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We have over thirty years of manufacturing experience and we meet or exceed stringent U.S. flooring standards. Because of our strict quality assurance and quality control process, our products are one of the best on the market.

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Flooring Information

Flooring Information

Choosing a new floor can be very exciting as well as a little overwhelming.  There are so many styles and colors to choose from.  You will need to determine what your home can accommodate and what will look best with your furniture and your decor. If you decide on hardwood (which is a great choice), before you head out the door to go shopping, here are some things you should know about hardwood floors.
What types of trees are used for hardwood flooring?
Hardwood flooring is manufactured from deciduous tree species (trees that shed their leaves in winter).  The wood used to manufacture hardwood flooring is chosen by hardness and dimensional stability as well as for color and grain.  There are approximately 50 species of wood used to make hardwood flooring. With such a large variety of colors and styles, there should be a hardwood floor option that will enhance any décor.
What is a lifespan of a hardwood floor?
Along with its charm and character, hardwood is durable.  Wood floor can last a lifetime – even longer!  Hardwood can last more than a century with good care and maintenance.

When your wood floors start looking a little worn and dull you can renew their life and luster by having them recoated or refinished.  Both of these options can make your floors look brand new.

The Janka Scale can give you a good indication of how a specific hardwood species can be expected to perform based on your lifestyle and the traffic on your floors. Learn more here

What is the environmental benefit to hardwood?
Wood flooring is the most environmentally friendly flooring option available today.  They are a renewable option for flooring because trees can be replanted to replace the tress that are harvested to make hardwood floors.  In fact, in the United States there are 1.66 trees planted for every tree harvested.  That means there are more trees today than just a few decades ago.  Wood floors use less water and energy to produce than any other flooring option.  They require fewer raw materials and product less landfill waste.
What are my best choice in wood species?
You should consider the day to day traffic that will be on your floor.  If you have a large family with pets, you may want to consider a harder wood.  Red and White Oak are the most common domestic wood floors in the US along with Hickory and Maple (which are harder than oak). There are several exotic woods that are not as durable such as mahogany, but are known for their striking appearance and beauty. Hardwood species have a large range of durability, color and grain patterns. Each species has its own characteristics.
Is there a competitive benefit to wood floors?
Homes with wood floors sell faster and for more money than homes that do not have wood flooring. If you and your neighbor have an identical house accept you have wood floor, you can accept to get 10% more for your home on the market.  Your hardwood floors are also going to offer you long-term value versus other types of flooring. When hardwood flooring is maintained properly, they can last for hundreds of years.  They can literally last for the lifetime of your home!
Are there any health benefits?
You can breathe easy with hardwood floors! They improve the air quality and don’t hold allergens, microorganisms or harmful pesticides that can be tracked into your home from the outdoors. Wood floors don’t harbor mold, dust or animal dander.
How do I determine my cost?
There are several factors you need to know when estimating the cost for your floors.  We can help you determine the total cost for your floors.  Here is a list of what determines the total cost:
Cost per square foot
Product delivery
Sub-floor preparation
Demolition and disposal of your old floor
Furniture removal and replacement
Materials needed for installation
Hardwood floors come in numerous colors from light blond to bland, depending on the stain and finish. Color is determined by the species and from which part of the tree the wood was cut.  The stain and finish will also determine the color.  All of these factors and variations are what make your floor unique.
Grain patterns

To make your hardwood flooring, logs are cut in three different ways: plain sawn, rift sawn and quarter sawn.  All three of these cuts will determine what the grain pattern will look like. Plain sawn produces traditional wood grain, with rolling patterns known as cathedrals.Rift-sawn boards feature long, linear consistent grain without cathedrals.Quarter-sawn looks very similar to rift-sawn but has additional irregular figuring

Board widths and lengths
There are a variety of widths and lengths to choose from.  You can get 2 to 6” planks. Typically, the bigger the room, the wider planks seem to look best.  The width of the boards you choose will affect the cost of your floor.  While the wider plank can look more expensive, in reality it usually is more expensive.

Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwood planks are manufactured from a single solid piece of wood.  Solid wood flooring can be professionally sanded and refinished several times during its life.  If properly cared for, solid hardwood flooring can last more than a century.

Engineered Hardwood
Made from a core of real wood with a top layer of hardwood on top of the core. Engineered wood flooring is less susceptible to shrinking and expanding with temperature and humidity changes making it extremely durable.

Historically, floors were hand scraped to make floors flat, but today handscraping is done during manufacturing to give the floor an antique or vintage look, adding character and texture.  This process creates a one of a kind floor as no two handscraped floors are alike.

Pre-finished means just that, the floor comes already sanded, screened and stained when being manufactured. Numerous coats of urethane are sprayed on each board and then UV dried to create a strong, durable lasting finish.

Finish in Place
Unfinished floors are installed into your home, then sanded, stained and finished with 2 or 3 coats of urethane.  This process takes more time to install than pre-finished because of the drying time for each coats.  You cannot walk on your floors until this process is complete, but for some people the wait is worth the level of customization you can get with this option.

What is your preference – glossy, semi-gloss or matte?  Gloss finishes will offer the most shine and reflect the most light.  Semi-gloss will still shine and reflect light, but not as much as gloss.  A matte finish offers the least amount of shine and light reflection.  Just remember when making your choice, just like paint on your walls, the more light and shine will show scratches and any other wear on your floors.