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How does your service stand out?

Over a decade of high-end residential and commercial hardwood flooring experience in the Upstate.  We specialize in nail down, glue down, laminate and LVT style flooring. Our passion and attention to detail ensures a solid, beautiful finished product that you will love showing off to your neighbors!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?
I enjoy the unique challenges and character of each individual project. Seeing the smiles on my clients faces after the project is finished is a very rewarding and fulfilling experience.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

It always starts with a face to face consultation. Having an thorough understanding of the size and scope of the work involved helps me when it comes to providing the most accurate quote possible. This also helps eliminate most surprises from the project which could result in extra time or cost.

From there we will discuss prices and materials that you had in mind. We will look at sample boards and then I like to give as much time as you need to make a confident decision. When you are ready we will order the materials and schedule installation.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a professional installer?

Consider your installers references, experience and warranty on the work provided.

The balance between cost and quality is always the toughest decision. Will you be living in this house or do you plan on renting it out? Wear and tear, cost of materials/installation, and ease of installation/replacement are all factors to consider depending on your plans for the floor.

How much does it cost?
It’s hard to set a standard. There is a general price/sq.ft. that we work with. But each home is so different that it may fluctuate on a case by case basis. Some projects end up taking extra effort/time that needs to be compensated. Then once in a while the layout is just set up to move fast and easy. In those special situations the price could potentially drop based on ease of installation.
Nail Down Vs. Glue Down Vs. Floating Floor

Choosing the correct installation method will depend on the flooring type used, whether it is installed above or below grade and the subfloor material.

Different materials, costs, and labor intricacies are involved with the various installation processes. An in-home evaluation is the easiest way to determine which type of flooring will be the best fit for your home.

 

Tile vs. Hardwood

Both types of flooring can be beautiful and quite resilient.

Hardwood flooring adds a natural element to your home providing a warm ambiance throughout. A properly installed hardwood floor can last for generations. With the option of resanding and refinishing it can really be cost effective in the long run as well. Wood however does not like moisture. So in areas like bathrooms and kitchens, a leak or spill could end up causing some major damage.

Tile is easy to maintain by repelling moisture, stains and tough messes while nearly any method in floor cleaning will work. If something does happen to your tile its as easy as removing and replacing each individual tile without disrupting the floor around it. Although its not as warm and comfortable as a hardwood floor, in areas that see high traffic and moisture it can really save you some headache. Many manufacturers now provide wood look tile as well.

Pre-finished Hardwood vs Site Finished

Each method has its own benefits and advantages, and choosing the right method will depend on the level of customization you want to achieve, and your personal preference.

A site finish is one that applied in your home after the flooring has being installed. With a site finished floor we work directly with you to determine which stain, finish, and sheen will work best for you. This option offers you almost unlimited possibilities for customizing the final appearance of your floor.

However, because your floors will be sanded and finished in your home, you should expect some noise, a little dust, and some disruption to your home. You also will need to allow time for the finish to dry on-site, during which time you will not be able to walk on your floor.

With pre-finished wood floors, the finish is applied at the factory, long before it reaches your home. While many options are available with factory finished floors, the options for customization are still limited.

A major benefit of factory finished floors, however, is that there will be less dust and noise. You also will be able to walk on your floors immediately after they are installed.