Reclaimed Wood Products
Pine floor restoration (1 of 18)
This photo shows a room in a historic Arts and Crafts style Webster Groves home with original 3/4" x3 1/4" yellow pine flooring laid directly on the floor joists. This and the following three pictures show where a previous owner had removed a wall to combine the living and dining room space.
Pine floor restoration (2 of 18)
This picture shows the same room looking toward the front door with the light spot indicating where the wall was removed. The staircase on the left of the picture shows the newly configured staircase which was part of the remodel. The previous owners chose to carpet over the entire space possibly because they could not find anyone able to repair the seam in the wood flooring covered by the previous wall.
Pine floor restoration (3 of 18)
This picture shows the seam that was originally hidden by the previous wall. When the owners removed the carpeting they discovered this unsightly seam in the original yellow pine floors...oh the joys (and surprises) of old home ownership!
Pine floor restoration (4 of 18)
The solution to the ugly seam is to sawcut the pine flooring with a track saw, sight build a knee wall, install it flush with the existing floor joists, supply the reclaimed 85 year old 3/4" x 3 1/4" yellow pine flooring and finally install the reclaimed flooring perpendicular to the existing yellow pine flooring. This type of repair is known as a "header" and was done because the flooring on each side of the previous wall did not align so it could not be "laced in" with the existing flooring.
Pine floor restoration (5 of 18)
This picture shows the site-built knee wall which was built to be the same depth as the floor joists. This will allow the top of the installed knee wall to be positioned to support the newly installed reclaimed flooring which will be perfectly flush with the existing adajacent flooring.
Pine floor restoration (6 of 18)
This picture shows the "header" area prepared to install the knee wall which will sit on the blocking visible in the void. This blocking allows the knee wall to drop in perfectly flush with the existing joist tops. Fortunately the carpenters that built the house properly arranged the floor joists to be positioned directly under the previous wall. This allowed the new "header" to align with the stair wall and to not be a normal 16" joist spacing which would have made the new header very wide
Pine floor restoration (7 of 18)
This picture shows the knee wall installed flush with the floor joists. The knee wall was shimmed and nailed through the floor joists into the cripples of the knee wall making for a continuous and strong support for the reclaimed flooring to complete the repair.
Pine floor restoration (8 of 18)
This picture shows the first of three reclaimed yellow pine "header" boards installed adjacent to the existing saw cut yellow pine flooring.
The duct tape was used to seal off the crack to eliminate any possibility of light coming through the repair area.
Pine floor restoration (9 of 18)
These reclaimed yellow pine floor boards were selected from the vast supply of reclaimed flooring warehoused by Abeln Floor Systems. Over the years we have restored hundreds of historic floors using this time-tested and superior method of historic floor repair. There simply is no better way of repairing and restoring a damaged historic wood floor than using 75 to 150 year old flooring! We have it organized by age, condition, size and species! In most cases we can tell you where it came from!
Pine floor restoration (10 of 18)
This picture shows the "header" repair completed. The floor has begun its rough sanding in the picture.
Pine floor restoration (11 of 18)
This picture shows the "header" and adjactent flooring completely roughed off as the process continues. As you can tell this flooring will be a perfect match with the adjacent existing flooring. This owner chose to stain the floors, however, our reclaimed flooring would have been a perfect color match even if they would have chosen a "natural" (no stain) finish!!!
Pine floor restoration (12 of 18)
Another view of the "header" with the rough sanding completed. If you look at the top left side of this picture you will notice the raw pine flooring is a darker color. This is a common condition due to the tradition of using "floor cloths" in the center of floors many years ago. Because of the floor cloths the homeowners would only sand and finish around the perimeter of the rooms which creates the darker color. Stain does diminish this condition!
Pine floor restoration (13 of 18)
A view of the "header" looking toward the front door with Matt Hardy (one of the very best floor craftsmen you will ever find) looking on!!! Matt is one of the many seasoned craftsmen working for Abeln Floor Systems who is very dedicated, passionate and humble about his amazing skill set! We will be posting numerous other jobs performed by Matt and other crew members in the future! Hopefully I will do a better job of getting his head in the picture next time!!! Sorry Matt!!!
Pine floor restoration (14 of 18)
This picture shows the finished floor with stain and three coats of polyurethane finish applied. The perfectly flat sheen of the reflection over the "header" area shows off the high degree of skill required to pull off a repair of this nature. A repair and refinishing of this quality is a testimony to superior equipment, perfect reclaimed flooring match, a process-oriented system and the skilled hands of the craftsmen who lavished their attention to the task at hand..old-fashioned pride!!!
Pine floor restoration (15 of 18)
A final shot of the "header" looking toward the rear of the house.
Pine floor restoration (16 of 18)
Another shot of the "header" repair. Abeln Floor Systems offers many alternative solutions to historic homeowners who are passionate about restoration rather than a simple "remodel". In this case we saved the homeowner thousands of dollars compared to simply installing a new oak floor over the restorable original and gorgeous yellow pine floors! Offering customers a better alternative is what we are passionate about!!!
Pine floor restoration (17 of 18)
Another shot of the completed "header" after finishing. One of the many "water-to-wine" repair jobs done by Abeln Floor Systems. This shot was taken from the staircase looking toward the outer wall of the house.
Pine floor restoration (18 of 18)
Final shot of the completely restored original yellow pine floors restored by Abeln Floor Systems! The homeowners were absolutely thrilled with the look and quality of the investment in their wood floors. The repair and refinishing of their pine floors allowed them to retain the beauty and originality of their home and save money to apply to other future home improvements!!! This is why our tag line is "Because wood floors only get better with age"!
Floor Repair in Auditorium (1/5)
This picture shows the challenge ahead of us! It is hard to see in this picture but the material in the foreground is 90 year old 3/4" x 2 1/4" maple strip flooring that stops at the newly created void where a wall was removed to create a door opening leading to the new bathrooms. Abeln Floor Systems was tasked with "lacing in" reclaimed maple strip flooring and refinishing the auditorium floors with no visible color, grade or condition differences compared with the existing maple flooring.
Floor repair in Auditorium (2/5)
This picture shows the deep void (in the subfloor of the previous picture) repaired using multiple layers of a special German made floor level or. The "field" of the auditorium floor adjacent to the void area has been prepared to accept the reclaimed maple flooring to be "laced in" to complete the repair.
Floor Repair in Auditorium (3/5)
This picture shows the +/- 90 year old reclaimed maple flooring that was supplied and installed by Abeln Floor Systems. The reclaimed maple flooring stands out since it still has the original finish on it in this picture. Each maple floor board in this repair had to be hand-scraped, carefully sawn, blind nailed and glued (over floor leveled void) to complete this step in the repair process. This picture was taken just prior to the subsequent sanding process.
Floor Repair in Auditorium (4/5)
This picture shows repair area after rough sanding...part of the "water to wine" conversion!!! This jobsite required two other much larger lace-in areas and two rooms that were completely done with reclaimed maple and white oak strip flooring. When completed none of the newly installed reclaimed flooring could be discerned from the original flooring as everything was a perfect match!!!
Floor Repair in Auditorium (5/5)
This picture shows the auditorium repair area with the last coat of finish applied. The reward for all of our reclaimed flooring efforts is the smile on the owner's face when they see a perfect "age-matched" repair as this one was!!! When an older floor needs major repairs and to be finished "natural" (no stain) it is essential to use reclaimed flooring of a similar age.