Hardwood in the Split-Level Home: A Project Blog

 

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In the Fargo area, there are a lot of great split-level homes available.  However, most of these homes do not have real hardwood flooring.   They commonly have a laminate or 3/8″ engineered product that only lasts a couple years before needing replacement. Read More »

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Borders, Vents, Feature Strips and More: Make your Hardwood Floor Stand Out

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We all know hardwood floors can be a beautiful addition to any home and often are the focal point when done right.  But few people know the variety of ways that you can make your hardwood floor stand out even more, such as Old Maple Floorflush frame vents, baseboard vents, borders, medallions, creative patterns, headerboards, feature strips, creative staining, mitered side-skirts for staircases, custom fabricated transitions strips, and more!  Some of these can be tistriplabor intensive and come with a higher investment (i.e. borders and creative patterns), but many others (i.e. headerboards, custom fabricated transition strips and mitered side-skirts for staircases) simply come with the cost of a standard install. That is, as long as you’ve hired the right company.

 

 

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What if My Hardwood Floor has Pet Stains?

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Before OakIt can be quite disappointing when you move into a new home and eagerly tear up the carpet to see the beautiful hardwood underneath, only to find that past owners have allowed their pets to urinate all over the floor.  Does this mean the floor is done?  Can it be repaired?  What will this cost?  Hopefully this blog will answer some of those questions.

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An Old Maple Floor in Need of Some Love

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We work on many older maple floors dating anywhere from 1880s to 1940s, most requiring a few repairs here

and there.  Often it’s just a one or two board repair for radiator holes, or possibly a 1′ x 2′ area where a pet has stained the floor.  Yet, once in a while, we run into a beautiful old maple floor that requires a more extensive repair job.  These projects are some of the most fun for us Read More »

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Can Douglas Fir be Sanded?

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Homeowners frequently ask if their old, beat-up Douglas fir floor can be sanded.  They often think that, just because it looks terrible now, that it can’t be salvaged.  In reality, these old fir floors are often a gem waiting to be polished.  Ok, it takes a little more work than just a little polishing; however, many fir floors do still have a lot of life left in them. Read More »

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What Cleaner Do I Use on My Hardwood Floor?

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So after reading the post on giving your wood floors a quick clean, you’re wondering, “just hot water, really…  what about all those special hardwood floor cleaners?  And what about the tried-and-true vinegar and water solution?”  Well, we are big advocates of just cleaning with hot water and a quality micro-fiber mop (which you will receive if we sand your wood floor), however, if you do choose to use a cleaner, there are some things YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT HARDWOOD FLOOR CLEANERS! Read More »

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Three Easy Steps to Quickly Clean Your Wood Floors: Cleaning Series Part 1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs nice and beautiful as wood floors can be, there is no such thing as the “self cleaning” wood floor. Fortunately, if done properly, cleaning your wood floor can be quick, easy and lead to a longer lasting floor. Here are some quick tips on getting the job completed fast and efficiently.

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Old Linoleum to New Hardwood!

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This floor is about to be remodeled with a new red oak hardwood floor

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This old floor will soon be red oak hardwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, it was most definitely time for the old 1960’s linoleum to take a trip to the landfill! Read More »

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Why Do My Wood Floors Gap in the Winter?

During January and February every year, it’s very common for concerned home owners to call their local wood flooring specialist with this very question, this year more so this than before. So what do the gaps in your floor have to do with this time of year, and what can you do about it?

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First of all we should clarify that if you have a older wood floor, say 50-100 years old, your floor may have permanent gaps throughout, and those gaps are likely filled with years of dirt and debris. This information does, however, still apply to your older floors, since, although they have permanent gaps, these gaps are likely to get larger during the winter months.

The answer is simple, wood contracts when it loses moisture. In other words, when the humidity in your house drops, the air starts sucking moisture from the wood until they reach an equilibrium (Equilibrium Moisture Content). The acclimates to the environment it is in. When the wood drys out, it shrinks. When it shrinks, you get gaps in your floors. Read More »

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How Much do Wood Floors Cost? Part 4 of 4: Why Our “No Risk Guarantee” is One-of-a-Kind?

Well, you’ve done your research and found a company that you think will do a great job at remodelingHardwood Installation Fargo- Red Oak your home.  This company met with you at length in your home, listened to your concerns, and provided answers with your best interest in mind. They then followed up with a comprehensive, itemized estimate that made you feel like you were in control of the project and the budget.  You’re ready to schedule the job, except for that one nagging concern at the back of your mind.  What if things go wrong?  Or, what if the company does a great job, but it just isn’t what you wanted?  This is too big of an investment to not get exactly what you wanted, isn’t it?

Most homeowners attempt to alleviate this concern by asking the contractor, “What’s your warranty?” and the contractor will provide the typical answer with a 1 year warranty or “satisfaction guarantee.”  Let me ask you, “Do even know what that means?”  A 1 year warranty for what?  The project falling apart, or one year until you aren’t happy with it?  Well, let me tell you what this means; it’s the contractors method of pushing the risk over to the homeowner.  Because, in reality, every time the contractor takes on a project, he’s taking a risk that you won’t be happy with the work he’s done.  And then he has to worry about not getting paid, or spending the money to fix the problem.  If things go wrong, the contractor doesn’t want to have to cover the costs.  So providing a vague one-line statement with no details allows them to provide false assurance without assuming risk.  But someone has to assume the risk, and it should never be the homeowner!!! Read More »

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  • What our customers have to say…

    "We so appreciate Jim’s professionalism, honesty, respect, eye to detail, and woodworking skill. He is a perfectionist not only with the install but also with the cleanup at the end of each day. Our beautiful new floors have dramatically changed the look of our home and everyone who comes to visit will comment on the change. We are extremely happy with our new floors." Ron and Carol Halverson, West Fargo, ND Read More »»
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