Acclimation, sometimes called conditioning, is the process of allowing wood to reach its equilibrium moisture content (EMC) within “normal living conditions” of the location where the wood floor is to be installed. Acclimating the hardwood planks is one of the MOST important steps of hardwood floor installation. Testing existing moisture content, cross stacking the wood, and ensuring equilibrium moisture content is achieved prior to installation are important. Click here FAQ: Should Wood Floors be Acclimated Prior to Installation? for the full article.
Humidity and Its Impact on Wood
The National Wood Floor Association (NHFA) shared a great article this week about “Relative Humidity“.
One of the easiest ways to avoid wood flooring installation failures is to have a clear understanding of relative humidity (RH) and its impact on wood. Wood swells and shrinks as it absorbs and loses moisture. This will happen as a direct result of the environment it is placed in due the temperature and RH of the surrounding air.
As a general rule, wood floors will perform best when the interior environment is controlled to stay within a relative humidity range of 30 percent to 50 percent, and a temperature range of 60 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but optimal conditions will vary in different regions based on average moisture content and RH.
Brave, original, inaugural. Those are words synonymous with “pioneer.” Of course, that word also evokes images of Early America, with its barrage of hardships and history-making heroes. While our nation’s earliest inhabitants braved rugged terrain and untamed wilderness, the Pioneer Collection from Rehmeyer Premium Hardwood Flooring offers quite the civilized terrain for your feet to travel. Yet, in many ways, this collection is a throw-back to simpler times and definitely demonstrates a brave creativity that hints at history.
Pioneer Collection Basics
Each board chosen to be used in our Pioneer Collection flooring possesses an exceptional degree of character, highlighting the particular beauty of the species it represents. Each floor, regardless of species, is made from random-width boards ranging from 3 to 6 inches and lengths ranging from 18 to 120 inches. Customers have the choice of pre-sanding with either soft or micro-bevel edges, flush pegs, Tung Oil finish, Engineered hardwood, and matching accessories.
In addition to the innumerable reasons we at Rehmeyer Wood Floors think you should consider letting us create your custom flooring, our many valued customers point out some other key reasons you should give us a try.
We’ve already hit on the distinctive beauty and premium quality of our flooring; two other characteristics often cited are the easy maintenance our flooring offers and exceptional customer service we provide. [Read more…]
If you’re considering installing hardwood floors or having them installed in your home or business, we can think of dozens of reasons to consider Rehmeyer Wood Floors. Our customers, however, seem to focus on four basic high points: eye-catching beauty, extraordinary quality, easy maintenance, and excellent customer service.
One of our delighted customers wrote this: “The first comment from everyone who walks into our homes is ‘Wow, look at this floor!’” Another wrote, “The matching floor vent and molding really makes a difference in the finished look too.” [Read more…]
Rehmeyer Wood Floors is one of the few businesses that still provide custom, hand-crafted custom wood flooring. The products we create cannot be compared to what you’d find in a big-box retailer. We start with high-quality, character-grade lumber and mill it with unmatched precision right here in York County, Pennsylvania. Each board is end-matched and tongue-and-grooved in house.
From there, the process is somewhat determined by the Custom Collection you select. Regardless of your decision, though, the end product will be a one-of-a-kind work of art created for you by skilled craftsmen just for you. [Read more…]
Here at Rehmeyer Wood Floors, we love the conveniences of technology in many ways; we relish the opportunity to give virtual tours of our mill as well as present photos of our work and post feedback from many satisfied customers. We also appreciate the way the internet allows for easy sharing of our participation in award-winning builder events like the Pennsylvania Street of Dreams.
When it comes to actual craftsmanship, however, we’ve noticed that some perceived technological advancements in recent years in the area of hardwood flooring manufacturing have contributed to flooring being on the market which may at first appear to be similar to handcrafted flooring but which will over time betray its poor workmanship. Of course, from day 1, it will also lack the unique deeper beauty of a genuine, handcrafted Rehmeyer Floor. [Read more…]
The sky is the limit for Rehmeyer Wood Floors clients. As a custom mill, we have the capability to create a unique masterpiece that’s perfect for every project. One of our most recent custom crafted creations is a reclaimed, antique, White Oak that is transformed with custom stain, hand-scraping, wire-brushing and grain accenting to enhance the patina and character. We’re repurposing vintage lumber into a timeless design to add a touch of elegance along with the warmth and richness of its aged beauty.
For those investing in Rehmeyer Custom or Extreme Custom flooring, these additional customization features can help further enhance the natural beauty of your character-grade, expertly hand-crafted floors. Depending on the collection or style you’ve chosen, and considering your unique setting, we’d be glad to recommend specific features that would complement your one-of-a-kind flooring.
We offer two distinctive styles of decorative wood pegs that give many of our floors that special finishing touch.
Our Flush Pegs work best with the Prestige, Pioneer, and Old Trail Collection flooring. We craft them from the end grain, providing an eye-catching contrast along with retaining the smooth surface of your flooring. [Read more…]
Only the best of the best builders are invited to participate in the Pennsylvania Street of Dreams. One of the seven builders included, Farinelli Construction Inc., chose Rehmeyer Wood Floors, once again, to create the hardwood flooring throughout the bulk of the house. Farinelli went on to win Overall Best of Show, in addition to many other awards.
The custom milled floor designed for the Showcase Home is a 9” wide, Engineered*, Center Cut (Live Sawn) White Oak, with Standard Soft Edges. It features Hand Distressed detailing, Smoke Accents, a custom Russet Stain, and is finished with three coats of hand rubbed Tung Oil.
*Our Engineered floors are ¾” thickness, featuring an 11-ply Baltic Birch core product, which allows wide width boards to be used in any type of climate and virtually any building specification (i.e. slab production, basements, below grade rooms) without sacrificing stability or beauty. Our Engineered floors, featuring a 3/16” thick wear layer, allows us to utilize Hand Crafting techniques, such as Distressing, Scraping, Wire-Brushing, as well as Mortising our Hand-Shaped decorative pegs.
Our hardwood floors add warmth and beauty to any kitchen in a non-traditional way.