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Finding a Wood Floor Professional

River Recovered Antique Pine FlooringPart 1, Choosing an installer for heart pine wood floors.

Historic reclaimed floors represent a substantial investment that will look good for a long time if installed and maintained properly. A good installation is greatly aided by the choice of a good installer. Installers range from those with little concern for quality, to the reliable and experienced, and finally an elite few have a reputation that commands a premium.

Here are a few hints toward finding an installer for your reclaimed wood floor; however, there are no hard and fast rules.
• Talk to people you know who have had good experience with their wood floors.
• Find out if questions asked after the installation received the same attention once the bill had been paid. Was service work done promptly?
• References from repeat customers are especially helpful. Most accomplished craftspeople are proud of their work and feel good about providing references.
• Websites usually show pictures of past work, and general company information.
• Schedule ahead of time. Many of the best firms are booked in advance.

Moisture issues are the cause of the majority of wood flooring complaints. Discuss the steps that will be taken to achieve the proper moisture content in the wood flooring with the installer. Highly resinous antique heart pine wood should be checked with a pin type moisture meter. Experience with local conditions helps determine the proper moisture level. Vapor retarders or barriers are a necessary part of most reclaimed wood flooring installations. Which product or system do they plan to use?

It is best to agree on your expectations of the final product prior to your purchase. This can include reviewing antique lumber grades for pine floors, species characteristics, installation standards (NWFA), and the time required to complete the work. A few detailed topics such as the proper nail schedule and checking the flatness of the sub floor are appropriate for discussion at this time.

Knowledgeable professionals are happy to spend the time to communicate with you in advance to assure your satisfaction. Written agreements can also help avoid misunderstandings. And don’t forget, workers should be insured to protect you from the potential liability of a medical claim.

Most good installers check the room lay out prior to starting the installation and periodically check that the floor is running true during the installation. Wood floor installation is a profession that offers easy entry for new workers in most localities. Experienced workers have had the chance to gain the knowledge needed for a proper installation.

You will not have all of the technical expertise to make the decisions needed for a good installation. Care in choosing the correct installer can help achieve the goal of long-term satisfaction. Contact Goodwin Heart Pine if we can answer questions about antique wood flooring.

Part 2, Wood Floor Finishers will follow

Reclaimed Wood Floor of the Year 2011

River Recovered Antique Heart Pine and Cypress


Goodwin Heart Pine floors win National Wood Floor Association Reclaimed Wood Floor of the Year again!

The millenium giant River Recovered Heart Cypress 53″ diameter log rounds were inset into a field of River Recovered Antique Pine floors and surrounded by Curly Heart Pine trim by Matt Marwick, Precision Floor Crafters, nearby Goodwin Heart Pine.

Matt’s passion for the sinker pine and cypress and his craftsmanship are a perfect match for Goodwin. These antique wooden floors are a tribute to the loggers that cut this tree down over 100 years ago.

Loggers from 1904 Show the Girth of a Giant Cypress

Love Reclaimed Wood Floors and Friends

Last night I was visiting my girlfriend, Deborah, to measure for some more reclaimed wood floor that she wants for an addition.

She looked down at her Goodwin engineered heart pine floors in her office and said, “I just love looking at this wood. I never get tired of it seeing it. It’s so beautiful.”

Thanks, Deborah. That’s why we put our heart in everything we do. We love reclaimed wood floors and happy clients… they can become friends!

Why I love antique wood floors…

I had fun yesterday driving through historic neighborhoods in Orlando with Sheila Ratliff, Classical Renovations. You could Jonni Vermeulen's River Recovered Antique Heart Pine flooring with a dark walnut stain.literally see her 30-year career from house to house. For years Sheila has driven her truck to Goodwin and taken back all the antique heart pine flooring and other wood she could carry to restore historic old homes from the 1800s and on and I finally go to see them! Sheila agreed to write about ‘green renovations’ so more about her soon.

Then I called up a client who bought antique heart pine flooring two years ago. Jonni Vermeulen sounded surprised to hear from me but said, “I love, love, love my floors.” You can see in the photo how she stained her River Recovered Antique Heart Pine dark to reduce the red tones but still have the dense hard antique wood floors’ beauty and grain.

For years I’ve talked mostly on the phone with our reclaimed wood floor owners. Now I’m on a mission to see more client’s homes and reclaimed wood floors. Love to hear from you.

Yours,
Carol Goodwin

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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.