Mid Winter 2014 Update

Mid Winter Update — Current Schedule and outlook as of 1/14/2014.

We’ve really had some cold nasty weather lately.   We’ve actually missed about 8 days so far this winter because of the weather, and that’s really unusual for us.  We were just about to get back to normal after being so far behind thru the fall, and then the winter hit with a vengeance.   So we’re back to “catch up” mode now.

2013 turned out to be the best year since 2007 for us.   Seems like the housing market started to come back just a bit, and opening some new markets in the central Arkansas area has really helped to keep our business steady over the past year or two.   Hand scraped and textured floors have become very popular as well, and we do some of the nicest and most unique textured floors in the business.  Our hand scraped have been very popular in 2013 and we did several of these floors in very nice homes in central Arkansas.

One thing for sure, 2013 was the hardest year to find floor that I’ve seen in the 20 years we’ve been in business.  Many specific widths, grades and species of wood have just been “out” or at least 3-6 month’s out in production.  White Oak and Hickory have been the scarcest, and it seems they’ve really been the most popular floors for the past year or two also.  Hickory has always been popular, and since dark floors have really been “in” for the past couple years, white oak has been scarce as well because it stains to a nice rich dark color.   We use several different regional suppliers of floor, and it’s been the same for all of them.

The reason for this shortage was the fact that the housing market has been so slow since the crash of 2008-9, many companies who produce hardwood went completely out of business.  The ones who stayed in business have had a hard time this past year keeping up with the increased demand.   Some of this is still going on, but it seems to be easing just a bit with the normal winter slowdown.

We’re getting a good steady stream of calls and know of several projects coming up thru the early spring and summer already.  If you are interested in having wood floors done in the next 6 months, please call us as soon as possible and let us quote your project.  We can order your floor early and our suppliers will hold the order and fill it when the wood is available.   We can put you on the waiting list and will work you in as soon as possible.   Hopefully 2014 will be as busy as 2013 has been.   Call us today!!

Lee

 

1-26-2013 Update

We finished 2012  with  84 completed projects,  totaling  104,000   Square Feet of floor installed, sanded and finished or refinished, up about 5% from 2011, down about 18% from 2008, our best year ever, but not too bad considering the still fairly dismal housing industry.   Building is still pretty slow, so we’re definitely having to drive more and cover more area to stay completely busy.   We drove about 80,000 miles in 2012, so we’re doing our part keeping the oil companies in business.

The whole year was fairly steady.   But it always seems to get busier near the end of the year, and this year was no exception     It seems like lots of homeowners are wanting to do some remodeling and upgrading of their existing home or adding on,  instead of building a new one.   That is great, because upgrading the floors will really make a difference in the value of your home.  It seems like 2013 is starting out well so far, because as of right now, we’re about 5-6 weeks behind, and have two very nice hand scraped floors we’re currently working on.  Inquiries seem to be stable,  averaging about  4-5  per week, which is a lot better than in 2009-10, when there were periods the phone just wasn’t ringing because the uncertain economy had everyone a bit worried.

We are getting more and more inquiries about hand scraped flooring all the time, and recently finished several new hand scraped floors.   Hand scraped floors comprised about 22% of our business in 2012, passing the 20% mark for the first time.   We completed several new hand scraped jobs in 2012, and we just posted pictures of a new hand scraped hickory floor that we recently completed near the Mountain Home area.   We also have several other hand scraped floors that we haven’t as yet taken pictures of that we will post soon.  We also provide the hand scraped floors for Llanorado Hardwood Floors near Kingsland, TX. You can visit their website at www.llanoradohardwoodfloors.com.

Our hand scraped floors are much more unique than most, as many people who do hand-scraped, install the floors first, then try to scrape them after they’ve already been installed. When you do this, you lose the unique definition of each board and the floor ends up looking like a damaged piece of plywood (In my opinion).   We actually hand scrape each individual board in our shop, which means busting each bundle, hand scraping the face of the board, easing the edges by hand, and hand sanding each board before re-bundling for shipment to the job. The boards are installed and immediately finished on site. This means you’re floor will be totally unique, and no two hand scraped floors that we do are alike.

The housing slowdown has affected everyone in the home industry. We have been blessed however, and are still working, along with building homes and cabins thru our sister company, Ozark Custom Country Homes.    We recently completed a new log home in Omaha, AR, and a beautiful log siding home in Gamaliel, AR as well.   We are in the process of finishing a unique antique log cabin near Mt. Judea, and a custom conventional home in Marshall, AR.   We have more projects on the horizon for 2013 as well.

If you plan to do some wood floor in your new or existing home, give us a call as soon as possible to get on our list. Thanks a bunch.

 

Lee

 

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

 

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.

Lee Walsh

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.

 

Testimonials

Over the years we’ve received many notes, and nice complements about our flooring and the work that we do.   I just wanted to share a few here.

Special Thanks!! The floors are exquisite! I cannot believe we managed to get you for our tiny job — but it means a huge joy to us! S. Bergman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Lee, The floors are beautiful! We appreciate all the things you did for us and for your going above and beyond. When you build a house it’s refreshing to know that when someone tells you they’re going to do something, they keep their word and that was you and your staff. It was a pleasure working with you. Thank you for a job well done! The Foley’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Guys — The floor looks Great. Joe and Carol

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guys, Thanks so much for all your work on the floors. We’ve already had many complements. If I can ever be of help or give a recommendation, just let me know. Again Thanks, A. & T. Berry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for my great new floors. Tell Foy he did a good deed and a good job when he re-finished them! If you ever need a reference, please feel free to call me. J. Lingle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The floors look perfect, and thank you so much!  Jeff and Megan

The floors look perfect, and thank you so much! Jeff and Megan

Lee, Thank you again for a beautiful hardwood floor. I Love it.  Thanks, Peggi W.

Lee, Thank you again for a beautiful hardwood floor. I Love it. Thanks, Peggie W.

Dear Mr. Walsh,  Thanks for laying my beautiful floor.  You did a great job and the fellows were so nice.  Sincerely, K. Andersen.

Dear Mr. Walsh, Thanks for laying my beautiful floor. You did a great job and the fellows were so nice. Sincerely, K. Andersen.

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.

Click on a picture below for a slide show.

Our Flooring — Made in the USA

 

We are very concerned about the U.S. Economy and want to try and protect as many American Jobs as possible. That is why all of our wood products are Made in the USA.

Did you know that 61% of the flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators in 2009 came from Non-North American sources? “With Asian manufacturers showing the sharpest growth”….. (Source: National Wood Flooring Association, Catalina Research, Inc. 2009 Wood Flooring Market Profile, Produced January 2010.

Most of our work comes from installing unfinished floor and sanding and finishing on site. We do some prefinished flooring, but we make sure that even the prefinished flooring we use comes from U.S. Manufacturers, unless of course you’re looking for an “exotic” species of floor. All the Unfinished flooring that we use comes from local mills…..mostly from mills right here in the Ozarks, or occasionally Appalachian Hardwood.

We feel it is very important to protect our jobs at home and we’re very proud to use wood products that are Made in the USA