Floorcare & Maintenance
Keep your hardwood floors in top condition with these tips.
 
What To Expect
What to expect before, during & after your hardwood installation.
 
Important Considerations
Steps to take in preparing for your hardwood refinishing.
 
How Hard is Hardwood?
See how your hardwood choice measures up on the Janka scale.
 
The History of Hardwoods
An explanation of hardwood use throughout history.
 
Hardwood Species
Images of popular hardwood floor species.
 
The Character of Wood
Some defining characteristics that set hardwood apart.
 
Grades of Hardwood
A different grade for any floor application: home or business.
 
Making The Decision
Key factors to account for in your decision to have a wood floor.
 
Conservation Information
Information on preserving our hardwoods for the future.
 
 
Hardwood flooring can last for decades. It insulates well and improves the frame strength of a house. It helps a home sell faster and can add a spike to its selling price. Also, hardwood flooring has two major benefits over carpeting:
1.) Easier to clean than carpeting.
2.) Better for people who have allergies. New carpets can be a source of chemical emissions. Carpet emits volatile organic compounds, as do products that accompany carpet installation such as adhesives and padding. Some people report symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; skin irritations; shortness of breath or cough; and fatigue, which they may associate with new carpet installation. Carpet can also act as a “sink” for chemical and biological pollutants including pesticides, dust mites, and fungi, etc.
Hardwood lumber, floors, staircases, and moldings create rich natural colors with handcrafted quality. Hardwood enhances any environment in which it's introduced.
Some quick reasons why you should choose hardwood:
  • Natural, warm, authentic color
  • Simple, yet decorative for any room in the house
  • Rugged, yet charming
  • Durable, yet easy to care for
  • Beauty that’s hard to tire of
  • Lasts the lifetime of the home
  • Adds real value to a home
 
It’s a simple thing: hardwood introduces a definite stature and an undeniable charm to any room and becomes more valuable as time goes by.
 
Hardwood Stands Up to the Test of Time
Hardwood transcends time. Over the long run, it’s possibly the least expensive option. With hardwood, you have three options to maintain its quality, character, and integrity:
 
1.) You can lightly screen and re-coat with urethane to bring back the original luster.
2.) You can completely sand and refinish the surface to make the wood look like new.
3.) A urethane-protected hardwood surface provides so much durability you may never need to choose either of the above two options.
 
Hardwood Is Part of America's Past
Hardwood is part of our past. Hardwood craftsmanship can now be blended with the advances of modern technology to aesthetically enhance any room in which you choose to use hardwood.
 
There are many varieties of colors and species of hardwoods. From the color of light, natural Maple to the rich reds of Cherry, hardwoods will bring naturally diverse colors into any room. Other colors and species include Oak, White Ash, Mahogany, Walnut, Beech, Hickory, Brazilian Cherry, American Cherry and so many more.
 
Which Hardwood Last The Longest?
Generally, the harder the wood the more durable. However, grain and color must be considered because light colors with less grain may actually show more wear than "softer" woods. The hardest woods include Brazilian Cherry, Maple, White Oak, and Hickory/Pecan while American Cherry and Walnut are softer hardwoods.
 
Making The Decision Key factors to account for in your decision to have a wood floor.