Preserving History, One Board at a Time

Over the past few weeks we’ve been removing the heart pine flooring from the remaining cottages on the Belleview Biltmore property. If you’re familiar with the “cottages” you’ll know they were more like large homes at over 3000 square feet each. Built between 1900 and 1915, the original hardwood flooring is of the highest quality. Some boards are even marked by the original manufacturer as being specifically made for the Belleview Biltmore. We’ve also removed the 1X6 casings and ceiling beams and are in the process of having that milled into engineered wood flooring.

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Belleview Biltmore Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Some may question the value in choosing reclaimed flooring for their home. If you have one of the many historic homes in St. Petersburg or Tampa and want to keep your home as close to authentic as possible, this heart pine is an excellent option. Not only are we painstakingly removing the nails from the wood by hand but the refinished product has uncovered some of the most beautiful pattern and color of any pine we’ve ever had, new or reclaimed.

This hardwood is dense and some of the most durable wood available. Unlike new pine flooring, heart pine is one of the harder hardwoods on the Janka scale rating in the 1200’s. For comparison, most commercially available new pine flooring is white pine and its hardness is around 400. The higher the rating, the more durable, this old heart pine is very resistant to dents and scratches.

Choosing reclaimed wood not only preserves our history, but also provides you with beautiful, durable, and unique flooring. It is unlike any new hardwood flooring available today. One of our passions at Seer Flooring is to keep the historic homes in our area as close to how they were built 100 or more years ago. We’ve been in many homes where renovations were done in the 70’s and 80’s that either destroyed, covered, or removed the original wood floors. We want to bring back the classic look and feel by refinishing the hardwood floors or replacing the tile, laminate, or other flooring with reclaimed wood.

With nearly every president since Woodrow Wilson, dignitaries like Margaret Thatcher and The Duke of Winsor, entertainers including Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, and sports icons Joe Dimaggio and Babe Ruth among the guests, who wouldn’t want to bring some of this history into their home?

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Reclaimed Wood Flooring – Beautiful and Unique

Looking for beautiful unique flooring for your new home or want to restore a historic home? Seer Flooring is the company to call. Not only do we have this beautiful hardwood from the Biltmore but also other reclaimed wood flooring options. We can also restore your existing wood floors even if they were covered with carpet or laminate. Let our expert hardwood floor refinishing team help. Call today for an estimate for new flooring or refinishing for your home (727) 785-1930.