The 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Hardwood Floors Over Carpet

Since the dawn of time, humans have argued over a very pressing issue: hardwood or carpet flooring? The debate continues to this day – some will praise the comfort a carpet provides while others prefer the more polished look of hardwood floors. But we hold a firm belief that, no matter what, hardwood floors are the way to go. Today, we’ll take a look at the five reasons why choosing hardwood is the best option for your home.

1. Hardwood floors are easier to clean and maintain.

Carpets are prone to holding dust, skin, and hair. To get rid of these stomach-churning particles, you’ll need to vacuum. If you want them eliminated almost entirely, a professional carpet cleaning service might be necessary. Luckily, hardwood floors don’t hold on to these particles. A quick sweep or mop will do the trick to keep your floor clean. We also all know the dreaded feeling of spilling a drink on carpet – it’s nearly impossible to get rid of the whole stain. With hardwood floors, just grab a paper towel or rag, and you’re good!

2. Hardwood floors are more durable and longer lasting.

As long as your hardwood floor is properly maintained, it can last for decades. Even a dent in the floor can be alleviated easily with a minor repair. They can be refined and polished to keep fresh and clean. Hardwood floors also take much longer to go out of style – remember shag carpets? Yeah, we’d like to forget that, too.

3. Hardwood floors are more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

While carpeting is usually manufactured with synthetic fabrics like nylon or polyester, hardwood floors come from nature’s greatest gift: trees. They are produced naturally and created using the most abundant renewable resource in the world. You also have the option to research how sustainable your hardwood flooring really is using industry standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council and other like-minded organizations.

4. Hardwood floors can help you save energy.

Since wood is a conductor, hardwood floors allow the heat to pass through and circulate in your home, unlike carpet which acts as a barrier for hot air. This means longer-lasting heat, and consequently, less work from your furnace, and most importantly, lower heating bills.

5. Hardwood floors simply look more stylish.

Hardwood flooring is becoming trendier as the years go on. There is a seemingly endless amount of wood types, colors, and designs you can choose from that can bring out your inner interior designer. Different stains and polishes can help make your floors even more unique. Plus, a rug can really tie a room together.

Let’s face it: carpets are losing their popularity. If you want to keep current, hardwood flooring is the most logical option. For environmentally-conscious folk, there is nothing better for a home than a nature-friendly material like hardwood. And for those who love interior design, there are more opportunities to use your creativity and imagination, enabling you to put together a perfectly styled home. If you are currently building or planning on building a home, definitely think about installing hardwood instead of carpet – maybe, soon enough, this debate will end for good.

The Biggest Myths about the Lumber Industry, Debunked

When pondering over the current state of our environment, many people begin to envision a futuristic world consisting of chrome and steel. In this version of a future reality (often seen in post-apocalyptic films and TV shows), humanity has wiped out forests in their entirety. Land that was once full of life is now a desolate wasteland. Natural geography is vastly unrecognizable from what it was long ago. Construction and development needs are put above the ecosystem but now, it’s too late to go back and warn everyone of the dark path ahead.

We understand it is not easy to be optimistic. But remain calm! In reality, the forests of the world, especially in the United States, have proven to remain sustainable and usable for the foreseeable future. Specifically, the lumber industry though seemingly contradictory has created clear initiatives to ensure that this haunting vision of a post-apocalyptic world won’t happen.

Still, many misconceptions remain. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest myths about forest management and the lumber industry’s impact on our environment. We hope that by the time you’ve finished reading, your perception of the future will change for the better.

Myth: Cities and urban areas are taking over forests and trees

Fact: The volume of U.S. hardwoods has actually increased by more than 90 percent in the last half-century while forest acreage has increased by 18 percent. And despite a 165 percent growth in population since 1920, U.S. forest acreage has continued to remain stable.

Myth: The only easy way to obtain wood is through clear-cutting entire forests

Fact: The preferred method of harvesting hardwoods is in fact single-tree selection, as opposed to clear-cutting. With single-tree selection, trees are carefully selected for harvest, most of them aged to maturity. This careful removal of selected trees creates openings in the forest canopy, allowing more precipitation, nutrients and sunlight to reach the forest floor. Seedlings are then free to sprout and grow naturally. This results in a much more sustainable outcome than solely using the clear-cutting method.

