Take A Look At Our Next Line: The Brick & Board Collection

Take A Look At Our Next Line: The Brick & Board Collection

In the next couple of months we’ll be officially revealing our newest offering of prefinished, engineered flooring: The Brick & Board Collection. But we couldn’t wait that long to give you a glimpse of it. We’re excited to bring this new collection to market as we think it’s going to be a really great addition to our existing lineup of high quality, design driven flooring.

The Brick & Board Collection consists of lightly brushed, 5′ wide planks with UV cured oil urethane finish. I’ll save the full description until the official release, so stay tuned for that! Until then, here’s a few photos to show you what’s on the way.

The Classic Wood Floor. Reinterpreted.

For generations, hardwood flooring has proven to be the standard for beautiful homes. The Brick & Board Collection features smooth faced planks that are gently brushed to reveal the authentic, natural wood grain. This reinterpretation of the classic wood floor will add enduring beauty to your home.

The Brick & Board Collection by Real Wood Floors

The Brick & Board Collection by Real Wood Floors

The Classic Wood Floor. Reinterpreted.

For generations, hardwood flooring has proven to be the standard for beautiful homes. The Brick & Board Collection features smooth faced planks that are gently brushed to reveal the authentic, natural wood grain. This reinterpretation of the classic wood floor will bring enduring beauty to your home.

Real Wood Floors is proud of our line of hardwood flooring, The Brick & Board Collection. 8 beautiful colors to choose from on Hickory and White Oak, all under a great looking Super Matte, easy-clean urethane finish. To show the natural beauty of real wood flooring we’ve gently brushed the 5” wide surface of the wood to reveal the authentic grain texture. Real wood grain; it’s often copied but never as good as the real thing.

We’ve crafted the Brick & Board Collection to the highest milling standards with a 2mm sliced hardwood veneer to make a ½” overall profile and offer lengths up to 6 foot which exceeds industry standards. A cross directional hardwood substrate provides the extremely stable multi-ply core foundation that allows for versatile installation options. Add to all of this a 50 year residential warranty backed by the proven and trusted name of Real Wood Floors and you have the right hardwood floor to last the lifetime of your home. View the collection brochure here.

The Brick & Board Collection sets the standard for the new classic wood floor. Visit our website to see why, and call us to learn more. We’d love to talk with you about our new collection.

Spring Cleaning For Us: Great Flooring Deals For You 

Spring Cleaning For Us: Great Flooring Deals For You 

It’s that time of year for spring cleaning. At Real Wood Floors we are a fan of springtime freshening up and that includes our warehouse inventory as we sadly say goodbye to some products we love.

If you haven’t learned already, Real Wood Floors is more than a vendor. We’re a flooring manufacturer, and as such we design, manufacture, inventory, and sell large amounts of product across the country. With such high volumes of production, we sometimes need to part ways with colors and collections to make way for the next great floors. This creates superb opportunities for customers to find amazing deals on select products.

It’s always bittersweet to say farewell, but it does provide an opportunity for those of you in the market for a new floor to get one at a great price. Right now, we are offering a good number of our premium flooring at discounted rates. These are defect-free products, with no expiration date; we simply have to make room for summer inventory in our warehouse.

Vintage Loft, Gallery, and so much more.

Our flagship line, Vintage Loft; the artistic Gallery line; our 1875 Collection; and various limited editions make up some of our current flooring in need of a new home.

Vintage Loft is our flagship line for good reason. We give a hat tip to this plank flooring reminiscent of the industrial buildings of the past, of downtown warehouses and factories.

Market Square has extra wide and extra long planks with wire brushed grain and band-saw marks, creating the look and feel of those old utility floors.

Gallery, a thick European white oak collection, textured with a refined light-wire brush, is epic with its high styling, and it appeals to many with its artisanal colors and stains. Each color is a work of art.

Louvre, from the Gallery Collection, is European Oak with brushed grain and variable lengths up to seven feet. Medium browns and a white-wash finish.

Philbrook, also from the Gallery Collection, is 3/4 inch-thick European Oak with brushed grain. A mix of darker browns and low-matte luster finish.

Intuitive is a limited edition floor of American black walnut, a perennial favorite of premium flooring and furniture wood species. It has wire brushed grain and an easy-clean UV oil finish. Half-inch thick profile.

La Pietra, another of our limited editions, features the rare choice of elm flooring, with a gorgeous and unique grain that spills across the wood.

Fairfield, from our 1875 Collection, is a sleek, smooth finished floor with 6” wide planks up to six feet. This color has fairly consistent tones from board to board.

Westminster, also from our 1875 Collection, is like Fairfield but in a more traditional brown hue. A classic.

