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Milling Your Hardwood Floor: Up to 12 feet long and 8 inches wide

The process of milling your floor starts with the carefully hand selection of seasoned kiln dried woods. We will carefully pick lumber with suitable grain, color and grade to best match the vision you have, of the floor for your home.

Once this is done we will mill the wood using precision machinery, that will not only give you an accurate smooth top surface, that truly needs little or no sanding;
 
but industry recommended relief grooves on the bottom to help your floor stay flat. Our standard floors are tongue and grooved on the sides and ends as well. This allows for accurate, easy, and fast installation without the need for extra time consuming on-site cutting. The tongue and grooves are milled with enough tolerance, so that they go together easily, and do not require the need for aggressive forceful persuasion (a big hammer!).

For those who prefer, we also offer other milling options such as ship lap, square sides, and beveled edges. These options generally cost the same, or sometimes a little less. Talk to a representative for more information on these options.

Our slow speed milling process uses the latest insert tooling to give a precise, chatter free surface to every board. This together with constant monitoring and handling of each plank means every floor reaches its destination ready for installation. We are often told by flooring contractors that our milling is the finest they have ever worked with. Obviously making a floor easy to install is important as many homeowners attempt the job themselves.

 

CHOOSE YOUR FLOOR

EASTERN WHITE PINE
 
Not a very hard wood, but a wood that makes a very attractive floor. Knotty pine, as it is commonly known, is cool in the summer, yet your feet will enjoy how warm it feels on a cold winter's morning. Available in nice wide widths, it makes you think of those distressed antique floors of the early part of the century. New England pine stains very well so whether you want it light and bright or with a darker, or a pumpkin hue this wood is a great choice at a truly amazing price.
 
Hardness: 1.0 Stability: Average
 
 
 SOUTHERN YELLOW PINE
 
Southern Yellow Pine is harder & more durable than white pine, as its name suggests Southern Yellow has a more yellow color and is available with or without knots. With its distinctive straight grain and pale light giving color it gives a fresh open feel to any room. Easy to stain, it can again be made to look like a mature floor in no time and yet is still relatively inexpensive.
 
Hardness: 2.9 Stability: Average
 
 
 RED OAK
 
Probably the most popular wood used for flooring, it has a deeply defined grain, which is instantly recognizable. Red Oak will take stain well and is a hard-wearing floor. Pale yellowish brown with a pinkish hue, Red Oak is always a good choice.
 
Hardness: 5.5 Stability: Average
 
 
 NORTHERN OAK
 
Basically the same characteristics as regular Red Oak, Northern Oak is a red oak that grows in colder climates. It grows more slowly and is generally more dense. Therefore it is a little harder, which is never a bad thing with house full of children! The other main difference is its delightful even wheat yellow color. 
 
Hardness: 5.7 Stability: Average
 
 
 WHITE OAK
 
Well White Oak is really brown to yellowish brown - not at all white as its name suggests. Slightly harder, more durable and stable than Red Oak it is truly a sturdy, rich looking floor which will add a touch of class and stability to any home. Perhaps the finest wood for staining, White Oak will enable you to blend the color to suit your décor. A little less common than red, white oak is a floor that can be made to look as if it’s been in your home for years with very little work. 
 
Hardness: 5.8 Stability: Average
 
 
 TIGER OAK
 
What is Tiger Oak? A Red Oak tree that is grown in areas where there are mineral deposits in the soil. The tree absorbs the minerals as it grows and so creates a dark fleck or stripe in the grain pattern. Generally a rich reddish brown in color, the effect can be truly stunning. Some 20% harder than Red Oak, it is a beautiful and practical floor. Sadly it is often hard for us to find, and when available the price can reflects its rarity.
 
Hardness: 5.7 Stability: Average
 
 
 SASSAFRAS
 
Another well kept secret, but maybe not for long! Sassafras is sometimes called ‘poor mans Chestnut’ and is a particularly stable wood, although not the as hard as some hardwoods. It is ideal for areas close to the shore, lakes and rivers where humidity can be a problem. It has a grain pattern close to that of oak with a very pleasing chestnut brown to wheat brown color. A rich character-filled floor.
 
Hardness: 4.0 Stability: Very Good 
 
 
 WHITE ASH
 
Almost white with just a hint of yellow and beige - and with a deeply defined grain - Ash is a beautiful and under-used flooring wood. Because of its hardness and light color, Ash is a very difficult wood to stain. However, its natural color for those who are looking for a light floor is simply gorgeous. Most of our Ash comes from around the Canadian border, so it’s slow grown in a cooler climate, which makes it harder and more durable than oak. Why else would they make baseball bats out of it? 
 
