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More Affordable Plank Flooring Options

More Affordable Plank Flooring Options

 

Affordable Plank Flooring:
Perfect for New Homeowners & Budget Conscience Buyers

Hardwood flooring is a key selling factor in homes. Buyers really like hardwood floors especially when they are in great shape. They can really change the complexion of a home quite a bit. Hardwood floors add another level of a quality to a home. There is no question that hardwood floors are one of the top flooring choices for home buyers. So, if you are a home owner and on a budget, we have 3 wood flooring choices that you’ll find are beautiful and yet affordable. Make the upgrade, you won’t be disappointed.

Southern Yellow & Eastern White Pine Flooring
Knotty grades of Southern Yellow Pine and Eastern White Pine is especially popular plank flooring. Technically, it is considered a “soft” wood, but is a durable American favorite that develops its own unique character and becomes harder through wear. It features smooth grain and beautiful knots, with versatile finish capabilities, making it extremely popular for a range of décor styles. Left natural or stained, Southern Yellow Pine’s wood grain pattern and golden color provides visual interest and a high quality look.

Character Red Oak Flooring
Red oak can add warmth and character to any room and coordinates well with rich wood furnishings. It can easily be used in a rustic setting as well as inside a luxury-style home. Red oak is more affordable than other domestic hardwoods. Its rich, honey-gold tone mixed with bold reds and pale pinks adds a distinctive look to any décor. This flooring is strong and durable; it is resilient to wear, impact and splitting. When you choose character grade, you will see knots, color variations, mineral streaks and worm holes hence the term “character”. All this great character comes with an added bonus – a lower price tag.

Character Grade Hardwood Floors
It is also known as natural grade wood flooring. Available in solid and engineered wood flooring options, it is an affordable and attractive option that, not surprisingly is full of character. Wood is a completely natural product and as such has features such as larger tight knots and the most color variation. It’s a great choice when character marks and contrasting appearance are desired. It’s also more cost-friendly than higher grades of wood like clear, select and natural.
There you have it – three great options for an upgrade in any room in your house. You’ll add value and undeniable beauty to your living space. Call us today to get the conversation started. We will guide you through the wood selection process and work within your budget to find the perfect wood floor for you and your lifestyle.

4 Wood Flooring Treatments that are Gaining Popularity

4 Wood Flooring Treatments that are Gaining Popularity

While smooth floors were once the norm, people are seeking out more textured options for an older looks. Distressed flooring is one thing but, the types of treatments listed below are much more artisanal in nature and will be an additional cost. But, the result is beautiful, unique and you really never have to worry about scratches like you would with a shiny, smooth floor.

Hand-Scraped:

The style gets its name from the once-common technique of using a shaving knife to scrape a plank into smoothness. It was all done with hand held tools at least until powered sanders arrived the natural, human imperfections were tweaked into deliberate styles. Craftsmen became artisans, not just functionally evening out boards, but deliberately marking and sculpting the wood. Using hammer and chisel, the installer could give the floor distinction. This process leaves scrape marks that were once typical of wood flooring. The result is stunning

 

 

 

 

 

Fumed or Smoked:

Fumed or smoked oak is oak wood flooring which has been treated to change its color.  Fuming or smoking involves putting the oak into an enclosed environment in which ammonia is introduced into the atmosphere.  This enclosed environment might be a closed tank or a sealed tent or some form of container into which only a relatively small amount of ammonia is introduced.  The effect of the ammonia in the air is that the color of the wood is changed.  The result is a more antique look with grayish highlights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saw Marks:

Using a circular saw at varying speeds and with varying densities and the moisture content of logs and unevenly blade wearing all create t a unique saw-marked effect.  The surface left behind by the saw creates subtle differences in texture that have a noticeable effect on the overall feel of the room giving it a more natural and authentic look and feel.  Circle sawn flooring, along with other rough sawn flooring products, is easier to install than standard flat hardwood floors. Rough sawn flooring is not designed to be perfectly flat, so this makes laying and sanding the flooring much easier than smooth finish wood floors. Also, the patterns, textures, and wood grain on circle sawn flooring make scratches and dents much harder to see than on a smooth floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wire-Brushed:

When hardwood is wire brushed it will essentially undergo a process just as the name implies – a wire brush will be used to scrape the surface. This must be done during it is manufactured to create a unique texture. You can easily recognize this type flooring due to the toothed, rough consistency and accented (open) grain it displays.

Gapped, Scraped & Fumed Flooring

Gapped, Scraped & Fumed Flooring

Along with access to some of the finest mills in the USA, we bring years of expertise and a strong commitment to service.  We specialize in traditional flooring options but have access to the more current trends like scraping, saw marks, wire-brushed, fumed, white-washed wood flooring – your floor can come in so many textures, styles, species and colors. We are certain there is a perfect fit for your home! Set up and appointment to visit us to view all our beautiful samples.

 

Walnut Flooring with Saw Marks

Walnut Flooring with Saw Marks

BEAUTIFUL APPEARANCE: Circle sawn flooring combines the beauty of natural wood with a huge variety of color and sheen options.

TEXTURE: These subtle differences in texture have a noticeable effect on the overall feel of the rooms. The subtle differences give a more natural and authentic look and feel to the floor. Many people believe that this process compliments the wood grain more fully.

EASY INSTALLATION: Circle sawn flooring, along with other rough sawn flooring products, are easier to install than standard flat hardwood floors. Rough sawn flooring is not designed to be perfectly flat, so this makes laying and sanding the flooring much easier than smooth finish wood floors.

Reclaim a Piece of History: Chestnut

Reclaim a Piece of History: Chestnut

Reclaim a Piece of History: Chestnut
This species of wood no longer grows in the American forests. Any chestnut wood today comes from old structures, barns and industrial buildings built before the Chestnut blight in the early 20th century. Re-sawn beams and re-milled siding creates the Chestnut flooring of today. It is becoming scarce as these old buildings disappear and is usually the most expensive of the antique flooring materials.
It’s Characteristics:
Antique chestnut is characterized by its strength, and unique open grained wood with a high level of resistance to decay. This flooring, compared to other antique flooring, is apt to have more and larger nail holes, excessive worm holes and checking, and major color difference from one board to the next. It produces a rustic floor with the unique natural Chestnut color which includes rich hues and buttery smoothness, intermixed with dark weathered areas, especially along the edges of the planks.
It’s Price:
The price for chestnut may be more than other hardwoods but we think it’s worth its value. If it’s too rich for your blood but you love it, you may want to think about using it on an accent wall, or in a smaller room or even a peninsula or counter top rather than an entire room just to have a beautiful piece of history in your home!
It’s Value:
The majority of this wood has been preserved for hundreds of years, and is now being salvaged and repurposed as wood flooring. Because the supply is limited, the value is much higher. One day it may be priceless!

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