Family-friendly Flooring

Crawling, playing, reading books, these are some of the things that our homeowners were taking into account when they purchased this gorgeous Rift Red Oak Flooring for their son’s nursery. Red Oak is such a family-friendly flooring.

The flooring in this nursery was chosen for several reasons.

The number one reason they chose wood flooring is for health reasons. Natural, organic wood! They know a special little someone will be crawling, playing, growing (so fast) on this floor! They want the reassurance of knowing he will be safe. (So many other flooring options have off-gassing.)

The homeowners also wanted red oak to match existing hardwood floors in the house so it would have a cohesive look. Because they were installing radiant heat, they needed a stable wood that would be less likely to cup or warp.  One of the benefits of quarter and rift sawn wood, besides the grain pattern, is its extreme dimensional stability. Which makes it ideal for demanding installations, such as over radiant heat.

They did the installation themselves and were pleasantly surprised at how smoothly it went compared to their last DIY flooring install. They commented on the pleasure of having the boards fit together so nicely… that the boards were very easy to work with and the width was just what they wanted. This couple are DIYers! They installed the floor and finished with a VOC free oil. They did a fabulous job with the whitewash finish.

Oak is a hardworking wood. It is naturally durable and able to withstand wear-and-tear.

 Red Oak Hardwood Flooring is casual, comfortable and has a hardworking reputation. It is a reliable classic.  It is a striking choice for modern, rustic, and traditional spaces. No need to fuss and fear with these floors as they are naturally durable to withstand wear-and-tear. 

Red Oak is very easy to work with and takes stain nicely allowing Excelsior to custom finish this family-friendly flooring for your family to live and play on.

Looking for quality hardwood flooring?

Let us help you get your project started!

Kitchen with Pink Panache

Here’s a little inspiration for you.

This kitchen is such a delightful, happy place!

Pink refrigerator! Mushroom-wood hood painted to match! Pine Floors painted in high gloss white paint… add bohemian rugs and viola… a serene happy place to do yoga or have a tea party with panache!

Want something unique?

We do custom wood projects all the time. Reach out today and tell us about your project!

New Home REclaimed

The wooded setting inspired this log home build. Even though this was a new build kit home, it has such character and the attention to detail is seen in every corner.

We had the honor of working with these customers on many fronts.

We built the bathroom sliding barn door from reclaimed material.

Reclaimed wood was turned into a table with the same vibe as the house.

We custom made the desktop from a decomposing live-edge Slab.

(You can read more about that HERE.)

The homeowners spent much time and attention on choosing just the right boards for each of the custom-built cabinets and closets.

They handpicked all of the reclaimed wood for their unique furniture projects in our Grab & Go, and collaborated with a local artisan/craftsman who did a stellar job building the custom closets, tv cabinet, and bar. As you can see these pieces are a work of art!

We milled the flooring that runs throughout the house from reclaimed oak, leaving much of the original patina, saw marks, and interesting nail holes showing signs of history. The result is stunning.

Our coating department ran thousands of linear feet of paneling through our machines and allowed them to dry on our drying racks. This was such a time and money saver for the homeowners.

Look at all of the interior paneling inside this log home!

Imagine having that coated on-site… Now imagine the carpenter finishing the install and stepping back relieved that it’s done! One step DONE.

We clear coated the interior paneling and the paneling used under the eaves on the exterior as well.

We just love this log home and how all of the wood elements combine to create such a warm and inviting space.

The results are such an inspiration!

Are you looking for quality wood products?

We would love to help!

Hap-PINE-ss

Why are we pining for pine? (Sorry for the pun, it’s involuntary). Let’s have a look.

VERSATILE

We can play with color, texture, width, and profile (t&g vs. nickel gap shiplap for example).

Pine can be milled into wall paneling, ceiling cladding, siding, furniture, and flooring.  Check out this flooring. The circle-sawn texture, wide planks, and deep brown stain create a rustic, reclaimed appearance.

circle sawn pine flooring

We can mill pine into smooth shiplap, apply primer and white paint… Voila! Shiplap `ala Mrs. JoAnna Gaines.

How about a look inspired by sun-weathered barn siding?

ECONOMICAL

We don’t want to say it’s cheap because that implies it’s of lesser quality. That’s definitely NOT the case. So, it’s not cheap… it’s a bargain! High value, low cost.

SUSTAINABLE

What’s greener than a pine tree? Our pine is selectively harvested in the Adirondack Region of New York State, close to home. It’s just one ingredient: Wood! So, it takes fewer processes and less energy to make than those composite products.

Beautiful and available in wide widths. Just look…

QUALITY

Our Adirondack Eastern White Pine is of excellent quality and milled with precision. I’ts kiln-dried to 6-8%. This is important because it helps to reduce issues like knot bleed and gapping. Most pine found at local lumberyards has about twice the moisture content.

We love this stuff. (It’s not that creepy, dark, outdated pine paneling from my childhood bedroom.) This is a new, beautiful, versatile, economical take on a great wood species.

We hope you’ll give us a call so we can spread some haPINEss to you. We’d love to help bring forth your unique vision!