Hardness: 5.9 Stability: Good 
 
 
 HARD WHITE MAPLE
 
Maple is a heavy, dense wood which has a very fine texture. It has the ability to promote light in even the darkest room and is a great choice for a kitchen, or perhaps a contemporary home. Be warned however, Maple is among the least stable of flooring woods and is extremely difficult to stain, so you have to like the color.
 
Hardness: 6.7 Stability: Poor
 
 
 SPOOKY MAPLE
 
Great name! Incredible look! Spooky maple is indeed a different kind of look for a hardwood floor; the stripes in the floor were created by little worms which made their home in the tree before it was cut down. Don’t worry they aren’t there any more, but the work they did will give you a casual floor that will have every visitor talking.
 
Hardness: 5.0 Stability: Average
 
 
 AMERICAN CHERRY
 
Probably one of the most beautiful wood there is, American Cherry has a grain pattern that is almost three-dimensional and is really quite stunning. Don’t forget the color - ranging from a pinkish-brown through to a deep red - cherry is truly a wood of outstanding warmth and beauty. Though it is one of the more stable hardwoods, cherry is isn’t the hardest, so be warned. It takes a stain well and finishes extremely well. Alas! Without knots there is a hefty price tag.
 
Hardness: 4.2 Stability: Good
 
 
 HICKORY 
 
If you are looking for a really hard wood, look no further than Hickory. The hardest of the domestic flooring woods, harder even than oaks, Hickory is an extremely durable floor that is also very pretty to look at. It is basically a light colored wood that has dark and light streaks running through it, so don’t expect it to be all one color. Actually the color variance is what gives Hickory its unique look. Not a wood that takes stain very well, but why stain it? For a farmhouse or cabin look Hickory is a must see.
 
Hardness: 7.8 Stability: Average
 
 
 HONDURAS MAHOGANY
 
It’s durable, very stable, stains well and finishes like a dream. But most of all its just plain beautiful. There really is nothing like the color of true Mahogany. Generally a reddish light brown with a hint of yellow, it gives a very rich look to any home. As Mahogany is an imported wood and very much in demand, it is one of the more expensive choices for a hardwood floor. Again, not particularly hard it may show wear more than most.
 
Hardness: 4.0 Stability: Very Good 
 
 
 SANTOS MAHOGANY
 
Possibly the finest flooring wood available on the market today. It is without doubt one of the hardest woods used for hardwood flooring. It’s certainly one of the most stable. It is very even colored, stains well and finishes well. It’s rich red brown with yellow highlights are absolutely stunning to look at, and although not the cheapest flooring material it is by no means the most expensive. Put simply, a truly great hardwood floor.
 
Hardness: 9.5 Stability: Very Good 
 
 
 BRAZILIAN CHERRY
 
One of more popular exotic woods being used for wood flooring. Reddish brown with some yellow, Brazilian cherry is a color variant wood. So expect a lot of different colors in your floor. The variation however is what makes it a very pretty floor when clear finished. Brazilian cherry is also a very, very hard wood, unfortunately it isn’t the most stable wood, so more attention must be paid to acclimation or you must expect more than average seasonal board separation.
 
Hardness: 10.0 Stability: Average/Poor
 
 
 PURPLEHEART
 
Purpleheart, and yes it is purple! The color really has to be seen to be believed, certainly not to everyone’s taste but if you are looking for a very hard wood floor with a difference then this could be it. Purpleheart will move with the seasons but finishes well and will catch the eyes of every visitor to your home. 
 
Hardness: 7.9 Stability: Average
 
 
 AFRICAN PADAUK
 
Another spectacular colored wood, this time from Africa. Padauk is orange red with a lovely flowing grain. Padauk is harder than oak, relatively stable and finishes very well. This stunning wood is again for the person looking for a dramatic floor that makes a statement. 
 
Hardness: 7.3 Stability: Good
 
 
 OLD GROWTH W. OAK
 
For those looking for an older looking rustic floor, this old growth rustic white oak could be the one for you. Milled in a 7 inch board width, with a beveled edge to exaggerate the plank look, it is made from a grade of oak that contains knots and other growing marks. This is more typical of the floors you would see in turn of the century country homes.
 
Hardness: 5.8 Stability: Average
 
 
 COTTAGE CHERRY
 
Picked for color and the beauty of growing marks and knots, Cottage Cherry is a gorgeous floor made in bevel edged planks in 4 - 8 inch widths. The rich red-brown, fine textured wood resembles the look of floors from 18th century rural France.
 
Hardness: 4.2 Stability: Good
 
 
 QUARTER SAWN
 
Many woods are available Quarter Sawn, like Oak, Ash, Cherry and more. The logs are cut in a totally different way, parallel to the rays radiating like the spokes of a wheel from the center of the tree. The grain pattern achieved is very attractive and when used to make flooring it can all but remove the problem of board shrinkage and expansion. The only draw back is that this method is much more wasteful, therefore more expensive.
 