Myth: Using steel, aluminum, and concrete for construction is better for the environment

Fact: Wood represents 47 percent of all raw materials used in the US, but the energy to produce wood products accounts for just 4 percent of the energy used to make all manufactured materials. In fact, using materials like steel, aluminum, and concrete require significantly more energy to produce, install and dispose of at the end of their natural life cycles as compared to American hardwoods.

Myth: Wood may have been a great choice in the past, but we’re in the future now

Fact: Sometimes, the oldest way is the best way. To this day, wood proves to be the best material for construction. Of course, we don’t use the same old tricks anymore — modern wood manufacturing processes have become extraordinarily efficient. Virtually every part of the log is used as lumber or valuable by-products, while finished wood products are reusable, recyclable and biodegradable. Forest sustainability organizations now reach far and wide.

The Verdict

American hardwood harvesting is efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. We know it sounds contradictory, but it is the truth using lumber from America’s lively forests can actually help save the world as a whole.

Frank Miller Lumber is dedicated to this idea of sustainable forest management. Our FSC-certified lumber is used in many projects that meet LEED standards and we continue to run a “zero-waste facility” at our sawmill. Not only does our lumber come out beautiful, authentic, and durable, it also adds to our mission of sustainability.

Hopefully, this cleared up a few misconceptions about the lumber industry and the use of wood products. Next time you build a new home or simply buy a new desk for your study, remember: you could have a role in saving the environment.

For more information on sustainability initiatives within Frank Miller Lumber and the American hardwood industry, go to our Sustainability page.

 

Woodwork Wednesday: User-submitted woodworking projects we feature on our social media!

Frank Miller Lumber social media followers who have been with us for the last year might have noticed some major changes in our activity on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We are now more committed than ever to engaging more often with the community and Frank Miller Lumber customers across the nation and around the world. Something we did not expect to do was discover an extremely creative group of people who have a deep passion for woodworking.

Woodwork Wednesday was met with immediate popularity when we began the push for submissions earlier this year. We started by calling on our followers to send in their woodworking projects which, as of today, has given us a wide range of results: nightstands, bed frames, tables, chairs, and even a Star Wars lightsaber replica. Tapping into this woodworking community has also showed how important our lumber is for handmade furniture, decor, and passion projects, in addition to the large architectural projects for which we are known. It showed us that Frank Miller Lumber can be used from the smallest of projects (like a bunk bed set for grandchildren), to the largest, (like the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia).

All of us are amazed by the hard work our friends and customers from the Frank Miller Lumber community have put into these passion projects. It’s our goal to create an entire page on our website dedicated to all of the Woodwork Wednesday submissions and the stories behind each piece. For the remainder of this blog, we’d like to share some of our favorites so far.

The first Woodwork Wednesday submission we received blew us away and exceeded all expectations. Matt Carter from our own Union City, IN, created this unbelievable replica of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber using our retail store’s cherry hardwood. (See image above).

Bernie Spencer sent us a red oak constructed round etagere perfect for displaying decorations in any setting ― made with Frank Miller Lumber hardwood.

 

 

Ralph Walker from Columbus, Ohio, was featured for his folding chairs made with Frank Miller Lumber’s quartersawn white oak. Ralph built 16 of these at the time of this submission, with a plan to build 14 more. Not only were the chairs remarkable, but the photos looked equally spectacular!

 

 

One of the more endearing feats of construction that we showcased were Keith Mealy’s bunk beds built for his twin granddaughters, which could also be unbunked and used as single beds!

 

 

These are just a few examples we have showcased over the course of the last few months, which you can see through our weekly social media posts. It has been an inspirational experience seeing how much Frank Miller Lumber impacts the community with our wood in home projects,  and woodworking businesses.

Please send us your work via a Facebook message or our email (frankmillerlumber@gmail.com). We love hearing the stories behind some of them, so remember to include a quick description of the piece along with where the lumber was bought (which we hope is from Frank Miller Lumber!). Stay tuned in the coming months for a new web page including all past, present, and future submissions ― your work could be showcased and archived on the official Frank Miller Lumber website!

Keep on woodworking ― you continue to amaze us.

 

Built to Last – How Durable Is Wood as a Construction Material?

