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The Amazing Floor Race! - Oh My Goods!

Nowadays the engineered hardwoods on the market are beautiful and varied both in style and price.  So much so that it’s hard to know where to begin.  I started by asking my friends whose floors I loved what they used and if they were happy with them (it helps here to have friends that are also decorators which is an added bonus or friends with tastes similar to yours.)  Next is your budget, be fierce about that and research, research, research the best deal out there.

Provenza Flooring

 

I ended up choosing a Russian white oak floor from Provenza, Heirloom Collection, the style is called Glasgow. It looks like this.  Provenza is a bit pricey, but their Heirloom Collection is the most affordable of what they offer. When re-doing floors look for warranties on the finish, how many times it can be sanded, and how many plies of construction.  Ideally you want at least 3 ply, although 5 ply is better even if the layers are thin, of course the price rises accordingly.

livingroom_beforeanddemo

I found it at a high end flooring center in town and after getting the price quote from them (way out of our budget) I jumped on the internet and did my homework.  I was able to find it for $2.00 cheaper a square foot and when you are looking at almost 1,700 sq ft that can be a big savings.  The catch is that the flooring store I am dealing with is in California, a bit scary when you are spending that much money! Research how long they have been in business, what their return policy is, do they sell firsts or seconds (you always want firsts) and how much is shipping.  The shipping price pretty much offsets the sales tax when you buy locally (which for us it was around $600).

Starting from the ground up!

Starting from the ground up!

I decided to look one more time on the Provenza Website and found that they had a section called “Internet Sales.”  There was a disclaimer saying all sales done over the internet were not covered under warranty!  That sounded strange so I called the company and was told that unfortunately they had experienced counterfeit product being sold inexpensively and therefore had to stop guaranteeing their product in this manner.  Thank goodness I had taken my own advice and had continued researching! They were able to direct me to a great source, DeLoreto Interiors on Orange Avenue in Winter Park that had Provenza and so much more! Gabe, the owner was great to deal with so please check him out if you are looking for flooring in the Orlando area : )

Next up, I’ll have some tips on who to choose to install your floor!  Until then, “Decorate your home with the things you love, that inspire, enrich, and calm you.  Decorate your life with the same thing.”

        -Mari


  1. March 6, 2013

    Great information for me to know for when we are ready to buy new flooring! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  2. March 18, 2013

    Absolutely!! New flooring makes such a huge difference in your home so you have got to make sure you love what you find! Good Luck!

  3. October 27, 2013

    I have been thinking of the heirloom collection from provenza as well. How do you like the floor now that it is in your home? Is it durable?

  4. October 28, 2013

    Hi Matix, We LOVE it!! The floor has been in since April and after the initial cleaning of any residual glue using the Provenza Products we haven’t had to do anything other than dry mopping and sweeping and occasional spot cleaning. We will probably do the once a year oil treatment (which is a simple mopping with the oil) to maintain it. We are a busy household with two dogs and an elderly mom with a walker so it gets a lot of abuse! At the beginning we had a few scratch marks from the dogs but we were able to oil that area and it came back fine. I think you will love the look and feel of these floors… Good luck on your project! Mari

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