Beautiful pines and oaks, patterns and parquets, wide plank and thin strip flooring; I am rarely disappointed when I walk into an old home in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Original hardwood flooring is not only present in our fair city, it is prevalent.

For me, these floors embrace the natural beauty of something that has remained mostly unchanged for more than 150 years. I see them and think about how the hardwood floors Champion Floor Company is installing in someone’s home today may be lived on for 100 years after I am gone. I love the exhilarating thought of re-sanding at an old downtown factory (being converted into new loft condos) to bring back to life an old knotted, sappy heart-pine or fir wood floor.

Maybe my favorite part about these projects is that we can usually patch up old radiator holes and sand off worn-out finishes to bring these floors back to their original glory without too many problems… because really, not much has changed in hardwood flooring over the years. The new floors are, for the most part, the same as those that came before. The finishes have improved, the milling has become more exact, and the species more varied. But new hardwood floors are, well, still just milled hardwood.

As we move from a culture of “throw-away everything” to a society that looks for ways to conserve and reuse, I am excited to see the projects that might cross my desk. I see a market for longevity and beauty in our building materials coming back and I can’t think of any better place to start than with what’s under our feet. So if you are ready to embrace the magnificence that hardwood flooring can bring to your project, I invite you to take a look at the older homes in your city to see what we’ve already been doing right for generations.

Bring the beauty of real wood floors into your home. You won’t be disappointed.