The thing often overlooked in the Hardwood flooring industry is the craftsmanship. The knowledge and artistry needed to install, refinish and repair these beautiful floors. Technology improvements in Hardwood floors is ongoing as with any industry. It appears in the manufacturing of the wood, sanding and installation methods, as well as texturing of the wood. Improvements have been made in adhesives, vapor barriers, along with beautiful, durable finishes. While there will be more automation in Hardwood floors, there will always be specialty hands-on products. There will always be a need for employees coaching other employees in the artistry of laying, sanding and finishing
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There are many do-it-yourself aides out there that lead you to believe it is a simple task to install or refinish Hardwood floors. While many people can do it, they will be the first to tell you they had lots of failures and unforeseen problems before their project was completed. Just because you can rent a sander doesn’t mean you should. It’s difficult to control the sander, and while the bare floor may look fine after you’ve sanded it, the dips and grooves you create will come shining through once the finish is done. Oil-based stains and finishes require a steady hand with a paintbrush or rags and tons of patience. Uneven, hurried brushstrokes can leave the floors in several different shades of brown. There is also the possibility of spontaneous combustion if you don’t handle your oily rags correctly.
Hardwood flooring is all our company does. That is our total focus and expertise. Proper hardwood floor installation is necessary to ensure that your new flooring looks and acts like it was made to be. Refinishing your existing floors may require a number of skills to sand, stain and even replace some boards. Our professional employees are artisans with over 150 years of collective experience. They learned their craft by shadowing previous craftsmen until they were able to lead their own crew. The oldest employee is 68 and youngest is 28.
While many may overlook manual laborer, those craftsmen are the ones that make our homes beautiful. I have had more than one remodel done on my home and can remember thinking "Will these people ever get done and out of here?". Once the job was completed, I appreciated their attention to detail and the beauty of their work. I asked our workers what drew them to Hardwood Floor work? Originally most came through family or friends and the need for a job. However, they stayed for the craft. They like knowing that they can take a used and abused hardwood floor and make it new again. The fact that each floor is different and needs their knowledge and experience to complete the project. Also mentioned was It feels good to work with their hands and not be stuck at a desk all day. Another factor is they enjoy the interaction with people in their home environment.
If you are looking for a new Hardwood Floor or need to repair your existing floor, please give us a call or come to the showroom. We have many options to pick from to create the Hardwood Floor of your dreams.
A man who works with his hands is a laborer;
a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman;
but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
- Louis Nizer