By Jeffrey Forbes
Marketing Coordinator and Resident Historian
Every Goodwin floor is a conversation piece, and each detail prompts a story for its rich and historic past. We know all about the durability and sustainability of a quality heartpine floor. You can see it in the tightness of the River-Recovered® longleaf grain and you can feel it in the density. Many owners of vintage homes have told us when they perform repairs to their heartpine framed houses, “you have to pre-drill nail holes; don’t ever try just driving them in.”
We sometimes deal with potential customers who are debating between installing our wood flooring, or using an inferior product. Sometimes the cost of our flooring is a bit higher than other options. However, the durability, longevity, and alluring beauty of our woods cannot be ignored. And, with proper upkeep (which amounts to regular sweeping and cleaning) our floors eventually pay for themselves:
- No need to replace our flooring in the future. Unlike carpet, tile and vinyl, our species never go out of style and last forever.
- Wood floors add value to your home. Don’t take our word for it…the National Wood Flooring Association and HGTV host Scott McGillivray seem to concur!
- Most wood floor owners will agree they are easier to maintain and keep clean because they do not accumulate a lot of dirt and dust.
- Reclaimed wood is durable and can withstand more wear and tear than other types of flooring.
- Our reclaimed flooring is not only green, but healthy, too! Carpet fibers and tile grout lines are havens for pet dander, dust, pollen and allergens. Wood floors promote good air quality inside your home or office.
Still wondering whether or not reclaimed wood is right for you? If so, I invite you to take a look at the top 10 reasons why reclaimed flooring is the product of choice for distinguished building design professionals and homeowners alike:
- There are a wide range of contractor prices from $4 a square foot and up.
- There isn’t a high markup as seen with commonly available wood floors that are put through distribution.
- Reclaimed wood adds more value to your home and office.
- You own a piece of history as this is the wood that grew right here in America and was harvested 1800s and early 1900s.
- How important is quality to you? Heartpine has a rich patina and tighter grain that adds to the beauty and quality of your home or office
- Have you ever walked into high-end new homes and felt like they all looked the same? Unlike these homes, your reclaimed wood floor will be unique in appearance and character.
- Heartpine is coined ‘the wood that built America.’ It is durable and stands the test of time. Mt Vernon’s floor is over 250 years old and, even though people walk on it every day, it retains the same alluring beauty as the day it was first installed.
- Heartpine is harder and more durable than most wood. In fact, is 29% more stable than red oak according to the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA).
- You will leave a legacy. Many reclaimed wood floors have already lasted a hundred years or more, and yours is sure to outlast you and live on for generations.
- It’s a natural choice for earth friendly space.
The Palm Beach, Florida Par 3 Golf Course completed their new clubhouse and it has a Goodwin Antique Pine floor! Local foundations funded much of the clubhouse; however, it was vendors like Absolute Hardwood Flooring and Goodwin Company who provided a better-design with higher quality materials such as hardwood floors instead of carpet. Absolute Hardwood Flooring donated the labor to install and sand and finish the flooring donated by Goodwin Company – Fine Antique Wood Floors Since 1976.
Read the press release here: www.palmbeachdailynews.com
Photo Source: http://www.golfontheocean.com/
We recently captured this photo of an alligator camping out in our log pond. This reminds me of the reason why the term “deadhead logging” was coined. As you can see, the small ends of the sunken logs float, resembling heads. It is difficult to distinguish the logs from the alligator!
Speaking of deadhead logging, did you know George Goodwin was the pioneer of the Florida Deadhead Logging permit? This environmental permit specifies and monitors how the logs are to be recovered to ensure preservation of the underwater habitat. George traveled to the state capitol on numerous occasions to garner support from environment groups and government agencies, ultimately partnering with Florida’s Department of Submerged Lands and a host of environmental organizations to develop what is now known as Florida’s Deadhead River Logging Permit.
Take comfort in knowing that not only does Goodwin take great care in recovering our logs, but we spearheaded efforts to ensure anyone who chooses to do the same does so in a manner which is environmentally responsible and protects our precious underwater habitats.
Interested in what this permit entails? Visit: