To Bevel or Not to Bevel!

On A Factory Finished Wood Floor That Is…

Here is an article by Andrew St. James, Goodwin’s Technical Consultant:

After years of observing the performance of factory finished wood floors the micro-bevel has emerged as the standard side profile for prefinished flooring. Some building owners prefer the look of square edge flooring, but it is more difficult to achieve good results with square edge prefinished wood floor.

Installation of a square edge factory finished floor demands better jobsite conditions in addition to more skill and care in the installation process. If a square edge is raised slightly higher than the adjacent board not only is there a visual problem, the potential for later damage is increased. Here are some suggestions to help improve your outcome if you choose a square edge factory finished floor:

  • The subfloor must be precisely flat to assure alignment of adjacent boards. This requires more care to achieve variation less than 3/16” out in 10 feet or 1/8” in a 6-foot radius that is normally allowed.
  • Nailing must be precise and with even pressure to avoid exposed square edges. The elastic nature of wood allows deflection if some boards are pulled down too much (or too little) when nailing. When nails are not set evenly the result can be similar to that seen with subfloor irregularities.
  • Minor seasonal cupping caused by the growth ring structure is normal in solid wood.  Boards change size and shape slightly. This slight movement is more noticeable in a square edge factory finished product.

Goodwin’s micro-bevel starts at twenty thousandths of an inch and is less after sanding and finishing. The tongue and groove help maintain alignment of the board ends. This stabilizing effect combined with the better strength properties of the end grain of the boards minimizes the need to bevel the ends.

Please send us your feedback on this short summary of Pros and Cons on To Bevel or Not To Bevel!

Beveled Edge

Goodwin’s Antique Longleaf Stained Brown Micro Beveled Edge

Goodwin’s Antique Longleaf Stained Brown Micro Beveled Edge

Pros

  • Can be very slight
  • Minimizes noticeability of misalignment
  • Normal subfloor variance within industry standards is allowed

Cons

  • Concern of dust in the groove
  • Slight line visible between boards

Square Edge

  • Suitable for an onsite finish
  • Matches existing historic flooring
  • Avoids a slight line between boards
  • Subfloor requires more care to make precisely flat
  • More skill needed to nail precisely, with even pressure
  • Any over / under increases the potential for finish failure
  • Slight movement from seasonal changes is more noticeable

Restoring a Biscayne Park Beauty

Goodwin was proud to be part of another historic renovation.  This time, we provided our River-Recovered® Heart Pine CHARACTER to help restore a 1900s log cabin which once served as the village of Biscayne Park’s “meeting spot”. According to an article in the Miami Herald“The log cabin was built in 1933 as a way to give laborers some work during the Depression.  It cost $247 and used about 140 feet of lumber, according to state records.”

The cabin was expanded through the years to house police and village employees.  However, when it was designated a historic site by the Miami-Dade County Preservation Board, officials pursued constructing a new village hall so they could return the log cabin back to its original state.

And, that is where Goodwin’s reclaimed wood came into play.  An antique cabin needs an antique reclaimed wood floor, so when we got the call for 1100 sq. ft., we were happy to oblige!  The restored cabin – which now serves as the village commission chambers – officially re-opened last month. Richard Heisenbottle was the restoration architect and McKenzie Construction was the contractor.

Read the recent article in the Miami Herald

An Antique Twist to Modern Look

Do you love the look of reclaimed wood but prefer a modern style living or work area?  Central Hardwoods of Dallas, Texas achieved both in this sleek office space:

Central Hardwoods used Goodwin’s River-Recovered® and reclaimed wood paneling – antique longleaf to be specific – which resulted in this classy, antique twist on a modern look.  If you love it and gotta have it, give us a call!

 

Reclaimed Wood Class and Road Trip

Goodwin was excited to present, “Architectural and Design Uses of Reclaimed Wood” to 62 architects at MiaGreen. We answered lots of questions about installation, moisture control and sustainable forestry.  The story behind sinker cypress and the process of recovering logs always engages the audience.  A good time was had by all!

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While in South Florida, we visited a number of friends to show off Goodwin’s new factory finished reclaimed wood, including Moor, Baker & Associates Architects, P.A. and Bonded Floors in Vero Beach (who we’ve worked with for over 20 years).

Congratulations Chris Baker of Moor, Baker & Associates Architects, P.A. !

Congratulations Chris Baker of Moor, Baker & Associates Architects, P.A. !

We also stopped by Uline’s vacation home in Everglades City to see their Goodwin engineered floor. As we made our way up the coast, we made a stop at Architect’s Unlimited in Naples and at Chico’s Headquarters in Ft Myers. Chico’s founders, Marvin and Helene Gralnick put a Goodwin Heart Pine floor in their home 25 years ago. The Gralnick’s wanted to use Goodwin’s Wild Black Cherry flooring in their new stores; however, solid unfinished wood proved too challenging for commercial contractors.

Our good friends Marvin and Helene Gralnick, founders of Chico’s

Our good friends Marvin and Helene Gralnick, founders of Chico’s

Today our factory finished engineered floor in any custom color is ‘install ready’ for high-end commercial or residential projects. Thank you Marvin and Helene. We were honored to provide you with your River-Recovered ® Antique Heart Pine floor!