We have product specials in all spec-level ranges and in a variety of widths and thicknesses. For instance, we also have entry-level flooring that has been hand-scraped and includes Ponderosa colors.

Find the perfect floor at a discount.

As the great bard noted, “Parting is such sweet sorrow,” and it is for us. We don’t like to see our gorgeous floors go away, but we do hope they’ll find good homes, perhaps like an appreciated poem. It’s time to do our spring cleaning. It’s time to write new poems. We encourage you to jump in on our springtime work and perhaps find the perfect floor for your home or office at a great discount.

Call us at 866.476.1611 or email us here to order a free sample of one of these clearance floors.

Inspired by History & Crafted with Innovation: The Storehouse Plank Collection

Inspired by History & Crafted with Innovation: The Storehouse Plank Collection

The Storehouse Plank Collection has a special place in our hearts.

It features two premium wood species: European White Oak from southern Germany and hickory from the Ozark Mountains. These gorgeous woods allow for the genuine hardwood nature of the floor to shine through and does so as a ¾” solid floor.

In the not-so-distant past, many storehouses, barns, and utility buildings were built with rough-milled hardwood lumber. This is the inspiration for one of our favorite floor collections.

Keg – The Storehouse Plank Collection

A need in the market leads to innovation.

Modern textured floors have tried to capture the look of authentic rough-cut wood planks by trying to reintroduce texture and history into the wood. We believe that effort misses the mark.

In 2007, we were processing lumber for an unfinished engineered product.

At the time, a lot of textured flooring tried to look like it was reclaimed. In other words, a rough-cut board was resurfaced, thus pulling out all of the wood’s natural character. Then manufacturers added tongue and groove, texture on top, and stain to replicate the texture they were after.

Thirteen years ago while at a lumber processing site, we investigated what we’d want in a reclaimed-looking plank floor, and we realized it was already in the lumber. There was no reason to take the texture out only to try to add it back in.

So we took the lumber and skipped the surfacing step. We knew this would call for a longer manufacturing process, but we were dedicated to giving our customers a unique product that no one else in the market offered: a genuine pre-claimed floor, solid natural wood with all its texture, character, and history.

Lucky for us, then as now, we don’t have to pull wood boards off of a barn or old country store, but we do cull fresh lumber from Germany and the Ozarks—wood that already has unique texture. At the sawmill the wood is cut by circular saw and band saw, which naturally leave their own cut marks. Ultimately, we provide a finished product with all that reclaimed-looking texture in it without it being a reclaimed floor.

The advantages and long-lasting nature of Storehouse Plank.

In the Storehouse Plank collection, we apply a UV-oil finish to the surface of the flooring. We’ve chosen this process instead of urethane because a urethane finish yields a plastic-like coating over the top of the floor. As the urethane wears, it becomes very difficult to add more finish to increase the usefulness or life of your wood floor without altering the floor’s texture.

When many floor finishes get worn down and refinishing is needed, you have to sand out the original texture, and it takes away the unique design aspect. However, a UV-oil finish is a living finish. The wood soaks in the oil, providing a layer of protection, but it’s not an artificial barrier of plastic between wood and world.

It’s particularly advantageous to use a UV-oil finish instead of urethane with this collection. Consider that it’s ten years down the road, and you want to get some luster back in your floor. With the UV-oil, you only have to follow a few simple steps. You deep clean your floor and apply the oil. It blends with the UV-oil already there, and that floor can be repeatedly recoated as needed and last for well over a century. You don’t have to remove the original texture, original color, and refinish, re-sand, or re-stain. You can continually protect and refinish without removing the soul of the wood.

Consider this classic.

The floor in this collection is produced to have the same texture of a 100-year-old piece of wood, and it’s manufactured and finished so you can keep it for another hundred years.

If you are intrigued and interested in Storehouse Plank, you can find more information on its collection page here and order your samples today.

From Foster Care to Family: The Aikens’ Adoption Journey, Part 2

From Foster Care to Family: The Aikens’ Adoption Journey, Part 2

Justin and Audrey with Constance

This continues the story of the Aiken family. In the previous blog Justin and Audrey had become foster parents; however, the birth mother’s desire for reunification with the newborn Constance altered the course of the Aikens’ adoption.

Reunification is always the goal.

When Justin and Audrey Aiken met the challenge to care for a newborn in need of immediate foster care, the process had to happen quickly, which meant they didn’t have time for foster parent training. Because of that, the Aikens were unaware that even though a child enters foster care, the primary goal is always reunification with the birth parent.

Once Constance’s birth mother voiced her desire for reunification—in lieu of previous adoption plans with the Aikens—then Audrey and Justin knew it was time to learn all they could about reunification and the ramifications for them as foster parents while remaining hopeful to still become adoptive ones.