Just how durable is wood as a construction material? Consider Hōryū-ji, the Temple of the Flourishing Law, in Ikaruga, Japan. Recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site and a national treasure of Japan, Hōryū-ji was built in the year 711 as a Buddhist temple. It eventually came to be known as one of the Seven Great Temples. At over 1300 years old, the temple is one of the oldest surviving wooden buildings in the world.

Hōryū-ji is an expanse of many wooden structures with some of the wood structural elements being considerably older than the overall finished complex. A five-story pagoda on the grounds includes a central wooden pillar that is believed to have been felled in the year 594. It is so old that a fragment of one of Buddha’s actual bones is believed to be enshrined at its base.

The pure age of this beautiful structure is not the only testament to the durability of its wooden composition. Hōryū-ji is not just a piece of wooden history preserved in a climate controlled museum or protected in a glass case — it is a well-used, functional building. The temple has enjoyed continuous observance of Buddhist traditions for the last fourteen centuries. But it’s not just human wear and tear this beautiful wood building has tolerated — it is an ironman of environmental endurance as well. Since construction was completed, Hōryū-ji has survived at least 46 different earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater. When you take into consideration that this was all accomplished without the aid of modern construction equipment, computerized engineering or advanced synthetic material treatments, it is hard not to be inspired by this wooden marvel.

Wood is both a modern, high-tech, environmentally-friendly architectural construction material, and a proven building material of lasting strength, durability and beauty that is unrivaled by any other material on earth.

Sources:

http://www.horyuji.or.jp/horyuji_e.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hōryū-ji

https://gizmodo.com/5846501/how-japans-oldest-wooden-building-is-still-standing

Building an Argument for the Use of Hardwoods: Frank Miller Lumber featured in August 2017 issue of Hardwood Matters magazine

Excerpt: 

After nearly 9 years of being out on the road as the Architectural Marketing Manager for Frank Miller Lumber, Criswell Davis has offered AIA continuing education programs to over 5,000 architects and designers. The programs tell the story of sustainable American hardwoods and their role in design. The goal always was to gain a seat at the table in the design process, encouraging the realistic use of American hardwoods to improve the spaces into which they could be specified. Criswell has been successful in getting American hardwoods specified and installed in projects around the world and has become a valuable resource for some of the biggest design and engineering firms in the world. He has lectured to architecture schools, design festivals, all-day AIA Continuing Education seminars and in-house lunch and learn events. He has always told his audiences that he sees his mission as twofold.

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Welcome to the new home of Frank Miller Lumber

You’ve probably noticed a few changes around here lately.

We’ve worked hard over the past few months with the help of ruef, a design company in Dayton, OH, to create a website as unique and state-of-the-art as our company. This site launch is a part of a larger effort to rebrand Frank Miller Lumber. It represents our revitalized approach to communicating the true nature of our company – an Indiana sawmill and a leading provider of Premier American Hardwoods.

We even have a new logo:

You’ll notice the old-school typeface, which harkens back to logos of Frank Miller Lumber’s past. And the icon, which represents a quartersawn-cut log. When our salespeople walk into a room, people usually say, “Hey, it’s the quartersawn folks,” so we figured we needed an icon showing that.

When ruef started working with us on our messaging strategy, they helped our team express their opinions about the state of the previous corporate branding. The consensus of opinion was that the previous website let visitors with the impression that we are a flooring manufacturer, not a high-quality hardwood sawmill. We all agreed that we needed to go back to our roots (pun intended) and highlight what makes us unique.

So while you’re here, check out our state-of-the-art proprietary quartersawing process, a showroom of various hardwood applications, and read about our dedication to sustainable forestry. You can also tour the century-old history of Frank Miller Lumber with a timeline and vintage gallery. Keep checking this blog, Criswell’s Corner, which is written by various members of the Frank Miller team, primarily Criswell Davis, Frank Miller’s architectural marketing manager and an expert resource regarding American hardwoods in sustainable design.

We hope you like our new site as much as we do.

Frank Miller Lumber Announces New Company Logo and Website

UNION CITY, Ind., April 20, 2016 — Frank Miller Lumber, the premier provider of quartersawn red oak, white oak and other hardwood lumber, announces the launch of its new website, www.frankmiller.com, which introduces the company’s new logo and corporate branding. The new website and brand presence is the latest expansion effort for the fourth-generation, family-owned lumber company, one of the largest quartersawn sawmills in the United States.

