Rustic Sawed Plank Re-Claimed Oiled Pine Beauty

We recently re-oiled a beautiful re-claimed 12 inch wide sawed pine plank floor in Conway.   This home was built about 12 years ago and has one of the most unique floors that we’ve seen.   The floor was 2700 Square Feet of re-claimed heart pine planks that had been re-claimed from an old factory that was torn down near St. Louis, Missouri.  The original planks were about 2 inches thick, and they were sawed in half, but the original flooring company milled the planks where the old side was used as flooring to retain the old patina.

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We contacted the original flooring company who installed and finished the floor, who was actually (and still is) located in Wisconsin, and did some research on how the floor was originally finished.   This is something that you want to be absolutely sure about before you start putting a new finish down on a unique floor such as this!!!     This is obviously NOT and inexpensive floor.

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Even though the 12 year old floor had some wear, it was in surprisingly good shape in many areas.   We used the same oil as the original and gave the floor new life.  The re-oiling process brought back the depth, luster, and hid all but the deepest of scratches in the old pine floor.    I am really impressed with this product, in durability, application and ease of re-coating/repair, so we intend to start using more of this product on these types of rustic, distressed or hand-scraped floors in the future.

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Sorry for the quality of these pictures, because they were taken from my camera phone.   I hope to get back into the house soon with my better camera and take some better photos after the new owners have moved in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Hand-Scraped Hickory Floor

 

 

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We recently installed and finished this beautiful 7 Inch hickory hand-scraped hardwood floor in a beautiful home near Gamaliel, AR, constructed by Ozark Custom Country Homes.  The floor has no stain, just a natural oil based finish to let the beauty of the wood show through.

Hope you enjoy the pictures of this one of a kind unique floor.

Everything Old is new Again – Reclaimed Floor

This is a super unique project that we did in the Fall of 2011 in a beautiful home near Green Forest, AR.   This was a reclaimed material, reclaimed by a company in Missouri that came originally from boards that were removed from some stockyards that were torn down near Springfield, MO.   The material was originally 2×6 material, so the boards were rip-sawed in half, lightly planed on the rough side (which is the side that shows)  and were tongue and grooved to make a floor that is 4  3/4 Inches wide.

This floor was approximately 2600 Square feet, and was installed by us, lightly sanded, and finished with 4 coats of tung oil and satin polyurethane finish.

We also did a set of stairs using the same material,  in this one of a kind, unique, and beautiful home.

Enjoy the photos of this reclaimed unique floor below by clicking on a photo to enlarge and start a slide show.

10 Secluded Acres for Sale near the Buffalo River

10 Acres with an Incredible View less than 1 mile from the Buffalo National River and  the Gene Rush Wildlife Management Area. The Arkansas Game and Fish recently bought 3000 acres near this area for $3,400 per acre.

Very secluded area (no close neighbors) and the land around the 10 acres is undeveloped woodland, so you’ve got the wilderness to yourself. Great area to ride horses or 4 wheelers. Deer, Turkey, Black Bear and Elk are numerous. This is a great hunting area.  Small, very rustic one room cabin on the property, which could be used for a hunting camp, or we could build to suit a Log Cabin on the property. The rustic cabin is not currently livable, but is solid and could be fixed up with a little work.   The view has to be seen to be appreciated as you can see for 30 miles.

There is no water or electric on the property.  You would have to drill a well for water.  Electric line is approximately 1/2 mile from the property, so it is not too far away. The nearest neighbor is about 1/2 mile away.

I would describe the road to the property as only “semi-maintained”.  Not graded regularly, so 4 wheel drive vehicles would be best.

There is quite a bit of timber on the property, especially hickory, but the tops of a lot of the trees were damaged in the ice storm a couple winters ago.

