In addition to your actual coverage area, additional footage should be
added for trim allowances and anticipated waste factors. In standard installations,
add 5% to our Selected-Clear, 7% to our Colonial Cabin, and 10% or more to
our Rustic-Heartwood and Tavern Collections.
Non-standard installations will increase the waste factor, which includes diagonal
or angled cuts, borders and pattern work, or selecting for specific color,
character, or lengths. In these instances, the waste factor may run add 5%-30%
or even greater based on your particular installation.
The higher the waste percentage
you allow, the more selective you can be during the installation
process, providing added assurance that the finished project
will be to your ultimate satisfaction.
I am concerned about
the environment. Is hardwood flooring a sound environmental choice?
In a word, yes. Trees are a valuable renewable natural resource,
and as long as we manage this renewable resource on a sustainable
yield basis it will continue to supply our wood resource needs
indefinitely. In the United States the annual volume of hardwood
growth exceeds the actual volume of hardwood timber harvested.
Unlike petroleum, steel, and stone based products, we continue
to reforest our hardwoods for our future wood needs.
Also, the harvesting and processing of timber products requires
far less energy than the processing of these other building
products. We also recycle wood that was used years ago in building
barns, factories, and warehouses into beautiful antique flooring.
Wood flooring is a very sound environmental choice for floor
covering. For more information about forestry in the United
States, please feel free to contact us.
Why do you primarily
offer random widths?
We offer random width flooring for several reasons. First
we manufacture for the greatest achievable yield from random
width kiln dried lumber. We try to keep planks to the maximum
width and length that each board processed will allow. This
helps us keep costs down and keeps our flooring reasonably priced.
Second, we don't want to be like everyone else and supply
the run of the mill commodity strip flooring product. We think
that customers, like you, want a quality hardwood flooring product
that is different from the standard 2-1/4 Red Oak strip product.
All of our products fall outside the commodity strip flooring
Finally, random width flooring helps our customers reproduce
the look of an earlier floor. Up until the latter part of the
19th century all wood floors were random width. Only in the
late 19th century and through the 20th century have we evolved
to the standard boring strip floor. Our random width flooring
will help you to affordably create the look of an early American
floor in your home today.
End Matching is the process of double end-trimming each plank and through a special
process, precision milling a tongue and groove on the plank ends.
End Matching is typically
required on strip or narrow width flooring and with and large commercial flooring mills that
utilize 9" to 40"average lengths that are left over from other
This is the industry accepted size range for most commercial
At TinyTIMBERS, we start with full grade lumber- not just
leftovers. This results in a more consistent grain and color
appearance while yielding extremely long planks, especially
in comparison with our commercial countertop.
End matching eliminates the need to cut each plank end,
greatly reducing the installation process. Unless otherwise
stated, End Matching is now included in both our Colonial Cabin
and Selected-Clear Grade Flooring lines. Our precision End
Matching process will yield planks with a 10'
maximum with 4-1/2' minimum length average.
Helpful Flooring Installation
Hardwood flooring will last more than a lifetime which is
why you should be selective in the placement of the individual
planks. Consider installing the most interesting or figured
planks in a visible area to be enjoyed and select the planks
that are least appealing in closets, under planned furniture
of area rug placement. Since selection is highly subjective,
we recommend that you are present at least for the initial installation
process to relay your preferences to the installer.
When installing random widths, try to stagger the different
widths to avoid the appearance of a repeating pattern. Each
order is shipped with a width tally which provides the total
lineal feet of each width. This report will help you in planning
your random pattern.
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Professional Installers guide book.
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cupping or crowning of the installed floor surface.
I am considering the
Selected Clear grade. Will every plank be consistent and perfect?
Although we strive for excellence in our products, no wood
flooring is absolutely consistent or perfect. The irregularities
that exist are perfectly normal as a product of nature and is
in large part what makes real wood flooring so appealing. Natures
beauty ensures that no two boards are exactly the same. This
results in a wonderfully attractive floor with genuine character
and warmth which cannot be duplicated in artificial flooring
materials. If your preference is for a floor that is absolutely
consistent or perfect, options other than real wood flooring
should be pursued.