Hardness: Various Stability: Very Good
 
 
 RUSTICS
 
The Rustic versions of these woods simply contain knots, open knots, checks, cracks, and natural growing marks. All other characteristics are identical. For some this is exactly what they are looking for, the so-called blemishes are as nature intended and only serve to enhance the style of the floor. The prices are also very attractive. Rustics can produce a floor of unique quality and unrivaled character, and for some the rougher the better.
 
 NATURALS & COUNTRY CUTS
 
Naturals, like rustics, are a character grade containing the same kind of blemishes. The only difference is these cuts will just have less of these natural growing marks. Natural Ash for example has no knots like Rustic Ash, but will contain a higher degree of color variation than White Ash. For many people this grade is more attractive than a clear grade, but of course the price is generally that much less. For specific information on these grades please check with a sales person.
 
 CARIBBEAN HEART PINE
 
Caribbean Heart Pine is made from a pitch pine found in Central America. This wood, which grows in vast quantities in countries like Honduras, is a perfect wood for flooring. The high sap content makes this wood very hard for a pine, only 4% softer than red oak. As we pick only the heart or middle of the tree for our floors, this is one pine that is not only beautiful but very practical as well. We select the boards for a consistent knot count and because of the natural size of the tree we are able to offer this wood in widths up to 8.1/2”.
 
Hardness: 5.2 Stability: Average
 
 
 BRAZILIAN TEAK (CUMARU)
 
Another South American wood which is very hard, Brazilian Teak is almost 3 times as hard as oak. This wood bears an uncanny resemblance to that of ‘true’ or Burmese Teak at a fraction of the cost. A rich reddish brown with highlights of gold, this very fine grained wood is a real up and comer in the flooring world.
 
Hardness: 10.0 Stability: Average
 
 
 AFRICAN ROSEWOOD (BUBINGA)
 
African Rosewood is a very uniform wood in color and graining. A pinkish rose color when freshly milled, Bubinga as it is otherwise known, turns to a rich burgundy when fully aged. Known for its tight ribbon grain, it also exhibits a flame figuring, which truly turns this flooring into a piece of furniture.
 
Hardness: 8.5 Stability: Average
 
 
 BRAZILIAN WALNUT (IPE)
 
Brazilian Walnut is also known as Ipe or Ironwood. Often used for exterior decking because of its hardness and resilience to moisture, Brazilian Walnut makes an incredibly durable wood floor. Brazilian Walnut is about as hard as wood gets, so it really will take pretty much all you can throw at it. When first milled it tends to have many colors, from mid brown to yellow and even a hint of green. All of these quickly mute down, and after time will reach a rich mid brown.
 
Hardness: 10.0 Stability: Average/Poor
 
 
 SAPELE
 
Coming from Africa, Sapele is growing in popularity as an elegant alternative to True Mahogany. Considerably harder than Mahogany with a fine interlocking grain and rich mid brown color with a hint of red, Sapele is an ideal choice for a more formal setting. Also available in a distinctive Ribbon grain cut, Sapele will perform well over radiant heat installations.
 
Hardness: 7.0 Stability: Very Good 
 
 
 WENGE
 
Wenge is a Wow wood. It really has to be seen to be believed. Very dark brown to almost black when finished, and with an animal print grain, Wenge is truly one of nature's wonders. It is hard and stable and it finishes very well. So what, may you ask, is the problem? Sadly this wood is very expensive, so maybe it’s better if you don’t fall in love with it.
 
Hardness: 7.3 Stability: Very Good 
 
 
 BLOODWOOD 
 
As the name suggests Bloodwood is deep rich blood red color with a subtle grain pattern. This vibrant wood is another of natures gems, it is very hard and durable with solid stability characteristics. With such a vivid color, a bloodwood floor is a bold statement that will define any house.
 
Hardness: 8.5 Stability: Good 
 
 
 TIGERWOOD (Goncalo Alves)
 
This boldly striped wood is an orange/red brown with both wide and fine dark stripes. Time will see the lighter orange tones turn a darker red brown which will in turn make the striping more subtle. At about 80% harder than red oak this stunning wood is becoming more popular as a practical yet beautiful choice.
 
Hardness: 9.5 Stability: Good 
 
 
 TIETE ROSEWOOD
 
Tiete Rosewood is a pale pinkish red color with hints of dark reds and purplish vein like streaks. Very hard with a muted yet elegant grain pattern, this wood will exhibit a subtle degree of color change over time, darkening to a slight more reddish hue.
 
Hardness: 10.0 Stability: Average
 

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