Flooring 101: How to Make Your Flooring Fit Your Climate

Living in the New York and New England regions comes with the benefit of experiencing a four-season climate. Though undoubtedly beautiful, changing seasons can be accompanied by challenges. Knowing the weather is volatile, most residents of these areas are experts in preparing for the unexpected elements. But how many people consider the change of season when in the market for buying wood floors?

As a manufacturer of flooring for over 15 years, Excelsior knows the benefit of an educated customer. In finding an alarming number of homeowners unaware they should consider climate when designing their flooring, we have outlined some significant reasons as to why they should start. Combining our knowledge of wood, with the professional recommendations of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), here are some important variables to keep in mind when purchasing flooring in a seasonal climate region.

 

Wood is a ‘Living Product’

This statement may sound a bit creepy, but in all honesty very true! Wood is a natural material with hygroscopic properties, meaning: a substance that absorbs and retains moisture directly from its environment. Unlike human-made materials, wood flooring derives from a living organism that preserves these organic properties, even after being cut down.

After manufacturing into flooring, wood continues to absorb moisture from its new environment causing the ‘expanding and contracting’ phenomena we often hear. When humidity levels are high, wood absorbs the excess moisture in the air expanding as a result. The opposite occurs when the air is dry, causing the wood to contract with a lack of moisture to consume.

Preventing wood from absorbing moisture is little too impossible. But by using techniques to limit or stabilize the moisture level in your environment, your home environment can be prepared to accommodate the natural variability of a wood floor.

Established Internal Climate

Knowing the climate conditions you expect your flooring to survive in is essential upon finding the ideal wood product. Moisture levels in your home will vary based on both internal and external elements. Methods used to heat, cool, and insulate your home, as well as the nature of the room you wish to install the flooring (ex: kitchens vs. bedrooms), can all contribute to a rise and fall of moisture.

It is always wise to be aware of the climate-controlling systems used in your home, as they will directly impact your wood floors’ success in acclimating to its conditions. The functionality of these systems is equally important in establishing a pattern of your home’s seasonal climate. The National Wood Flooring Association (2007) suggests:

“If heating and/or air-conditioning is in operating condition, it needs to be operating. If it is not possible for the permanent heating and/or air-conditioning system to be operating before, during and after installation, a temporary heating and /or dehumidification system that mimics normal temperature and humidity conditions can enable the installation to proceed until the permeant heating and/or air-conditioning system is operating,” (Section I, p. 1).

If you are in the midst of new construction and not sure what systems you will be using, waiting till these systems are active before finalizing an internal climate is the best practice, but not always practical. Using devices such as dehumidifiers, portable heating/cooling systems, and moisture meters to measure progress, the National Wood Flooring Association (2007) highlights a variety of tips of the trade to keep your project schedule flowing (Section I, p. 1-7).

Quality Grade Materials

You hear time and again, ‘quality over quantity’; we are not going to suggest anything less. A growing number of homeowners are opting for bargain wood flooring from warehouse sales and box stores. With the promise of high quality at a low cost, these materials tend to fit smoothly into a tight renovation budget. But not all wood flooring is created equally or manufactured with the same care.

Often, the low-cost floors are made of sub-quality materials, sometimes of unknown composition or undesired grades of common species. Though these products are classified as solid wood, their performance does not compare to legitimate solid wood products. Some pre-finished options have even recently been reported to contain harmful chemicals, resulting in an uproar of possible health concerns from installing cheap flooring.

Excelsior only mills solid wood flooring of quality grades from reputable suppliers. We customize flooring to your particular space, keeping in mind your budget, lifestyle need, and aesthetic design. Our products are manufactured using materials and coatings safe for your home, with specific maintenance instructions provided to extend the life of your flooring. Excelsior has an open door policy allowing for customers to reach out with any ongoing questions they might have on their orders; benefits not comparable to just a bargain price.

Flooring Acclimation

In our industry, the majority of customers have time-sensitive projects. When on a strict schedule, some are tempted to consider the acclimation process as more of an option rather than a necessity. However, those who skip this step pose the risk of unintended defects in the flooring due to increased movement after installation.

Acclimation is the process by which the wood becomes accustomed to a new environment. By allowing your material time to adjust to the moisture level of your space, individual pieces will expand and contract prior to installation to decrease the chance of gaps and cracks.

The National Wood Flooring Association (2007) suggests always follow specific manufacturers’ recommendations for acclimating your wood flooring to your environment, as every species and style will behave differently when exposed to moisture. Standard practices for multiple wood floorings include (Section I, p. 5-6):

  • Installing flooring last in a home improvement project.
  • Establishing the internal climate of your home.
  • Operating heating/cooling systems five days prior to installation.
  • Checking material upon delivery for moisture level with a meter.
  • Comparing the moisture level with the subflooring.

Acclimating your wood flooring may sound quite technical, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Using recommendations from the NWFA, communicate with your subcontractors on what information is still needed to make sure the acclimation process is successful. If you need to reach out for specific details on your flooring, Excelsior product specialists would be happy to help! Discussing the procedures for acclimation with your subcontractor will help to ease your mind prior to the grand finale; installation day.

