Milling & Finishing Processes
We mill flooring at about 20% of the speed of commodity strip oak mills, ensuring a smooth surface, with closely spaced knife marks, which lends itself to an efficient installation and sanding process. Our prefinished floors are calibration sanded to a target accuracy of (+/- ) 5/1000 of an inch, then precision filled, sealed, and top coated in one continuous process, ensuring complete adhesion of the finish coats to themselves and to the floor.
Our “standard” product is a ¾” solid hardwood floor, at standard to which all other floors are judged. This configuration provides the greatest overall useful life as demonstrated by antique floors that are now 200+ years old. In keeping with our focus on quality and ease of installation, all flooring is tongue and grooved and precision end-matched.
Technical drawing of solid wood flooring.
Since the introduction to the market , engineered flooring has been an alternative to solid wood flooring. Engineered flooring offers distinct advantages over solid in terms of stability and the ability to use the floor below grades. Often imported, its quality has been marked by cheap materials and less than stellar workmanship. The Canterbury approach takes the best of solids, the thick durable wear layer, and combines this with a Baltic birch substrate, the highest quality available, to provide an engineered floor with the durability of a solid and the stability of an engineered. We went further and eliminated fixed short lengths by replicating the 1-7’ length range of a quality solid floor, avoiding the “brick paver” look so often associated with engineered flooring. We also provide options for lengths up to 10’ in most species in our engineered line.
Technical drawing of engineered wood flooring.