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Goodwin Luxury Floors Win Awards Again!

More prestigious awards with Goodwin wood. The top image is the 2010 Floor of the Year, created with Goodwin luxury antique wood.

Check out some of our award-winning floors.

Floor of the Year 2010
ASID Designers Choice 2002
Floor of the Year 1998
Floor of the Year 1998

Antique wood possesses a lustre and patina that just can’t be compared to freshly milled wood. Goodwin wood is certified to be at least 200 years old, with grading standards that are top in the industry. Longleaf pine standards were last (Antique HeartPine) in 1924 and the minimum standard requirement was at least 6 growth rings per inch. Goodwin heartpine has 8 growth rings per inch with 100% heart content guaranteed. The heartwood is what makes antique heart pine so hard and durable.

Luxury Antique Flooring

This world-class hunter and fisherman’s hunting lodge sports a 14′ medallion with fish inlaid with Precision Engineered Antique Heart Pine. Now that’s a pine floor with personality!

Antiue Wood Floor Inlay

Goodwin reclaimed wood is frequently used in award winning floors. This 2008 winner was created by Goodwin’s COO, Andrew St. James and his former partner. Luxury interior design is easy to achieve using the natural luster and elegance of antique wood. Thanks to Goodwin Company

Free CEU Classes Update

Be sure to subscribe to our Antique Wood News RSS feed to keep up with the Goodwin Heart Pine Free CEU Course offerings for Building professionals. Feed back on the classes has been phenomenal, below an excerpt from the Heart Pine Blog

A Belated Note on November’s Workshop 

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Jan 16, 2012

A note from Jo-Anne Peck, Suzanne Prieur and Steve Quillian
A belated thank you for your participation in November’s Historic Homes Workshop. Due to your enthusiasm and hard work, we had a nice turnout and a successful event. We are very impressed with you folks in St. Pete! Your neighborhood activism and your historic preservation advocacy are models for historic cities across the U.S.

Please visit http://oldhouseworkshop.com/ to view photos of this event and our earlier workshop in Tampa.

We are proud to have had the opportunity to have worked with you and look forward to together, helping preserve Tampa Bay’s historic fabric.

Please let us know of any suggestions that you might have to improve future workshops.

Antique Wood Contributes to the Local Zoo

Goodwin Antique Pine Wood Shavings at Santa Fe College Zoo

Santa Fe College Zoo Likes Antique Wood Shavings

    Antique wood shavings donated by Goodwin Heart Pine to the Santa Fe College Zoo cover the walkways. Zoo Director, Jonathan Miot, says, “This antique wood holds up and looks good on our trails around the Zoo.”

     River-Recovered® Heart Pine and Cypress antique wood is the best way to enjoy the beauty and luxury of the finest wood floor without compromising your commitment to sustainable living. 

     But that’s not the only way Goodwin is green. All of our antique wood products are produced sustainably and our business practices are healthy for the environment. Thanks to all of you for living sustainably and considering Goodwin.  Only Goodwin. Always Green.

Submerged Logs Into Antique Pine Floors

Most of the River Recovered® pine used to produce heart pine flooring has been underwater for a century or more. Questions about this antique wood cover the entire spectrum from concerns that the wood will shrink extra after it is installed to the thought that long exposure to water might keep the wood from moving at all. Actually the answer lies in the middle of this range.

To start with, living trees have a high water content. Wood in its natural condition performs well when it is surrounded with water. The basic structure of the heart wood with high resin content changes very little during the long stay at the river bottom. The resin helps protect the heartwood underwater just as it protects the wood in a living tree.

The desirable properties of this antique wood come from the slow growing conditions. Original growth forests produced long leaf pine of a high density with high resin content. These characteristics are not changed while the wood is submerged.

Carefully kiln dried and matched in moisture content at the job site, this antique wood will give excellent performance as antique pine floors.

Restoring Antique Wood Floors

Cushion edge end grain

Reclaimed Heart Pine

We recently had an inquiry asking if more finish can be added to an old site finished floor to improve its appearance. This is what we used to call a buff and coat.  Recoating will not remove deep scratches or discoloration in the antique wood, but is a good choice in many cases where the finish is sound and not overly worn. The surface of the existing finish is abraded lightly to get it ready for additional finish.  If there are contaminates on the wood floor such as wax, dusting products, polish, etc. the new coat may not adhere in some spots and total resanding may be a better choice. The major water based finish manufacturers make pretreatment products which aid adhesion. The water based finishes are easy to use if you know what you are doing and are used by many professionals.  If you are doing the work yourself many first time attempts do not come out as well with these products. You might consider using a more traditional urethane floor finish with a slower drying time. Once you get everything cleaned up and ready two coats often looks better than one on an old floor. A finish with a low gloss level tends to help surface imperfections blend in. If you are not going to use water borne finish the old way to abrade it was to rub the surface with fine steel wool.  Go with the grain of the wood floor. It is a good idea to test the compatibility of the finish you are using with the existing finish in a small out of the way area before doing the whole floor.  Also the National Wood Flooring Association http://www.woodfloors.org/ has information on finishes and maintenance. Especially with antique wood, you can find small ways to improve any damage or discoloration that has happened over time, because much antique wood already carries natural imperfections!

Antique Wood Flooring Myths

Download "Kiln Drying 101" by by Andrew St. James ARS PhD, COO Goodwin Heart Pine and Director of the company dry kiln.1) Some people think that antique wood does not shrink and swell anymore so it does not need to be brought to the proper moisture content on the jobsite.  On the contrary wood science and field experience both indicate antique wood shrinks or swells when the moisture content changes.  You need to install the wood at a moisture content that is close to the value that will be maintained while the building is in use.

