy water stains before the application of ExoShield Walnut

Moso Gate Before Stain

Moso Bamboo wood gate with heavy water stains before the application of ExoShield Walnut

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By Steve Getsiv, 10/21/20

Tropical Hardwood Fencing - The Last Fence You Will Ever Need

Quality over Price: Is it Worth the Investment?

Longevity

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Besides the simply stunning look of tropical hardwoods, natural durability is the best reason to choose tropical hardwoods over typical Cedar, Redwood, or Pine softwoods for your next fencing project. Tropical hardwoods are far less susceptible to rot and decay over time and they will continue to maintain better durability even if you allow them to gray out with weather exposure. Softwoods like Pine or SPF (Spruce, Pine, and Fir mix) will last around 5-10 years, perhaps a couple more if they are treated regularly. Cedar and Redwood can last up to 25 years with proper care. Hardwoods on the other hand will last you 50+ years even without a wood stain being regularly applied every two years.

Fire Safety

Additionally, most tropical hardwoods are Class A Fire Rated reducing the risk of flame-spread in states where forest fires are common. Fences built using tropical hardwoods also greatly reduce the chances of boards being broken or coming loose.

Size and Cost

Nova USA Wood supplies 7/16 x 5-1/2 fence boards by resawing 5/4x6 decking boards, which is an efficient and cost-effective approach for our customers. Having the boards re-sawn results in a smooth face and rough-sawn face, either of which can be used as the exposed side based on personal preference. When using 7/16 thick boards, the price of tropical hardwood fencing is affordable at around 20.00 to $25.00 for materials per running foot based on a 6 high fence. Matching hardwood posts and top rail can be used without worrying about the wood posts rotting while simultaneously avoiding the less-desirable look of pressure-treated lumber.

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By Keaton Smith, 09/25/20

Tips & Techniques for Preparing Your Deck for Annual Maintenance

Assessing the Condition of Your Deck

How to Start?

The first step with annual maintenance is to take a close look at the deck's condition so you can decide first, whether or not to refinish, and second, what steps are necessary. If you are using a very high end finish such as our ExoShield, you may be able to get away with finishing every two years instead of every year.

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This Cumaru hardwood deck shows some stains from where leaves sat on it over the winter - the deck was finished in August of 2018 with ExoShield Walnut. Color isn't horrible after almost two years but it clearly needs some cleaning. Photo taken in April 2020.

The key to this decision is how much color have you lost and do you have any serious dirt or stain left from leaves or other debris sitting on the deck over the winter. If the deck's color is still intact, a light rinse once all annual pollen has settled might be all you need to do. However, if the color is significantly faded, then you really should re-coat this year.

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There's still decent color left on this deck and certainly no algae, moss or other unwanted growths. Again, this photo was taken in April 2020 and the deck was finished with ExoShield Walnut in August 2018.

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By Steve Getsiv, 05/08/20

10 Modern Deck Ideas for a Stand-Out Back Yard

Batu decking on a customers lakehouse

A deck adds comfort and serenity to a home. Coming home to your deck at the end of the day, or just spending all day out on the deck, means its not just an addition to the home, but its a place homeowners can create memories.

Nova USA Wood Products is fully committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our employees and customers. This is our top priority as we continue to provide the support and service our customers rely on to keep their decks looking great. With so many people stuck at home right now, decks give us a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

Why Have a Wood Deck?

A wood deck is a versatile choice homeowners prefer for multiple reasons. Pairing the right modern wood deck with the perfect design can take an average deck to something truly beautiful. Unlike composite materials that try to mimic natural wood, real wood gives natural color variations that simply arent reproducible by machines.

With a choice between four- and six-inch boards, along with dozens of wood varieties, there are plenty of choices for modern wood deck designs. Weve compiled a few modern deck ideas to help get that inspiration flowing!

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By Steve Getsiv, 05/01/20

Refinishing a Cello with a Polymerized Tung Oil Ground Coat

Over the Winter, I did a complete rebuild on my cello which I originally purchased on craigslist for $250 in June of 2019. I'm an engineer by education and have been taking things apart and putting them back together my whole life.

After doing an initial set up, I wasn't happy with the sound, especially the D string which was kind of muffled and not open sounding. I started with carving a new bridge, and have since carved 4 more, always trying to improve my skills. I tried different sound post positions taking notes about how it affected the sound. I then researched fingerboard undercutting and tap toning of the fingerboard itself - I finally got up enough courage to pull the fingerboard and relieve the back side - originally it was very rough, carved by a team of beavers, most likely.

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The instrument got better and better as I did this work but still wasn't even as good as some of the shop German cellos I played in local Portland shops. It became obvious to me that the plates were way too thick so I took a deep dive at platetuning.org and read every article I could find. After taking the instrument apart twice, I eventually came to realize that "free plate tuning" is not the final answer but fixed plate tuning (I ended up building a jig for the belly to hold the edges in place), worked really well and helped my focus on thinning the areas that needed attention. After my second regraduation session, the cello really started to sound great - better than anything I could find in shops up to $20K.

Fixed Plate Tuning of Cello on Subwoofer Shaker Table

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By Steve Getsiv, 04/28/20

Choosing a Better, Longer-Lasting Deck Stain

Anyone who entertains at home knows how inviting an outdoor space can be for parties and family gatherings. Many homes feature outdoor patio and deck areas because they’re appealing for large groups. But homeowners need to keep features like wood decks up to date on maintenance. With some stains, that can result in a lot of upkeep, so many homeowners are in search of the longest-lasting deck stain available.

Here are a few features to keep in mind when you’re choosing a high-performing stain for your wood deck.

Afternoon tea on the lookout

This 12 YEAR OLD Cumaru 1x4 Hardwood deck, located in Portland, Oregon, is sporting a fresh coat of ExoShield Walnut, Nova's own Tung oil deck stain.

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What to Look for in a Deck Stain

This Old House recently reported how “wood deck additions are one of the top remodeling projects for homeowner return on investment.” In fact, according to a 2018 Cost vs. Value report, installing a wood deck has an average ROI of over 80% percent.

Deck installations are also a popular DIY weekend project. But decks come with a considerable amount of upkeep and maintenance. Because it’s such a trendy feature, wood deck construction has given rise to a demand for quality deck stains … ones that last longer than a few months before fading and needing to be reapplied.

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By Chad Koehnen, 04/14/20

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