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White Oak Floor and Stairs

by domino - June 18th, 2015

We recently installed a 4″ white oak flooring  throughout the entire first floor of a private residence here in Portland. We also did the stairs in white oak.  We removed carpet and put down the wood flooring. The photo was taken right after the stairs were installed and finished and the stair railing was not installed yet.

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The kitchen had tile, which we removed and replaced with the 4″ oak.

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The floors were sanded and finished in place with a coat of Bona DriFast sealer and Bona Traffic H.D. satin finish.  As you can see from the pictures, the whole home looked so much better with the carpet and tile removed, and the beautiful wood floor installed.

Wood Air Vents for Wood Flooring

by domino - June 8th, 2015

Air Vents for Wood Floors

Matching air vents to the species of wood flooring in your home is a common request as clients like the look of the wood air vents vs. a metal air vent cover.

The warm air returns are smaller and fit right into the ducts that are used for heating and cooling the home.

These can be fit flush with the floor and are sanded and finished and dropped into place.  It really makes the wood floors so much prettier using wood air vents instead of the metal ones.

Warm Air Vent Covers

Madrone warm air vent

This is a madrone floor with a madrone warm air vent cover.

Oak air vent

This one is an oak floor with a warm air vent cover.

Chestnut vent

A chestnut floor with a chestnut warm air vent cover.

Cold Air Return Vents

The cold air returns are usually larger in size and are also sanded and finished to match the floor.

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Red oak cold air returns.

Wood air vents are made for just about any species of wood flooring, including bamboo, Santos Mahogany, Brazilian cherry, oak, and maple.  If you are looking to change out your metal vents for wood ones to match your floor, give us a call!

Portland Hardwood Flooring

Installation, refinishing and repairing of hardwood floors in Portland, Oregon. We install new hardwood floors, prefinished wood floors; we sand and refinish existing hardwood floors using a dust containment system. We install wood stairs, borders and have access to sustainable and eco-friendly products.

Our mission is to ensure the longevity of our company through referral and repeat business achieved by customer satisfaction in all areas including timeliness and attention to detail.

Let us help you make an informed decision about what hardwood floor is right for you. Call us today and let’s get started on your project: 503.245.3373 or visit our website for more information and photos on Hardwood Floor Installation and Refinishing.

White Stained Stairs and Floor

by domino - April 13th, 2015

Using a rift and quartersawn white oak, we installed a floor and stairs in a private residence here in Portland.  The floors are 2 1/4″ quartersawn white oak and were installed throughout the home.

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We used a custom white stain and Bona Traffic waterborne finish on the stairs, landings and flooring.

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Notice the beautiful curve of the last stair.
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Portland Hardwood Flooring

Installation, refinishing and repairing of hardwood floors in Portland, Oregon. We install new hardwood floors, prefinished wood floors; we sand and refinish existing hardwood floors using a dust containment system. We install wood stairs, borders and have access to sustainable and eco-friendly products.

Our mission is to ensure the longevity of our company through referral and repeat business achieved by customer satisfaction in all areas including timeliness and attention to detail.

Let us help you make an informed decision about what hardwood floor is right for you. Call us today and let’s get started on your project: 503.245.3373 or visit our website for more information and photos on Hardwood Floor Installation and Refinishing.

Anti-Slip Finish for Stairs and Floors

by domino - February 26th, 2015

Bona has a finish that is anti-slip which we have used on stair treads and steps and I thought it would be a good idea to try it in our home on our stairs to see how it works. In one word: Amazing.   We have wood stairs leading up to our second floor and this product is the real deal.  In stocking feet you can feel the grip and I felt a lot more confident in walking down the stairs. I felt better about our dog, Mango, going down the stairs, also.

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On the Bona website they say that this product is “formulated to meet the highest standards for slip resistance.”  It is GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality, also. bona-traffic

We also coated our sunken living room floor at the same time.  The finish looks the same, but if you run your hand along the stair or floor, you can feel a difference.

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We have friends that have older dogs, and I’m going to see how they do getting up off the floor with the added traction that the finish provides. I think this product is something that clients will like for their stairs for sure, and if there are small children or dogs that slip on the floor – this is the finish to use.

It took a couple of hours to prep (tape off the spindles and risers) and buff the stairs and coating was very quick.  I was able to walk up the stairs at the end of the day in my stocking feet with no problem.

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Portland Hardwood Flooring

Installation, refinishing and repairing of hardwood floors in Portland, Oregon. We install new hardwood floors, prefinished wood floors; we sand and refinish existing hardwood floors using a dust containment system. We install wood stairs, borders and have access to sustainable and eco-friendly products.

Our mission is to ensure the longevity of our company through referral and repeat business achieved by customer satisfaction in all areas including timeliness and attention to detail.

Let us help you make an informed decision about what hardwood floor is right for you. Call us today and let’s get started on your project: 503.245.3373 or visit our website for more information and photos on Hardwood Floor Installation and Refinishing.

Portland Rustic Hardwood Floors

by domino - February 3rd, 2015
Rustic floors are very popular and can really add to the décor of a room. This particular floor is a character grade Oregon white oak floor. It is random width – 2 ¼” , 3 ¼”, and 4 ¼”. We sanded and finished it with a coat of Bona sealer and three coats of Bona Traffic H.D. (High Durability) and the finish works perfectly. It is a very durable surface finish and will not amber.

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The floor above was for an addition to an older home in Portland and brings added charm to the room. We loved the way it turned out.

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This floor is an Oregon big leaf maple floor with an OSMO polyx-oil finish, which is a penetrating oil finish. Another example of a rustic floor that has a certain look that clients love. This floor was installed in a home in Portland and notice that the baseboards match the floor. Another distinctive look for a hardwood floor.

Portland Hardwood Flooring

Installation, refinishing and repairing of hardwood floors in Portland, Oregon. We install new hardwood floors, prefinished wood floors; we sand and refinish existing hardwood floors using a dust containment system. We install wood stairs, borders and have access to sustainable and eco-friendly products.

Our mission is to ensure the longevity of our company through referral and repeat business achieved by customer satisfaction in all areas including timeliness and attention to detail.

Let us help you make an informed decision about what hardwood floor is right for you. Call us today and let’s get started on your project: 503.245.3373 or visit our website for more information and photos on Hardwood Floor Installation and Refinishing.

Hardwood Flooring: Red Oak vs. White Oak

by domino - January 15th, 2015

While there are oak trees used in flooring all over the world, for this blog, I’m going to be talking about North American Red and White Oak. Oak is probably the most used wood flooring in the United States because it is grown pretty much everywhere in North America. It is a slow growing tree and because of that, the wood is hard and ideal for flooring. Red oak is distinguished by its’ golden and golden and pinkish tones while white oak is a more tannish color. The graining on both woods is varied and beautiful. Depending on the grading of the wood, the graining is either very clear or very rustic.After the floors are sanded and finished, the look will differ depending on the finish used. Waterborne finishes are used when you want a clearer finish on the floor while an oil based finish will give a nice golden color to the wood and will darken with age.

Portland Hardwood Flooring

Installation, refinishing and repairing of hardwood floors in Portland, Oregon. We install new hardwood floors, prefinished wood floors; we sand and refinish existing hardwood floors using a dust containment system. We install wood stairs, borders and have access to sustainable and eco-friendly products.

Our mission is to ensure the longevity of our company through referral and repeat business achieved by customer satisfaction in all areas including timeliness and attention to detail.

Let us help you make an informed decision about what hardwood floor is right for you. Call us today and let’s get started on your project: 503.245.3373 or visit our website for more information and photos on Hardwood Floor Installation and Refinishing.