Starting March 18th, 2019, Mirage Floors is offering a $0.50/sqft rebate per square foot on all hardwood flooring purchases. This sale includes all species, colors, and widths of Mirage Classic, Mirage Engineered, and Mirage Lock products.
The rebate sale runs through May 11th, but our installation calendar is already filling up with customers who want fresh new floors for the spring. Get started on your project now for fresh new floors for spring.
Last month in Marlton, our job supervisor Anthony and his crew installed this Bruce Dundee 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ Dundee Oak Strip “Cherry” CB218 with a custom Bruce Dundee 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ Dundee Oak Strip “Natural” CB210 border.
They also installed Bruce 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ Dundee Oak Strip “Butterscotch” CB216 in the upper hall with complementary custom stair treads.
A customer in Vincentown, NJ, contacted us when she purchased a 19th century farmhouse. She wanted to have hardwood flooring installed in her living room that would complement the original flooring in her historic home. We installed this custom multi-width southern yellow pine flooring, which we then stained and finished along with the existing oak and pine flooring.
Face-nailed flooring is particularly difficult to finish, since each nail needs to be individually plugged. That’s why we use only high-skilled installers and refinishers to complete our customers’ projects.
Now that the weather is finally starting to feel like spring, we can start going outside and enjoying the outdoors. It reminds us of the importance of protecting nature. Many of our customers have questions about how their flooring affects the environment. Here are three common misconceptions we hear about how wood flooring affects the environment:
1. Hardwood flooring is bad for trees.
Humans have certainly had a negative impact on forests over time. But in recent history, we’ve been doing a much better job at taking care of trees. In the 19th century, many North American forests were heavily depleted, partly by irresponsible logging. At the start of the 20th century, forest conservation policies came to the forefront. US forestland stopped decreasing in 1920 after two centuries of decline. Since the 1940s, forest growth has been exceeding harvest, so we’re actually growing more trees than we are cutting down. Most lumber comes from US and Canadian forests, and both countries comprehensive forestry management policies. Much of the production has switched from harvesting public lands to privately owned and managed forests. These companies have an interest in growing at least as many trees as they cut–it’s how they can continue their business. US forests have more trees now than they’ve had in 100 years, and responsible forestry will help continue that trend.
2. Floors must be certified to be environmentally friendly.
Several different organizations certify flooring on the environmental impact of flooring production or how the flooring effects indoor air quality.
FloorScore and GREENGUARD are independent organizations that certify products by measures the emission level of specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The most common certification to measure VOCs is the California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification. CARB-compliant materials meet tight limites for formaldehyde emissions. Flooring must meet the CARB requirements to be sold in California, so most flooring sold in the US meets these requirements. FloorScore, GREENGUARD, and CARB certificiations do not measure the environmental impact of flooring production.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an international organization that sets criteria for environmental, economic, and social standards. They accredit other groups as certification bodies. There are many different kinds of certification for different parts of production and distribution of products. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, uses a combination of criteria for both environmentally responsible production and air quality control. Many levels of LEED certification are available.
There is no one certification that tells you everything you need to know about a manufacturer’s environmental practices. When purchasing flooring, research the manufacturer’s commitment to sustainability and how they implement that in their production process.
3. Bamboo flooring is more environmentally friendly than other wood floors.
Bamboo is advertised as a “green” floor because bamboo plants grows very quickly, while traditional wood flooring species like oak take longer to mature. However, tree growth is just one step of the process. Bamboo is more like a grass than a tree, so it can’t be made into flooring like a traditional hardwood. It is cut into strips and glued together with formaldehyde-based glue, or made into a pulpy mixture with the glue and formed into planks. This also makes bamboo flooring almost impossible to sand and refinish, so once the finish wears, the grass-and-glue mixture will end up in a landfill. Traditional hardwood floors can be refinished to last for centuries.
Starting April 16th, 2018, Mirage Floors is offering a rebate per square foot on all hardwood flooring purchases. This sale includes all species, colors, and widths of Mirage Classic, Mirage Engineered, and Mirage Lock products.
The rebate is $0.50/sqft, but you could win a $1.00/sqft rebate by playing Mirage’s online game. Stop by our store to play and win.
The rebate sale runs through June 9th, but our installation calendar is already filling up with customers who want fresh new floors for the spring.
Our job supervisor Anthony and his crew installed this custom parquet style flooring using 3/4″ x 4″ rift sawn white oak with an American walnut border. This customer has a three story foyer, so this custom flooring created a dramatic entrance to their center hall colonial-style home.
The flooring was installed unfinished and site-finished by our refinishing crew.
Check out this slideshow to the progress of the installation and finishing.
Last week, our job supervisor Anthony and his crew replaced this carpet insert with Bruce Dundee 3 1/4″ solid oak “gunstock” flooring installed diagonally with a dark Bruce Dundee 3 1/4″ solid oak “mocha” border.
Thank you to our customer, Cindy Perr, for these great photos “Before and After” photos. Here are some more photos of the finished product.