This is truly a piece of property for someone who wants a get away place in the ozarks for camping or hunting.   Would be a great place to build a rustic cabin or a “doomsday bunker”!!  :)

Price:  $25,000

 

Beautiful Hand Scraped Floor near Danville Arkansas

We Recently installed and finished a Wide Plank Hand Scraped White Oak floor in a beautiful home near Danville, AR.   The floor was rustic white oak, mixed width 6,7 and 8 inch wide planks.   The floor was finished with a Minwax Jacobean color and oil based finish.  You can see by the pictures, the floor turned out very nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Ozark Hardwood Flooring

Welcome to Ozark Hardwood Flooring!!

 

Ozark Hardwood Flooring offers a wide variety of beautiful hardwood floors. We install, sand, finish and refinish real hardwood flooring in Central and North Arkansas, and Southwest Missouri.

We have been in business since 1994 and have installed, sanded-finished, or refinished over 1.3 Million SQFT of Real Hardwood Flooring since that time. We have hundreds of satisfied customers, many repeat customers, and builders that we have worked with for over 10 years.

We provide dust free sanding of real wood and refinish flooring jobs.

We specialize in real solid wood Sand and finish on site floors. But do pre-finished and engineered products as well. We install over wood sub-floors or Slab on or above grade with Engineered products.   We have been doing true “hand-scraped” floors since 2006, and in 2012, hand-scraped flooring passed 20% of our business for the first time.  True Hand-scraped floor gives you that unique floor with an old world appearance that is a true conversation piece.

Check out our website with pictures of some of our projects, then contact us for all your Hardwood Flooring needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lesson on how “NOT” to Sand and Finish a Wood Floor

We recently bid on a 1200 square foot flooring  project and were not chosen by the owner originally.   This does happen occasionally, but not too often as even though we aren’t the least expensive flooring installation and finishing company around, normally when everything is considered, quality, price, reputation, dust free sanding, etc.   Most clients who compare will find out the same thing that I believe, that we are the best value for every dollar spent on the floor.   This portfolio of  pictures will show you why.

We did not originally get to do this job, but after the first flooring contractor made a horrible mess of this wood floor, we were called by the owner to fix the problems.   This is not the first time this has happened, and because it happens more than I would like, I decided to show these pictures and tell this story.

I’ve been in this business for a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of very poor jobs over the years, some done by homeowners themselves when trying to save a few dollars by doing their own floor.  And most would say they would never repeat that process.   But in all these years, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a floor in this bad of shape.   I really don’t see how someone could mess up a floor this bad, unless they were trying, and even then it would be difficult.  Especially someone who actually claims to be in the hardwood flooring business.

I would never name the flooring company who did this floor, because with work like this, I am sure they will be weeded out of the business very soon, and rightfully so.   This floor has about everything wrong with the sanding and finishing job that you could have wrong with one.  I’ll outline many of the problems that you will see when looking at the photos, and I’ve made notes on the photos so you can see tell what I’m showing you.

  1. Drum Sander Streaks – These can be caused by several different things, but are normally caused by either a bad sanding belt if a belt machine was used, or by a really bad place on the drum or a screw or nail in the drum if a drum machine was used.  There were literally hundreds of these streak marks in this floor, they were everywhere you looked.
  2. Planer Marks –  These are the original planer marks from the factory that were left on the floor.  These are places that a sander never touched the floor.  They show up as lines running across the boards, rather than longways.
  3. Edger Swirls – This is caused by the edger machine, the machine that is supposed to be used around the perimeter of the floor only to sand areas that cannot be sanded by the larger belt or drum machine.  These are normally sanded out by using a finish sander or hand sanding (we actually use a halogen light to look for these)  They are caused by using too rough a sandpaper on the edges also.   Funny thing about these, they were everywhere.  This original contractor used the edger in places they had no business using it.
  4. Puddles in the Finish –  There were puddles in the finish everywhere in this floor.  It looked to me that the finish was basically “slopped” on the floor with a mop.  Some place the puddles were nearly 1/8 inch thick!!!!  You would almost have to just pour the finish on the floor and leave it to get this.  I know, I couldn’t believe it either.
  5. Trash in the Finish –  When you site finish a floor, there is no way to get every single piece of trash out of the finish.  1 or 2 tiny pieces of trash in 1000 square feet is acceptable, and these can be easily picked out with a fingernail and repaired, but this floor had literally THOUSANDS of chunks of trash.   Almost looked like the trash had been thrown in the finish on purpose, but it wasn’t.   There was no vacuum system…..I don’t even believe the floor was swept before the stain and finish was applied.   It was really sad.