Proper Installation

Perhaps the climax of any project is the excitement of seeing newly installed flooring in your home. However, nightmare installations do occur, and most of the times they can be prevented. If you have taken all of the above suggestions into consideration (climate, quality wood, acclimation) you have most of your bases covered, but not all!

Prior to the actual date you wish to install your flooring, it’s important to establish a step-by-step installation plan. If you are subcontracting the service out, finding the best installation assistance for the job is the first step in ensuring your material is properly installed. Requesting referrals from trustworthy sources, or using online search engines geared towards marketing well-known vendors, is a valid place to begin your hunt for the best subcontractor for your project.

Knowledge of your product and popular install methods for your material can also be essential tools in ensuring a smooth installation process. The National Wood Flooring Association (2007) dives deep into installation practices specific to various styles of flooring: parquet, engineered, solid strip and plank, and installations over existing flooring (Section III, p. 1-15). All floors are different, as every home is unique. A quick scan of general suggestions or just any friend’s advice will not do the job for gaining the proper knowledge of your product. Always do your research and refer to the professionals suited for your specific project when planning for install of any wood flooring.

Knowledge Over Chance

If there are variables you or your subcontractor are unsure of during any step of the flooring process, wait. Don’t take a chance on a product that may not be suitable for your environment. The last characteristic you want to see on your new flooring is unintended cracking and large gaps resulting from a rush decision.

Sometimes our wish for an authentic ‘wood look’ can be greater than our will to accept that our climate may not accommodate the material. For instance, houses built over running water may never have the ability to control moisture enough for a wood floor to set properly. The key to any successful flooring purchase is communication with the right professionals and complete transparency about the climate of your home.

At Excelsior, our service is as organic as our materials; we care about how our products affect our customers. In a fast-paced industry, knowledge and patience are still fundamentals in our business. Nature is unpredictable, climates vary, but with a little time, Excelsior will guide you through the variables you can control to create a final product you will love.

Get a quote on flooring today!


References:

National Wood Flooring Association. (2007). Installation Guidelines. Section 1: General

Guidelines. Retrieved from NWFA-Installation-Guidelines.pdf

SAUGERTIES MOUNTAIN HOME

This Saugerties home tucked in the mountains. So many of our favorites materials come together in this eclectic house, with our customer’s beautiful decor accenting each piece. From walnut flooring and staircases to reclaimed oak barn doors and cabinets, we had a blast photographing each room.

The reclaimed water tower cedar ceilings were stunning, while the white washed version on the first floor ceilings and balcony created great texture. Live edge slabs on bars, tables, and walls are scattered throughout the rooms. Rift and quartered white oak mouldings border every room, window, and door! Dead standing maple paneling creates a modern feel in the kitchen and entryway to showcase our customer’s art collection. You have to take a look.

HEARTPINE FARMHOUSE

Reclaimed heart pine flooring and antique hand hewn beams were utilized to add character and old world charm to this beautiful home.

New Face Antique Heart Pine features subtle reclaimed characteristics perfect for more refined rustic designs. Find out more about our Antique Heart Pine here.

Add instant age, teture and character with our Hand-Hewn Beams!

BLEACHED RIFT WHITE OAK HOME

This impressive home features Select Grade Rift & Quatersawn White Oak with a VOC free coating and matching stair parts.

Rift and Quartersawn White Oak flooring is carefully milled to exhibit a clean look of long, straight grain patterns, occasional small knots, and beautiful flecking. Among the grades of oak, rift and quartered has become one of the most desired materials on the market.

Typically found in formal settings, this highly valued material is durable, stable, and takes a variety of coatings beautifully. Whether you favor a crisp white, a driftwood gray, or even a deep earthy brown, this white oak flooring will flow elegantly through your space.

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HUDSON VALLEY HOME

We visited one of our favorite clients and snapped some shots of their beautiful Hudson Valley home. It always makes our job easier when working with people that have such an eye for design.

 

Flooring

The flooring in this home is custom milled rift and quartered white oak. It suits this home perfectly. Rift and quartered oak is a highly valued material because of its durabilty, stability, and it’s ability to take a variety of coatings beautifully. The natural grain patterns are just stunning!

STAIR PARTS

Treads. Risers. Stringers. oh my!

This home is a gallery of art and the custom made with rift oak stairs stands on its own. You can really see the beautiful grain pattern in these close shots of the detailed craftsmanship. Although rift and quartered oak is most often used in formal settings you can see that it has a modern vibe paired with the metal rail system and vibrant colored pieces throughout this eclectic space.

We mill stair parts often and can match or complement your existing flooring.

You can choose new or reclaimed wood in the specie and grade of your choice; custom coating options and extra thick treads for open staircases, as well as standard sizes.

Not only is this a place to store wine, this wine cellar is lovely enough to pop a cork and do a little wine tasting.  The built in wine cellar shelving was custom made from Spanish Cedar.

Thanks for coming along our our visit!