How Much do Wood Floors Cost? Part 3 of 4: Why You Want a Comprehensive, Itemized Estimate

I know you’ve received estimates from service companies where all that’s on the estimate are a few vague line items and a grand total.  Please remember this, you’re the customer.  The estimate should be for your benefit, not the companies who provide it.  How is a grand total beneficial to you?  What products and services are incorporated into that price?  What if the products and services that are incorporated into the price are not the ones you want?  Guess what, you’re not going to know until it’s too late.  And how can you compare several estimates side-by-side when you don’t know if you’re comparing apples to apples or apples to oranges, unless, of course, you are not comparing and only basing your decision on price (not specific products and services)?  But, that’s a poor way to treat such an important home investment.  So what should you expect in a estimate? Read More »

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How Much do Wood Floors Cost? Part 2 of 4: Why We Love Providing In-Home Consultations!

If you read part 1 of the 4-part series “How Much do Wood Floors Cost?” you now understand that in order to provide you with high-end, customized, personal service, we need to meet you and get to know you better.  We need to understand what wood floors mean to you, why you want them in your home, how you want them to work with your decor, and what your expectations are for them.  The best way we have found to obtain this information is to come to your home, or future home, spend some time getting to know you, ask you some questions, and, most importantly, listen to you.

That’s right, the most important thing we do at an in-home consultation is listen!  It makes sense doesn’t it?  What’s funny is that if you ask most hardwood flooring companies what the most important part of an “estimate” is, they would say, “measuring the floor.”  Sure, measuring is important, but it takes little time and a monkey could do it.  How could it possibly be the most important?  If measuring the floor was the most important part of an “estimate”, then all hardwood flooring services would be merely a commodity to be bought and sold at a standard price.  This would also allow hardwood flooring companies the ability to provide over-the-phone estimates because the only unique aspect of our service would be the square foot price.  Does this sound like it would lead to a one-of-a-kind, customized service with a choice of several top-of-the-line products?  No?  We don’t think so either. Read More »

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How Much do Wood Floors Cost? Part 1 of 4: “So, how much do you charge… ?”

We love customer service, and here, at Natural Accent Hardwood Floors, we make every effort to provide our customers with a great experience during their floor remodels.  Unfortunately, there are some things we just can’t do, and one of these things is providing over-the-phone estimates or ball-park figures.  Don’t get me wrong, I understand the desire to get some quick figures when you have a pending remodel and want to start filling in the big question marks for your budget.  It’s not that we have a secret agenda (other than we want to meet you personally!) or that we just don’t want to provide you answers.  No, the reason is much less cynical, and I think you’ll appreciate our service even more once you understand it better.  Then, why you ask, will we not provide that quick “ball park” estimate?  Simple, we want to cater our services and products to your needs!

The services and products that are the best fit for your hardwood flooring are unique to you, your family, and your home.  Do you have dogs, children, or frequently have social gatherings in your house?  Do like the look of natural floors or are you interested in staining the floor to match your decor?  Is the layout of your home going to require special attention due to its complexity?  Do you need to have the job completed in phases due to furniture and living restrictions?  Or maybe you’re interested in a unique floor finish that leaves your floor with the natural look and feel of the wood?  These are just a few of the important questions that we ask during our in-home consultation that help us cater our services to you wants and needs.  After all, this is an important investment, and we take it seriously. Shouldn’t you? Read More »

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Are There Wood Floors in Your House: Fargo’s Guide to Finding Wood Floors in Your Home!

Have you ever wished you had hardwood floors throughout your home, but know that a new hardwood floor installation is out of your budget?  Well, don’t give up hope yet. If you live in a home that is built prior to 1970’s there is almost certainly hardwood underneath that dingy carpet. Although there is no hard and fast rule for knowing what kind of wood is in your home judging only by its age, there are some strong tendencies that coincide with the age of homes.

Pre 1950’s- There were few other options other than hardwood flooring in these homes.  So if you live in a pre-1950s home, unless someone has torn the floors out at some point, you have hardwood in your home!  Although it is not uncommon for the kitchens and baths to have had the hardwood removed due to water damage, we rarely see hardwood removed in the other areas of the house.

  • Living, Dining, Bedroom: Tend to have maple floors, occasionally red oak and white oak. (These older homes occasionally had Birds-Eye maple; however, Birds-Eye floors were often 3/8″ thick instead of 3/4.”  If the floor is in good enough shape, you can get a sanding out 3/8″ thick flooring, but only one.)
  • Kitchen, Upper Level:  Tend to be Douglas fir which is softer than maple, but looks beautiful when coated natural.  Douglas Fir is always 3 1/4″ wide.  Sometimes they continued the maple or oak throughout the kitchen and upper level on the more expensive homes.
  • Staircase:  Douglas fir tends to be found in the smaller homes and oak in the larger, more expensive homes.  Occasionally they used yellow birch for the staircase which looks almost identical to maple, but a bit softer.

1950’s & 60s- Although other products such as linoleum were starting to get popular, houses in this era still predominantly used hardwood for flooring.  1 1/2″ red and white oak strip flooring was by far the dominant trend.  The floors are either strictly red or white oak, or a mix of both species.

  • Living, Dining, Bedroom:  1 1/2″ red or white oak.  Occasionally we find 2 1/2″ red oak, but very seldom do we find maple.
  • Kitchen:  By this point, kitchens moved to linoleum due to its ability to handle water and traffic.  It’s uncommon for the kitchens to have hardwood.
  • Upper Level:  Although most of the 1950s and 60s houses were ramblers, we find some two story construction as well.  Usually the  same hardwood on the main level was in the upper level.
  • Staircase:  Almost always red oak.

1970’s & 80s-  These are the dark ages of hardwood flooring.  Unfortunately, hardwood was not a trend, and you will most likely not find hardwood under your carpet in these homes.

It should be noted that cork flooring is found in houses of all ages and can be refinished just like wood.  It’s not common, but we find it on occasion, mostly in dining areas.

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DIY Wood Floor Sanding: Common Pitfalls of Sanding Wood Floors Yourself

It’s not uncommon to get a call for a floor sanding estimate in which the conversation starts with, “I have wood floors in my house, and I am considering doing it myself.”   The truth is, wood floor sanding is a popular do it yourself project and often an intriguing challenge enticing many homeowners looking to get their hands dirty.  It’s also no secret that sanding wood floors is a labor intensive undertaking, so it goes without saying that there is some serious sweat equity in taking on the floor sanding project yourself.  However, for every successfully sanded wood floor, there is horror story of things gone awry.  Material and rental prices getting out of hand, rental equipment being inadequate for the job, the project taking way too long and subsequently having your floor out of commission for weeks, not having enough experience for laying the floor finish, or, worst of all, ruining your hardwood floor with “drum marks” and “edger divots.” Read More »

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Natural Accent Hardwood Floors is Blogging

In 15 days Natural Accent Hardwood Floors will be celebrating 3 years in business!  I would like to thank all our past customers for trusting in our service and allowing us to provide them with beautiful hardwood floors.  You all have helped provide this company with a very successful start to a long-lived, successful business.

In this upcoming year, I hope to hire at least 1 job site assistant, and, if things go really well, I would like to start looking at commercial spaces for a full hardwood flooring and woodworking shop / showroom.

This is the first blog post of many to come.  I will be keeping up to date on jobs our company is completing, company news, new products on the market, and general hardwood flooring tips and benefits.  In the future, I hope this blog will provide an archive of great information on Natural Accent Hardwood Floors as well as general hardwood flooring information.

1400 sqft Red Oak

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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

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