The History of Flooring: From Stone to Vinyl.

The History of Flooring: From Stone to Vinyl.

I’m here to take you on a journey through time and space to rediscover the earth beneath our feet.

Back in the day, everyone walked on dirt floors. I mean, talk about a cleaning nightmare, am I right? But don’t worry, we’ve come a long way since then. Or have we? That’s debatable, but let’s not get sidetracked.

Let’s start with the Egyptians, who were ahead of the game with their cozy woven mats way back in 3,000 B.C.E. And then they took things up a notch with their clay tiles and brick floors. Keeping your feet in the Pharaoh-zone, huh? Those same clay tiles were found during the Middle Ages and are still in use today in some parts of the world.

But then the Greeks came along and started using marble and other stones to create beautiful designs and patterns. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any fancier, the Romans blew everyone away with their mosaics made of small stones and tiles. They also used concrete to create durable floors that were easy to maintain. I mean, say what you want about the Italians, but they love their ‘cheramic’  – at least their floors lasted.

Ah, the Middle Ages. When the rich walked on floors made of mahogany and walnut, and the poor walked on dirt. It’s a good thing they didn’t have social media back then, or we’d be seeing a lot of #peasantenvy on our timelines!

But then, thanks to the Industrial Revolution, wood flooring became mass-produced and more widely available. No longer just for the rich and famous! These new wood floors were hot waxed and buffed to a shiny finish with horse hair floor brushes, as they weren’t the most durable.

The flooring innovations didn’t stop there. In 1863, linoleum was invented, providing an affordable and durable alternative to wood and stone flooring. And then, around the 1930s, vinyl flooring was introduced and quickly became popular for its durability and low cost. It’s like the flooring industry was trying to one-up each other in the race for the most unpronounceable name. But hey, at least we know what to call them now. Who knew that something originally used to insulate wires during World War II could end up on our floors? I guess it just goes to show that the flooring industry is really wired for success!”

In the 1960s, carpet was all the rage, especially in homes and offices. The tufting industry blossomed into a $133 million per year business, with carpet accounting for $19 million. I can only imagine how much fun door-to-door vacuum salesmen were having.

In the early 70s, Woodchuck Flooring Inc got its start with our founder, George Nassis. George set the stage for exceptional quality and service in the commercial, residential, and institutional sectors. It was the beginning of Woody the Woodchuck and a 50+ year old, multi-generational family business.You have to hand it to Woodchuck Flooring, we’ve managed to take a material that’s been around for centuries and make it into a thriving family business. We really nailed it!

Back to our wood history. In the 80s, laminate flooring was introduced under the brand name of Pergo, providing a cost-effective alternative to hardwood flooring. And by the late 90s, laminate flooring found a following in the United States, being used not only on floors but on countertops and walls too. The options seemed endless. Who would have thought that floors could be so versatile? Laminate floors can now be used on walls and countertops too! It’s like the Swiss Army Knife of flooring. Next thing you know, we’ll have floors that can make your morning coffee.

Nowadays, there are so many flooring options to choose from, including traditional hardwood and stone, vinyl, and laminate. Homeowners can pick from a range of colors, patterns, and textures to suit their style and budget. We’ve come a long way from dirt floors!

But the story doesn’t end here. With new technologies and trends emerging all the time, who knows what kind of flooring we’ll be walking on in the future? One thing’s for sure, we’ll never tire of making flooring jokes. They always really “floor” us!

March Madness- Basketball Blog | Woodchuck Flooring 

March Madness- Basketball Blog | Woodchuck Flooring 

Wood floors have been an integral part of basketball history. The sport has been played on wooden surfaces for over a century. Prior to wood floors, the sport was played on surfaces such as concrete, dirt, and even grass. 

Since those days the sport has evolved, and the need for a more suitable playing surface became apparent in the 1920s. Hardwood floors used in indoor basketball courts provide a more durable and consistent surface for players. 

One of the most significant advancements in the use of wood floors in basketball came in the 1940s with the introduction of the “floating” hardwood floor. This type of floor is built on a system of sleepers and anchors that allow it to “float” above the building’s subfloor, providing a more uniform surface that is less likely to warp or buckle. In the 1950s, the use of maple wood became the standard for basketball courts due to its strength, durability, and ability to resist splintering. 

