The finish is how hard?

Dan Peterson describes his specially formulated Diamond finish to a visitor at our GreenBuild Expo booth. There is still time to come and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to download your FREE expo pass!

The finish is how hard?

Walk on Diamonds!

How is this for color – check out our Wild Black Cherry hardwood, brushed and pigmented with grey and topped with a Diamond coating (second in hardness only to diamonds!)

We recently created this for a customer who wanted the grain and features of cherry, with exceptional durability and grey coloring. So, we created a special-formulated, custom coating to match the color they desired with a more resistant wear layer suited for a commercial floor. The small inset is the natural color of cherry so you can see the difference.

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Whatever your style, we can create it.
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Historic Preservationist Loves Goodwin’s LEGACY Heart Pine Flooring

In the Old Northeast Historic District of St. Petersburg, Florida, preservationist and past president of the Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, Maureen Stafford is busy restoring a vintage, early twentieth century beauty.  This classic home, like so many built in St. Pete’s grand and early years, was full of heart pine, but age and condition demanded some repair and replacement be done.  Goodwin milled 1020 square feet of LEGACY (building reclaimed) heart pine flooring for the project.  Built at a time when long leaf pine (pinus palustris) was still plentiful in the state of Florida, Maureen’s careful attention to detail and use of historically appropriate materials assures that this old survivor will enjoy an extended lifetime. Goodwin applauds Maureen’s work and the work of all of those who take on the mantle of preserving great American architecture!!

Did you notice?  Maureen used a great old trick in creating the face of her floor.  Knowing that the bed will live in one spot in this room, our preservationist made sure to install most of the knottier boards there, insuring that the remainder of her floor will be perfectly clear.

Quick Tips to Consider When Developing Building Design Specifications

Condos and Vacation Homes

Condominiums and vacation homes are often not occupied for several months during the year. If the HVAC is left off during the summer, humidity can build up and get in between the boards to the underside and cause the floor to cup. Of course, to solve the problem, you must understand the problem. This issue can be prevented by back sealing the boards with inexpensive polyurethane before installation. If you expect the interior conditions to not be controlled year round, this balances both sides of the wood to avoid cupping.

Wide Board and Large Rooms

When working with wide boards or large rooms, consider starting the installation in the middle of the room. Nail toward both walls with spline glued into the grooves of the middle boards. The tongue side should be held down with sufficient fasteners, so most of the movement occurs on the groove side. This technique essentially cuts your shrink/swell in half.

Installation Over Concrete

When installing either solid or glued engineered wood over concrete on grade, we always recommend sealing the concrete. A well-made engineered wood with a water resistant plywood backer and high-quality glue can even survive a leak.  It will generally dry out and will usually be fine if you get the water off relatively quickly, but it will not be able to dry if the concrete is not sealed.

Acclimation and Moisture

Every wood floor professional should own a moisture meter. Use the kind with pins that measure electrical resistance and orient the pins with the grain, as that is how the meters are calibrated. Meters that sit on top of wood measure specific gravity and do not work well on dense reclaimed wood. This step is the most important specification to make sure that the wood and site are acclimated and installed at the expected long-term moisture content and living conditions.

Nails and Fasteners

Be sure to use enough fasteners for a nail down floor. Our recommended nail schedule is as follows:

Solid Wood:

  • Every 6” for a 3” face
  • Every 4” for a 5” face
  • Every 3” for a 7” face
  • Every 2” for a 9” face

And, no more than 1-1/2” from end to avoid splits.

Engineered Wood:

  • Every 6″ for a 3 face”
  • Every 5” for a 5 face”
  • Every 4” for a 7” face

Wider products require more nails to get close to the same average number of nails per square foot. You must consider more than just the expansion and contraction of the flooring. It is also very important to get the flooring to conform to the sub floor. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the quality of installation you want. The good installers we know use more nails than average.

Made in America…

More and more, today’s consumers are looking for local and sustainable options.  Whether it’s locally grown produce from the neighborhood farmer’s market or recycled building products from the local architectural salvage company, today’s marketplace demands an alternative to inferior and poorly crafted imports.  It should come as no surprise that discerning homeowners all over the country are seeking out similar products in the way of authentic, “Made in the U.S.A.” wood flooring.

We thought you’d like to see the fascinating process that Goodwin Company goes through to bring clients the finest in reclaimed heart pine engineered flooring.  In 2007, Goodwin became the first reclaimed wood company in the United States to manufacture an engineered floor here at home and not overseas.  Goodwin offers its Precision Engineered product in both River-Recovered® and Legacy (building reclaimed) Heart Pine.

The following photos are very interesting and intriguing.  They take you through the multi-stepped process of milling the highest quality flooring we know (even if it’s used as wainscoting like our clients did at the new Sea Scout base in Galveston, Tx.)  From the reclamation of gigantic heart pine beams out of deconstructed 19th century industrial buildings to sawing and finishing the final product, Goodwin means quality.  Goodwin means, “Made in America”.

Summer is the Perfect Time to Spruce Up Your Floor

While the Goodwin Company showroom is a one of a kind, beautiful display of our River-Recovered® and building reclaimed heart pine and cypress; it also sits right smack in the middle of our sawmill.  A sawmill can be a dusty, dirty place and you can imagine that keeping this showroom clean is a job in itself.

While you may not face the challenges we face with a continual outpouring of dirt and sawdust, you may find an oil and re-buff every few years does wonders to even the most well maintained floors.  Keeping our antique wood floor looking resilient for welcomed visitors takes a couple of easy, but necessary steps:

  • First, we vacuum away all the loose dirt making sure to use a soft bristle head so as not to scratch the floor.
  • Next, we mop the floor with clean, warm water and a fresh mop. This doesn’t require a lot of water.  Each time the mop goes back to the bucket it should be thoroughly wrung out.  The point is to only use enough moisture to remove dirt, but not enough to linger on top of your floor.  It should dry rather quickly.
  • Thirdly, while following the instructions closely, use a quality hardwood floor cleaner that can also be applied and removed with a fresh mop. Look carefully.  Some cleaners need to be diluted, while others do not.
  • Lastly, once dry, we oiled and buffed the floor using a quality hardwood floor maintenance oil and a orbital floor buffer. We buff the oil in using a new pad, then wait over night, change pads and buff again to remove the excess oil and to lower the sheen.  Ultimately, we buffed the floor for a third time to achieve the sheen we like.  Like the hardwood floor cleaner, be sure to follow the instructions closely when using the maintenance oil.  Different oils can have different set times.

Enjoy the photos of our showroom and please come pay us a visit!!!

Back to Dasburg!

University of Florida president, Dr. Kent Fuchs, and wife Linda graciously hosted an evening BBQ this past Wednesday, June 10th, in appreciation of all of the contractors and trades people who worked so diligently to complete the UF Dasburg president’s house. During the event, Dr. Fuchs thanked everyone for their hard work and effort. He also noted all of those companies that had made generous donations to the appointment of the Dasburg house. Goodwin was proud to be among the recognized businesses. Dr. Fuchs then announced that for the rest of the evening the Dasburg would be completely opened and that all were free to roam the house and admire their and other’s handiwork. What a great surprise!   We were able to capture some additional photos of the home and the flooring we provided. Enjoy!

 

Congratulations Jeffrey and Megan!

Last weekend, our Marketing Coordinator Jeffrey and his lovely wife Megan celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary in Cedar Key, Florida. While there, they visited the St. Clair Whitman House at the Cedar Key State Museum. Although Jeffrey was away on pleasure, he could not resist taking these photographs of Goodwin’s wood in the home:

Last year, Dale Kendrick with the Florida Park Service repaired several sections of flooring in the St. Clair Whitman House using Goodwin’s LEGACY heart pine. Jeffrey’s photos not only show the contrast of the new wood to old, but also illustrate how well the material marries together as a whole. The wood is featured in the front entrance, kitchen and on some of the wainscot in the dining room.

If you are ever on Cedar Key, be sure to stop by and check it out!

Hmmm…. I am considering giving Jeffrey an afternoon off to take his wife to an early dinner and movie since he found a way to “work” on his anniversary weekend…

Congratulations, Jeffrey and Megan. And, thank you for the wonderful photographs!

A Breathtaking Display of Goodwin’s Various Wood Species

We are honored that Kimal Lumber on Fruitville Road in Sarasota, Florida chose to use Goodwin wood for their showroom office remodel. The owner, Al Bavry, is a wonderful person and a very knowledgeable professional. We certainly appreciated the opportunity to work with him!

The job turned out so well, Kimal is also using the office as a Goodwin display. The area features selections of most all of the wood Goodwin offers, including engineered, curly, log rounds, cypress paneling, and pecky.

We encourage you to stop by and visit the Kimal Sarasota location. A talented employee by the name of Rob has even handcrafted a number of wall hangings and art using the cutoffs. In fact, they will be celebrating their one-year anniversary on Saturday, February 27th with a customer appreciation day. Jeffrey Forbes and I will be there representing Goodwin with a booth and display. We would love to see you!

For more information, visit: http://kimallumber.com/locations/sarasota-east/