The website highlights Frank Miller Lumber’s state-of-the-art proprietary quartersawing process, available lumber species and specifications, a showroom of various hardwood applications, and the company’s dedication to sustainable forestry. A new feature on the site allows users to tour the century-old history of the Indiana company with a timeline and vintage gallery. The website also features industry and educational resources, including case studies, news, and a blog written by Criswell Davis, the company’s architectural marketing manager and an expert resource regarding American hardwoods in sustainable design.

The new Frank Miller Lumber logo emphasizes the company’s heritage and specialized quartersawing capabilities. The website and logo were designed by ruef, a design company in Dayton, Ohio.

“We’re excited to give our customers a new, more accurate look at our company,” said Steve James, president and CEO of Frank Miller Lumber. “We believe the new website better reflects our position as not just a premier lumber company and sawmill, but one of the world’s largest producers of quartersawn hardwoods, while also highlighting our growth into a global enterprise.”

About Frank Miller Lumber (www.frankmiller.com)

Frank Miller Lumber is a wholesale lumber supplier specializing in the manufacture of quartersawn hardwood lumber with the bulk of our production in white and red oak. Other quartersawn hardwood species include cherry, hickory, hard maple, and walnut. Frank Miller Lumber assists architects and designers realize the elegance and durability of quartersawn hardwoods in the most distinctive architectural endeavors. Established in 1903 and located in Union City, Indiana, Frank Miller Lumber produces exceptionally fine quartersawn and plainsawn hardwoods for manufacturers of fine furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork and flooring. Frank Miller Lumber’s quartersawn products are used in high-end commercial and residential construction around the globe.

Frank Miller Lumber Announces New CEO, CFO

Internal Changes Will Help Position Company for Continued Growth

UNION CITY, Ind., December 8, 2015 — Frank Miller Lumber, the premier provider of quartersawn red oak, white oak and other hardwoods, has named Steven P. James as president and chief executive officer, and JoEllen Johnston as chief financial officer.

In his previous role as chief financial officer at Frank Miller Lumber, a position he held for more than three years, James was responsible for managing the financial planning and analysis for the company, as well as overseeing the company’s risk management and overall business performance. Johnston assumes these responsibilities as the new chief financial officer.

As president and CEO, James will oversee the organization’s business direction and strategy and will lead various initiatives to help expand the international growth of the fourth-generation, family-owned lumber company, one of the largest quartersawn sawmills in the United States.

“Steve is a proven leader at Frank Miller Lumber, and we’re pleased to see him move into a larger and more comprehensive role,” said Martha Miller Mathias. “His extensive knowledge of operational and financial management will continue to expand our existing assets and assist us in developing new business strategies.”

In 2012, James came to Frank Miller Lumber from DMAX-Ltd, a manufacturer of diesel engines and division of General Motors, where he spent approximately three years as CFO, overseeing the financial activities of the business. During this time, he oversaw accounts receivable, accounts payable, internal controls, payroll, fixed assets, budgets and forecasts for the DMAX joint venture between GM and Isuzu. In years prior, James held positions ranging from controller/finance team leader to lead financial analyst. James earned his Master of Science in manufacturing management from Kettering University and his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Michigan.

After owning her own business and working for 13 years as an accounting manager for an auto wiring harness supplier, Johnston joined Frank Miller Lumber in 2000 as controller, where her duties included the preparation of monthly financial statements, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll preparation, banking reporting and risk management. Johnston graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

Commenting on the new appointments, Mr. James said, “JoEllen and I are honored to be leading Frank Miller Lumber at such an important time in its history. We look forward to building on the strong foundation that has been established and to position the company for continued growth and success.”

About Frank Miller Lumber (www.frankmiller.com)
Frank Miller Lumber assists architects and designers realize the elegance and durability of quartersawn hardwoods in the most distinctive architectural endeavors. Established in 1903 and located in Union City, Indiana, Frank Miller Lumber produces exceptionally fine quartersawn and plainsawn hardwoods for manufacturers of fine furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork and flooring. Frank Miller Lumber’s quartersawn products are used in high-end commercial and residential construction around the globe.