In the following decades, the shiny gym floor look that we associate with modern basketball courts became more prevalent. The shiny appearance of the wood is achieved through a process of sanding and finishing the floor. Common finishes used today are the LOBA 2K Supra A.T. finish. This finish is perfect for high-traffic floors such gymnasiums. The finished product has optimized protection against scratches and increased slip resistance.  

The history of wood floors in basketball is a rich one, with hardwood surfaces becoming a defining feature of the game. The development of floating floors, the use of maple wood, and the process of sanding and finishing have all played a crucial role in creating the shiny gym floor look that we recognize, and love today. 

Are Robot Vacuums Safe For Hardwood Floors?

Are Robot Vacuums Safe For Hardwood Floors?

Are you tired of sweeping and vacuuming every weekend? There’s a robot for that! Robot vacuums are a convenient and efficient way to keep your hardwood floors clean. They are designed to navigate around your home, automatically cleaning as they go. This might be a no brainer, but make sure you are using a vacuum with suction only and not a robot that has a mop, or uses water or detergent.

Here are a few tips for using a robot vacuum on hardwood floors:

  1. Make sure your robot vacuum is compatible with hardwood floors. Some models are better suited for carpets, while others are specifically designed for hard surfaces.
  • Keep an eye on the brush roll. The brush roll is an important component of a robot vacuum, as it helps to agitate dirt and debris from the floor. Make sure it is clean and free of tangles, as a dirty or clogged brush roll can impede performance, and lead to scratches on your hardwood floors.
  • Adjust the suction power as needed. Hardwood floors do not require as much suction as carpets, so you may want to reduce the suction power on your robot vacuum to prevent scratching or damage to the floor.
  • Use virtual boundaries. Many robot vacuums come with virtual boundary technology, which allows you to create invisible lines around areas you don’t want the robot to enter, such as your baby’s room or your pet’s bed. This will help you to protect your furniture, and floors from accidental damage.
  • Schedule your cleaning. Most robot vacuums come with scheduling features that allow you to set a specific cleaning time for your hardwood floors. This is a great way to ensure that your floors are always clean, without having to worry about remembering to run the vacuum.

Overall, a robot vacuum can be a great tool for keeping your hardwood floors clean. With a little bit of care and attention, you can ensure that your floors are always looking their best and give yourself back your well-deserved weekends.

Winter Boots on Your Hardwood Floors

Winter Boots on Your Hardwood Floors

You’re running out the door on a snowy morning, you get settled in the car but then realize you’re not sure if you locked your back door. Do you quickly run through the house with your wet snowy boots to double check?  

Snow and salt covered boots are just part of the Canadian lifestyle. We’re all aware of the impact that snow and salt has on your cars and home exteriors but are you aware of the impact that they have on your hardwood floors?  

Tracking in snow may seem harmless but when it melts it can seep between the joints of the boards and cause water damage that can wreak havoc on your hardwood floors over time. Beyond the water from melted snow, salt has a jagged sharp texture. When tracked through the house it can lead to scratches and scuffs on your wood floor. Certain salts are also made with calcium chloride which can have a chemical reaction with your wood floors and cause staining.  

Prevent unnecessary damage and expensive repairs to your wood floors by leaving your boots at the door on a well-protected shoe mat or tray.  

Have You Met The Ultimate Wood Flooring Guy?

Have You Met The Ultimate Wood Flooring Guy?

The Ultimate Wood Flooring Guy is a contest hosted by Wood Floor Business. Its purpose is to shine the spotlight on contractors who are extraordinary in their work ethic, integrity, and their professionalism. 

Tim, owner of Woodchuck Flooring and the Woodchuck Flooring team submitted a video nominating Clinton as the Ultimate Wood Flooring Guy of 2022. It came as no surprise when the Wood Floor Business team agreed that Clinton deserved to be named the Ultimate Wood Flooring Guy. 

Clinton has worked in the service department for 11 years and counting. Clinton goes above and beyond to ensure that our customers’ needs are met and that your new floors are installed to perfection. Outside of the showroom you can find Clinton enjoying a soccer game (both playing and watching) or gardening. And in case you were wondering, his favourite flooring is the walnut herringbone with boarders. 

We’re proud to have Clinton on our team, and happy that he was named the Ultimate Flooring Guy of 2022! 

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