Audrey followed a good number of foster parents on social media, and she and Justin read books on the topic. They felt a bit conflicted, knowing that Plan A, reunification, is how it should be in a perfect world. But they also feared the potential trauma Constance might suffer being removed from the only people she knew as “mom” and “dad.”

More changes: from reunification to adoption.

In March of 2019, the original social worker returned to the case. Prior to a family support team meeting (which included the Aikens, birth mother and social workers), it was unclear to both the birth mother and the Aikens if the birth mother was doing the proper things that would allow for potential reunification. During the meeting the birth mother was tasked with responsibilities to accomplish in the next two months in order to secure reunification. Despite the difficulty of these responsibilities, it was uncertain whether the primary goal would be changed at the end of these two months.

However, in May, the family support team changed the primary goal to adoption. And in July, the court system officially changed the legal goal from reunification to adoption. However, despite the goal change, weekly visits with the birth mother would continue until the final court date.

Following the legal goal change, the Aikens geared up for more paperwork and legal affairs. The Aikens secured a lawyer experienced in three-part adoption; she was a specialist in termination of parental rights, state custody change, and adoption. The birth mom, too, retained counsel, and in August the appropriate motions were filed. A hearing was held in November to set the court date. The Aikens’ lawyer informed them that adoption cases take priority in most courts. However, because the schedules of the three lawyers (the Aikens’, the birth mother’s, and the State’s) and the judge did not align well, the court date could not be set until March 2020. Despite the long delay, the Aikens felt some relief, knowing that there was some progress. The Aikens continued to do weekly visits with the birth mom, who still believed reunification was possible – all parties in a holding pattern until the final court date in March.

Three days before the court date, given the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, the date was moved indefinitely, but in the meantime, surprisingly the birth mom filed her termination of rights, which would make the first step of the final process go more smoothly.

“At least we knew it was basically a done deal,” Justin said, “that we were going to adopt Constance. For me, that was satisfying. For Audrey, she wanted the Is dotted and the Ts crossed.” Understandably, Audrey wanted the judge’s signature on the paper.

The new court date was set three months out—the end of June.

In mid-May, the Aikens learned about remote hearings in the juvenile system, so they approached their lawyer and asked if something could be arranged for their adoption case. The lawyer looked into it, and in less than a week, a court date was set—in person with masks.

Sporting their masks, Justin and Audrey were ready and went to court. The hearing was much quicker than they anticipated, and they gleefully walked out of the courtroom as Constance’s legal adoptive parents!

Advice for future foster parents.

“Going into it,” Justin said, “we knew from the materials we’d been reading, that we would have to deal with trauma. We would have to deal with a child who had experienced at minimum the trauma of separation from their birth parent. We steeled ourselves for that kind of trauma but did not steel ourselves for the idea of the possibility of not being Constance’s parents.”

“It’s not about us,” Audrey said, “but for those thinking about foster care, please know that if it’s really hard for you, there are other people out there like you, and it’s okay. You don’t have to be amazing all the time. Go to classes and learn as much as you can about it.”

The Aikens said that social workers will work incredibly hard for you, but be aware that the foster care system framework feels broken. You may need to be prepared for the long haul in going from foster parents to adoptive parents. For the Aikens, it was a twenty-one-month process.

Type-A persons can struggle with the unknown, and that can certainly be the case in foster care situations. Audrey and Justin commented that personal therapy can be helpful for certain people wishing to foster children. They both believe a good support community is helpful—for them, that support came from Real Wood Floors, The Master’s Craft, and their church.

Justin told us, “The phrase, ‘It takes a village,’ for us, we definitely had more than a village. At times we felt we needed every bit of it. For potential foster parents or those wanting to adopt, make sure you have a good support structure.”

“Your village of people surrounding you might change in the process,” Audrey said, “and that’s okay. You will find your people. Those people who will be there for you and be supportive.”

Constance today.

“Constance is two now,” Justin said, “and she is amazing. We are grateful to have her in our lives.”

“She is healthy and happy and super outgoing,” Audrey remarked. “She’s honing her sense of humor. She is everything we could have ever dreamed and more. We still have contact with her birth mom, which we believe is important.”

The Aikens plan to continue to have an open adoption, so that the birth mom is included. “We know how hard it must be for the birth mom, so like other foster parents, we try to be kind and generous to that. There’s a connection there we want to nourish,” Justin said.

“We are very grateful to Real Wood Floors,” Audrey said. “They have been such an incredible support. They helped us in the beginning, particularly when we didn’t have baby stuff yet, and they were able to give so generously. The people who work at Real Wood have been so kind and loving and have really helped keep us sturdy through this journey.”

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