Frank Miller Lumber to Barangaroo South in Sydney

 Latest in Company’s International Efforts

UNION CITY, Ind., November 10, 2015 — Criswell Davis, architectural marketing manager for Frank Miller Lumber, continuing education provider for the American Institute of Architects, university lecturer and international speaker on behalf of sustainable American hardwoods in design, will travel to Sydney, Australia, visiting the jobsite of Barangaroo South, a $6 billion transformation of the central business district in Darling Harbour. The project is Sydney’s largest urban renewal project since the 2000 Olympics, and destined to be as iconic a representation of Sydney as is the Opera House.

Joining Davis on the trip will be Mark Miller, export sales manager for Frank Miller Lumber, who manages the Australian market. Frank Miller Lumber’s FSC-certified quartersawn white oak was specified by developers Lend Lease for the interior fixtures, flooring and walls in the hallways and elevator lobbies of the three office towers. Frank Miller Lumber’s Australian distributor, Britton Timbers, has been actively involved in the project from the beginning with various species of hardwoods along with quartersawn American white oak. Britton Timbers is the largest importer of American hardwoods in Australia.

Miller and Davis will tour Britton Timbers’ Sydney and Melbourne distribution centers. Davis will offer the Britton Timbers sales staff in both locations a presentation on sustainable American hardwoods and Frank Miller Lumber’s quartersawing process. From Melbourne, the representatives of Frank Miller Lumber will travel to Tasmania to visit Britton Timbers’ blackwood sawmills with Glenn Britton, company chairman. The trip will provide Miller and Davis a chance to learn more about Australian timbers while exploring complementary application opportunities for Frank Miller Lumber’s premium quartersawn American hardwoods in Australia.

“This is my eighth trip to Australia and each time I am reminded of what a beautiful country it is and how welcoming Australians are,” said Davis. “All of us at Frank Miller Lumber are proud to be a part of Barangaroo South and of our long-standing relationship with Britton Timbers.”

Frank Miller Lumber and Britton Timbers are family-owned and world-renowned sawmill operations, both more than a century old. Earlier in 2015, Britton Timber representatives Glenn Britton and Dom McNeil, director, visited Frank Miller Lumber in Union City.

Britton Timbers  (www.brittontimbers.com.au), established in 1907, is a diversified Australian company with interests in timber harvesting, sawmilling, international timber import and export, and distribution. The Britton name has been synonymous with quality timber and outstanding customer service for more than 100 years.

Frank Miller Lumber (www.frankmiller.com), established in 1903 in Union City, Indiana, produces premium quartersawn and plainsawn hardwoods for manufacturers of fine furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork and flooring. Frank Miller Lumber’s quartersawn products are used in high-end commercial and residential construction around the world.

 

Frank Miller Lumber Promotes Josh Brennan to Vice President of Sales

Experienced Team Member Will Assist Company’s Ongoing Growth and Expansion

UNION CITY, Ind., June 3, 2013 — Frank Miller Lumber, the premier provider of exceptional quartersawn and plain sawn hardwoods, announces the promotion of Josh Brennan to vice president of sales. Brennan is responsible for directing the sales activities of the organization. He will assist in developing and maintaining company relationships with vendors, distributors or other external organizations, and work with the design and architecture communities as well as customers to implement premium hardwoods in designs and projects.

“We’re excited to bring Josh into this position,” said Dan Hackett, president and CEO of Frank Miller. “His background in leadership, decision making and management skills, as well as his experience with Frank Miller, will be great assets to our existing strengths and support us in creating new sales strategies.”

Brennan has been with Frank Miller Lumber for more than 13 years, contributing his skills and services to many facets of the organization, primarily in managing the Frank Miller Outlet retail store. The outlet has since grown to become a critical part of the company’s business. Located at the Frank Miller headquarters in Union City, Ind., it features a half-million board-feet of quartersawn and plain sawn lumber, a full line of veneer core hardwood plywood, and a wide variety of domestic and exotic wood species.

“We appreciate the effort from Josh and his team in helping us create a strong organization,” added Hackett. “We know he will continue to play an important part in our ongoing expansion.”

About Frank Miller Lumber

Frank Miller helps architects and designers realize the elegance and durability of quartersawn hardwoods in the most distinctive architectural endeavors. Established in 1903 and located in Union City, Indiana, Frank Miller produces exceptionally fine quartersawn and plain sawn hardwoods for manufacturers of fine furniture, cabinets, architectural millwork and flooring. Frank Miller’s quartersawn products are used in high-end commercial and residential construction around the globe where there is a significant architectural/design element to the project’s cabinets, millwork and flooring.