Are some woods considered
too soft for flooring?
Pine, poplar, sassafras and certain other "softer" hardwoods
can be good choices for flooring depending on your tastes and
needs. There are White Pine floors still in use today in New
England that are over 300 years old. They do show the nicks
and dings of age, but this just adds to their character, history,
and patina. Pine, poplar and sassafras are by no means
as hard as Oak, but the worn character that can occur
during normal flooring use will in no way shorten the
lifespan of the floor. If it is important for you to maintain
a new and unblemished appearance, then you should consider a
hardwood with a higher
Yes, hardwood flooring can be successfully installed over
a radiant heating system. However, narrow planks with a 4" maximum
width is recommended. Rift sawn or
Quarter sawn if the preferred
choice because of its superior dimensional stability. Hickory
and other dense hardwoods are not recommended unless installed
over a plywood underlayment between the radiant heating system
and the finished floor.
our detailed installation directions.
It is imperative that the subfloor be thoroughly dry prior
to flooring installation. The use of a moisture meter will confirm
the subfloor moisture content (mc). Our flooring is kiln dried
to 8% mc. If the subfloor has a greater mc, the flooring will
absorb the excess and present installation and performance issues
and effectively void our quality guarantee. You can facilitate
acclimation of the subfloor by running the heating system for
1 to 2 weeks prior to installation. As with any hardwood
installation, floor performance will be dependent on the severity
of fluctuations in relative humidity in the home throughout
Are there any
special procedures in installing and finishing exotic flooring?
Exotic species tend to be much harder than domestic species
and contain a higher resin and extractive content. Due to this
hardness, we highly recommend the use of a Porta-Nailer brand
or equivalent n pneumatic flooring nailer with a barbed nail
to easily penetrate the tongue and properly seat the nail.
During finishing, it is recommended that an oil based sealer
or primary coat of polyurethane be applied immediately after
sanding and vacuuming the unfinished floor. Applying the sealer
will “lock in” the resins and extractives found in exotic species
and prevent their interference with application of the floor
I was told that
wide plank flooring will cup, split and buckle.
Wide plank flooring has been in service throughout this country
for hundreds of years. The key to its performance is the amount
of change in relative humidity throughout the year at the installation
Wood flooring, being a hydroscopic material, will swell with
increases in relative humidity levels and shrink with decreases
in relative humidity levels in the home. The use of air conditioning
or dehumidifiers in the summer and humidifiers in the heating
months will greatly enhance the performance of wide plank flooring.
If your installation site experiences moderate humidity fluctuations
throughout the year, consider face nailing the ends to provide
additional protection from possible movement or seasonal plank
distortion. Decorative cut nails
or screws with wooden plugs in either the same or contrasting
wood offer an historic feel that will add to the authentic character
of your wide plank flooring.
How much will it cost to ship my order?
How can I
protect the finish of my solid hardwood flooring?
What can cause to most damage to your hardwood flooring? High
heel shoes which concentrate weight to a small point or other shoes
which may have small rocks or dirt embedded in the tread can scratch
the finish and leave indention marks. Rolling or sliding furniture
and appliances over your floor can scratch the finish and leave indention
marks even in the hardest woods. Dogs as well are capable of scratching
the finish and leaving indented claw marks. Heavy or blunt objects dropped on
the floor are another source for scratches and indentations.
In realistic, less than perfect conditions, virtually all wood floors
exhibit some of these marks but overall still remain quite
beautiful. This usually superficial damage does not affect the
structural integrity of the wood and in most cases can be easily
remedied the next time you sand and refinish your floor. Some
real wood floors however are seldom refinished so to preserve
their naturally worn character.
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locating an item on this website. Can you help me?
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