This portfolio has about 20 pictures of the “before” photos of this job.   We are currently working on this project and of course had to completely re-sand/refinish this floor down to bare wood.  As soon as the floor is finished, I will also post some “after” pictures.   The homeowners were getting very excited about moving into their brand new home, and now because of this original very poor floor sanding and finishing job, they will have to delay that for a couple weeks.

The moral of this story, please check out the contractor that does your work on your home.   It is real easy to check us out as we’ve got hundreds of happy customers, and you can see the quality of the work we do right on this website.  This “flooring contractor”  (and I use that term very loosely)  Did not have a website, and was basically just chosen on price.   Price is not the most important criteria for choosing a flooring contractor, as I believe you would have to agree by looking at these pictures.

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I have left these pictures large on purpose so you can see the detail.  It may take some time for them to load with a slower connection.

Click on a picture below for a slide show of all the pictures.

 

Unique Mixed Hardwood Floor

The mill where we buy the majority of our wood has a product that they call “Mixed Hardwood”.  This flooring is a hodgepodge of many different types of flooring that they accumulate over time that come along with their regular species.

The owners of the mill went thru a run and counted the different species at one time, and counted around 20 different species of wood that was in that particular run.  Everything from Sassafras, Gum, Soft Maple, Osage Orange, Birch, Beech, and everything in between.

An Architect working on a project in Harrison Arkansas wanted something unique for a the home and after he and the owners saw a sample of this floor, they decided it was exactly what they wanted.   Since that time we have used it in several different floors in the area.

One thing for sure about this floor, you’ll never get the same floor twice.  So if you’re looking for something totally unique for your home, maybe Mixed Hardwood” is for you.

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Helm-Blair House, Snowball, Arkansas

 

Over the years we have been contacted to work in some beautiful old homes, and we have re-finished floors in some homes that were over 100 years old.  Sometime however, the floors in an old home are just too far gone to refinish.

Such was the case with the Helm-Blair House.  A home that is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was built in 1906 and was fully restored and updated in 2007-08.  The home is now a rental and you can find out more information about it at ozarkhistoriccabins.com.

Of course the new owners wanted the old pine floors refinished, but there was just too much wear and damage to make the project worthwhile and salvageable.   We installed a new 5 inch pine floor over the old floor and the floors turned out great.  The whole cabin and experience turned out really nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-finished at Renewal Ranch near Conway Arkansas

 

Installation of a Pre-Finished, hand scraped wide plank engineered floor at Renewal Ranch, a service and outreach center to help men break addiction at Conway, Arkansas.

We were contacted by one of the regular builders that we normally work for in Conway, Arkansas about helping at a work day at a very worthwhile organization.   Renewal Ranch is an organization which helps men try to break the cycle of drug and alcohol addiction.   With donations and lots of volunteer help, they have succeeded in raising the funds to secure a very nice piece of property outside of Conway and have constructed the first of several planned homes that will be used to help in this effort.

Home Depot had graciously donated about $10,000 worth of pre-finished hardwood floor for the project, and had also donated a “work day” for about 25-30 of their employees to help install the floor in the facility.   Most of these employees didn’t have any hardwood  flooring installation experience, and the builder recommended us to come down and oversee the workday, and finish up the project after the workday was done.   There was a very good turnout for the work day, and even with a lot of volunteer help, quite a bit of floor got installed on the work day, and good food and fellowship was had by all.

This project is now finished and being used by Renewal Ranch, and hopefully with further donations, more can be completed in the future.   For more information about Renewal Ranch or to help their worthwhile cause, you can go to their website at therenewalranch.org