2) We often hear the remark that old wood does not need to be kiln dried.  There are two issues here.  First, most air dried wood has a moisture content too high for interior use.  The second is the possible presence of living organisms such as powder post beetles, termites, or mold.  Kiln drying to 140 F for several hours eliminates live insect pests in the wood.  Proper kiln drying also eliminates living mold and brings the moisture content down to a level that wood will not support mold growth.  Click on the link to read more information about kiln drying in our article in WoodSource KilnDrying101 or click the thumbnail above.

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Maintaining Your Antique Wood Floor

A wood floor is one of the best investments you have ever made. With proper care, it will stay beautiful and last a lifetime. How do you keep your floors as beautiful as the day they were installed or refinished? Follow these easy steps and you will have beautiful floors that always look their best. Here are some basic rules that apply to all types of finishes. With these simple steps your heart pine floor will give you lasting beauty and enjoyment.

Keep out the dirt

Dirt and grit are any floor’s enemy, whether carpet, tile, or hardwoods.

  • Use dirt-trapping mats outside all exterior doors.
  • Throw rugs or small carpets just inside entrances are also helpful.
  • Sweep, vacuum with a brush attachment, or mop regularly as needed.
  • Do not use a household dust treatment. Your floor may become slick or it may dull the finish.

Prevent damage

Avoid scratches or dents in the floor.

  • Use felt or fabric-faced glides on the legs of your furniture.
  • If you need casters, non-marking rubber is the best type.
  • Keep high heels in good repair and replace protective shoe heel caps, exposed steel support rods in high heels will dent even concrete.
  • Move area rugs occasionally and shade large west-facing windows.

When you clean

  • Cleaning is different depending on the finish you choose.
  • Do not use wax over a surface finish (water-borne or moisture-cure).
  • You can damp mop a surface finished floor with a minimum of water or cleaner.
  • Finish manufacturers often have a cleaner that is made for their finish.
  • Wipe up spills quickly. Standing liquid can harm the wood and finish.
  • Don’t wax too much. It can decrease luster. Buff your floor before you rewax and see if that returns the luster.
Antique Wood University

Antique Wood University

Recycled wood is not only a stunning addition to any home, it also makes sense for the planet, by reusing and re purposing the wood we’ve already cut down! With these thoughts in mind, Goodwin Heart Pine, a longtime advocate of green building and reclaimed wood standards is excited to offer these free training materials and to support an ongoing conversation around the topics of reclaimed wood and its use in remodeling, renovation and new construction.

Reclaimed Wood Floor Association

Reclaimed wood manufacturers have seen a ten-fold increase in orders and many more individuals and manufacturers are getting into the reclaimed wood business. The problem is that there are no standards to protect consumers. Standards for heart pine, for instance, were last published in 1924.

Led by Goodwin Heart Pine Company, a team of quality focused manufacturers have founded the Reclaimed Wood Floor Association. The association’s work to date has centered on establishing standards for antique heart pine, with other woods standards planned.

Why wood is better for the environment than other building materials?

Wood product manufacturing is cleaner. Steel products give off 24 times more harmful chemicals. Concrete leaches a great deal of carbon dioxide.
Wood requires less energy to manufacturer. Brick takes four times more energy, concrete six times and steel 40 times.
Wood actually conserves energy. It takes 15 inches of concrete to equal the insulation value of just one inch of wood.
Antique reclaimed wood IS recycling. This wood can come from industrial revolution era warehouses and docks, old homes, cider casks or even river bottoms (where logs are perfectly preserved). Rather than destroying the wood that built America, reclaimed wood manufacturers put this wood back to work to enjoy for many more generations to come.

Why wood is the healthy choice

Wood is the perfect choice for anyone with allergies. Carpet fibers trap allergens such as dust and fumes, while mold can grow in tile grout.
Wood requires fewer chemicals to clean than other floor coverings.
Many doctors recommend wood floors for your spine and joints because it gives a little and is easier on your legs and feet.

Why reclaimed wood appears to be more expensive

Antique wood does not come from standing trees. All of the few remaining original-growth trees—trees old enough to produce mostly heartwood—are protected, as they should be. As an example, most commercially available heart pine will probably be gone in about 10 years. There are only so many old warehouses and only so many logs at the bottom of the river. When those are gone- that’s it. Because there are only two sources for original-growth heart pine, there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into the salvaging and recovering of this precious resource. Thus, the process to locate and mill this limited treasure requires more labor and time.

What are grain patterns for antique wood

Three distinct grain patterns are typical for sawn antique wood:

  • Select grain is the most popular grain pattern seen in wood floors. Select grain is achieved by sawing flat through the log and results in a blend of both arching or flame grain pattern and vertical grain in planks up to 10 inches wide.
  • Vertical grain is a pinstriped pattern achieved along the full length of the board by using what is called the quartersawing process. To obtain this formal grain pattern, a more intricate sawing method is used which does incur some waste. Note: When comparison shopping, you may want to review the percentage of vertical grain included in the plainsawn product.
    Vertical grain is a bit more costly than plainsawn wood.
  • Curly grain is an extremely rare, natural burled grain. This unique and luminous grain pattern is found in about one out of every 300-400 logs. It is perfect for a stunning conversation piece, inlays on flooring and cabinetry, or other areas of interest in your project.