Hello and thanks for Stopping by Precision flooring. Installing hardwood and glue down cork as well as refinishing hardwood for 13 years.
As I do refinish hardwood, the oldest floor I have sanded is a 130 year old floor that is located for all to see in the Virden museum In Manitoba. Due to the nature of knowing how long that floor lasted( which was a 3 1/4" wide 3/4" fur) I am under the understanding that all the floors I install are not just a temporary floor, but it will be in the house most likely for the longevity of the home. My pride stands on being able to take pictures of every job I do, and knowing that my customers will have an awesome floor for the time they reside within it. And that each and every floor is always done with the utmost attention to specific detail, and proper installation. Any time you see a hardwood picture that an area is on angle with a border, or a doorway on 45*, all the mitre cuts I router as so the border or header board is going to make it all back to tongue and groove. You will never have butt end cuts that can lift over time.
Stairs are a part I love, for it requires Precision cutting. Glue down cork or hardwood can be applied to stairs and I have done many set's both way's. Some that had stringers which needed to be done as well. Which I make all my own caps for the stringers and nosing for my cork treads. Custom staining can as well be done as well. Stairs with one or both sides exposed are not difficult. The one set had 2 - 1/4 pie shaped landings. This specific customer did not want a baseboard around the walls if possible. And so all boards were cut and placed perfectly to the wall. :) This of course took a little longer and cost a bit extra, but the customer was happy :) 1st and foremost, the customer is happy. Which in that particular picture the Nosing were all custom stained, and fastened with screws and plugs.
Glue down cork is an amazing product. The durability it has against water and heavy foot traffic. Both residential and commercial applications stand up well to the test of time. My cork is bought directly from Portugal, compressed to a rate that it has 100% memory. My finish is a product of Holland, the worlds only water based urethane 100% specifically meant for cork. Should something heavy impress the cork, my finish has a flexibility that once moving the heavy object, the cork will return to original thickness, and the finish can bend with that. Meaning it will not show any signs of damage after the fact. On my own entrance floor, In winter I would simply leave my boots on the floor, was not in the slightest bit worried about the water pooling on the floor. By morning time the water had evaporated, there was zero sign of where the water had even been. Over the course of 8 years living on this, never had any problems. The reason that this is such an important application after installed, I coat the floor with 4 coats of finish. As cork is naturally water resistant, if there is no finish put on after installed, you still have all the lines of where the floor goes together. Thus making the subfloor, or in the case of a laminate Cork the material binding together, susceptible to water damage. At this point your floor may be wrecked. After my floor has been coated, you can pour a gallon of water into the middle of the floor, leave it for an hour if you wish and you will clean it up without damaging your floor. AS I wouldn't really recommend this with any other type of flooring especially laminate. And I have actually seen a floor that was glued down in a basement that flooded. It had about a foot of water on it, we vacuumed it all up, put the fan on it and NO TILES HAD ANY DAMAGE. !!!!!!!!! Not that I recommend doing this just for fun to see, But I have seen it.
The beauty of cork is that it's a little easier to cut and work with as compared to hardwood. Any stained floors get prestained in my workshop. You can create your own floor essentially using different colors, thus making your floor, well kind of YOUR FLOOR. Unique to it's own. AS I have had many customers as you can see by my pic's, many have had their own way of creativity ( along with some suggestions from myself) in making their floor unique. I even did an inlay of cork with hardwood surrounding the rooms border. AS I do have a set of typical stains I work with, essentially any color can almost be achieved.
Refinishing floors both prefinished or sitefinished is available. AS I have some of the best machines with dust containment bags on them, I have had a couple customers with asthma sitting in the next room while I worked and they never had any issues. Both staining and natural can be done. AS I do try and suggest natural colors to my customers normally, it is a bit more expensive to stain a floor. A natural color floor I find allows the room to seem a little more wide open for the light color, it will not show marks on it as easy as what a stained floor may. I find by having perhaps darker cabinets, furniture, a feature wall maybe being darker a great way to still have great color contrast within the room. You will find through some of my pictures that I am typically a fan of having some contrast. All my floors are filled before final sand as to eliminate any slight cracks or voids thus even bringing some old floors really back to life making them appear tight, when they may not be. I have used the same hardwood finish now for the past 10 years. It's basically the best I can buy without sparing expense. Let's just say it costs well over $100/ gallon. After 10 years of using it, all my customers have been happy with it, have never had calls of complaints as to " why is my floor doing this or that" :) Again as it's my pride that goes into my job, I won't deviate from what's been great to me for 10 years now. If I was to refinish a gymnasium floor, this would be one of the specified finishes to be applied. Quality is #1 Not quantity :) !!!!!!
I hope you've found what you wanted on my page :) It is my pride on here :) In every one of these pictures there's a piece of my heart. That is why I truly love what I do. Because at the end of your day, If you can't be happy about what you've done..........what have you then achieved? My goal is for happy customers, as I know word of mouth is the best way for new business. I've based my goals the last 10 years in this manner as to ensure the customer is happy. And that will remain my outlook on it :)
Again thanks for stopping by and I hope you do have a great day :) Before you make a decision, CALL PRECISION :)
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