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HomerWood collections recall an age of fine quality & expert craftsmanship. They hand select each plank from sustainable, center-cut lumber to reveal the character & beauty created by nature. From these planks they handcraft & custom design exceptional hardwood floors for those who seek style, elegance, & individuality.

Their collections range from classic to contemporary designs offering a range of beautiful species, colors, styles, textures & surface treatments to suit any personality or lifestyle. Made in America, from American hands & hearts to your home.

Our newest collections from HomerWood are:  Weathered Oaks, Kerfkut Hickory Wood, & SoHo Hard Maple

Weathered Oaks were created to represent the colors that exposure to the elements bring to the mighty oak. Subtle color changes from plank to plank, and within each plank give Weathered Oaks a timeless aged appearance.

Weathered Oaks were created to represent the colors that exposure to the elements bring to the mighty oak. Subtle color changes from plank to plank, & within each plank, give Weathered Oaks a timeless aged appearance.

 

Kerfkut Flooring recreates the look of classic floors that were constructed with rough cut planks. The hit and miss saw blade cuts left on the surface compliment the vintage nature of the Character style Hickory planks.

Kerfkut Flooring recreates the look of classic floors that were constructed with rough cut planks. The hit and miss saw blade cuts left on the surface compliment the vintage nature of the Character-style Hickory planks.

SoHo Maple Floors are inspired by the iconic NYC neighborhood, and pay homage to its artistic community. The natural variation of Hard Maple’s heartwood and sapwood is given an artistic treatment. This wonderful visual compliments a wide range of décor choices.

SoHo Maple Floors are inspired by the iconic NYC neighborhood, & pay homage to its artistic community. The natural variation of Hard Maple’s heartwood & sapwood is given an artistic treatment. This wonderful visual compliments a wide range of décor choices.

 

Please visit our showroom in San Rafael to see samples.

 

 

 

 

 

The angle at which a board of solid hardwood is cut, or how the veneer for engineered flooring is cut, effects how the finished product looks, performs, and how much it costs.  Knowing your options will help you to make the most informed decision for your home.

Diagram 2: Wood cuts

Diagram 2: Wood cuts

Solid Hardwood Flooring

Solid wood flooring is either plainsawn, quartersawn or riftsawn.

* Plainsawn is the most common cut. The board contains more variation than the other two cuts because grain patterns resulting from the growth rings are more obvious.

* Quartersawn: Quartersawing produces less board feet per log than plainsawing and is therefore more expensive. Quartersawn wood twists and cups less and wears more evenly.

* Riftsawn is similar to quartersawing, but the cut is made at a slightly different angle.

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Engineered Floors

There are also three different ways of cutting the real hardwood top layer for engineered floors:

* Dry solid-sawn: involves letting the wood dry out slowly with a low humidity level to keep moisture from inside the wood cells intact, reducing the risk of cupping. It is the most expensive type of engineered flooring, but looks and acts more like a solid. With a dry solid-sawn process, the natural color variations, consistency and beautiful grain of the species are maintained, and the floor can be re-sanded if necessary.

* Rotary-peel: involves boiling the log for a certain amount of time at a certain temperature to prepare the wood. After the wood has been prepared, it is scraped from the log with a blade working from the outside in and then pressed flat. It typically has a plywood-like grain and can have issues with cupping and warping to try to revert to its original shape. Rotary cut surfaces can also be too thin for re-sanding.

* Sliced-peel: involves boiling the log for a certain amount of time at a certain temperature to prepare the wood. After the wood has been prepared, it is sliced from the end and then pressed to create a veneer.

Rotary-peeling and slice peeling produce a less expensive product, and the soaking process of rotary and sliced-peel methods can yellow the wood’s original color.  Also the wood’s exposure to added moisture can cause issues such as face-checking (small splits, or openings running parallel to the grain of the wood.)  That said, these methods are appropriate for producing products at lower price points and can be finished to a beautiful effect.  Reputable manufacturers will guarantee their products against defects if installed properly by a licensed installer–always be sure to check the floor’s warranty and choose a licensed and insured installer.

Courtesy of Lauzon Ltd.

Courtesy of Lauzon Ltd.

For more information or assistance with selecting a hardwood floor please call Dermot at Tamalpais Hardwood Floors (866)-987-8686.

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