Monday, October 22, 2012


Today I am going to talk about hard maple hardwood flooring.

The habitat for this maple is Southern Canada and north-central to northeastern U.S.
Characteristics:  heartwood is creamy white to reddish brown. Some boards may have occasional streaks of dark brown or even black. Sapwood is pale to creamy white. Occasionally maple shows fiddleback, curly or birds-eye figures. So it can make for quite an eye catching floor. Generally the lighter the color the higher the grade.

As far as durability this is an extremely hard wood and resistant to abrasion. This hardwood makes an excellent floor for sports. There is medium movement with average changes in moisture.

This hardwood is commonly available in most types and sizes including parquet. Fancy parquet, plank and some veneers can be special ordered.
This hardwood is moderately priced.

Maple floors were very popular for many years in the past and still hold their own in the market place.
I once installed a floor of hard maple along with hickory and oak. The combination made for a floor with lots of interest and a nice array of color.

The next post will address soft wood maple flooring.
If you have questions regarding a species of hardwood or soft wood flooring do not hesitate to call me. I hope this post has been helpful.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Today I am going to talk about red oak hardwood flooring. Red oak is a very common hardwood used in homes.
It is beautiful, long lasting and readily available.
Red oak is harvested in south central and eastern Canada and most of the U.S.

Characteristics. Most pieces have a somewhat reddish tone. There is a considerable variation among boards  in grain and texture. Plainsawn boards have a flared grain appearance. Quartersawn boards produces a cross grain fleck sometimes called tiger ray or butterflies.

Durability. Red oak is quite durable but less durable than white oak. Somewhat moisture unstable but more moisture stable than white oak.

Availability and cost. Commonly available in nearly all types, styles and sizes. Moderately priced.

The appearance will vary depending on what type of finish you use. I find it a very interesting floor that goes with many types of decor.

If you have other questions regarding red oak or another species of wood do not hesitate to give me a call.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


When you install a new hardwood floor you will have made an investment for a lifetime, really many lifetimes.
It is quite amazing to think that the floor that is installed today will be there for future generations to enjoy and appreciate. 
There are many species of hardwood and also many styles of hardwood available. There are also a variety of finishes.
Throughout the years your floors may become damaged and stained but with a sand and refinish they will look new again. 
If you have any questions regarding which type of hardwood floor may best fit your needs do not hesitate to call me. I will be happy to assist you in anyway possible.
Please check out our next post where I will discuss some of the different species of hardwood. This will be an informative post which should help guide you to make the right choice for your home.

Monday, July 2, 2012


The post today is about sandless refinishing also known as screen and coat.
This process has been around for a long time but it is
not to be confused with sanding and refinishing which is a much more extensive process.
If your floors are in relatively good shape with minimal scracthes and no stains sandless refinishing may be a good way to go.
It will brighten your floors and bring them back to their original luster.
However it will entail having a professional look at them to determine if you need more than this. 
If you have questions regarding a screen and coat do not hesitate to call.

Monday, May 28, 2012

hardwood floor refinishing and installation

I am here to help you with your flooring needs.  Please give me call with any questions you may have regarding your floors.
I am a hands on owner and do the work myself keeping the overhead down and passing the savings on to you.
I also offer senior and midwinter discounts.
I have been a licensed contractor with the state of Oregon for over 20 years and have been in the hardwood business for 15 years.
References available upon request.
Imre Kasza