With the wide variety of high-quality flooring materials that National Floors Direct offers, it’s no surprise that the flooring experts have provided restoration and renovation services for a variety of historic New York City cultural sites. One of the best examples of this is National Floors Direct’s work at the Historic Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park.
National Floors Direct was contracted to provide flooring restoration services for the remarkable location, which underwent significant renovations starting in 2009 to restore neglected materials and upgrade to more durable options – without losing the classic Pier A design focused on remarkable views of the Statue of Liberty. The site, a massive running restaurant and bar area designed for community gatherings, also includes a treasured WWI memorial and plenty of inside and outside seating.
Pier A chose National Floors Direct for their experience and products, but one specialty, in particular, helped the flooring company rise to the challenge: Their experience with restoring and replacing hardwoods and offering particularly durable materials for high foot traffic areas. Pier A’s running bar style is popular with both tourists and locals, but the design of the space, including beautiful hardwood sections, sees a high amount of activity throughout the day. This can lead to quick wear and tear, which is why Pier A was interested in finding the right hardwoods and materials for lots of foot traffic.
National Floors Direct was able to assist thanks to their experience with a wide variety of hardwoods, which they offer in many different colors and plank patterns to meet the needs of different areas. This includes both traditional hardwoods and engineered hardwoods:
Traditional Hardwoods: These solid hardwood floors from National Floors Direct feature authentic wood products cut from solid lumber. It’s unique, beautiful, and allows owners to choose specific species based on the type of grain, texture, color, and durability that they want. This is particularly useful for historic locations that want to replace aging materials without sacrificing quality while meeting specific historic restoration goals. However, because hardwoods do react to moisture and humidity, it’s important to consult with an expert like National Floors Directabout which woods are the best choice, and where to use them.
Engineered Hardwoods: Engineered hardwoods use real hardwood strips on a plywood base, fused together to create durable, lightweight planks for easy installation. This creates a durable material that provides an authentic look at a more affordable price. It can be a particularly good choice for those look to save money on specific installations, or those looking to cover concrete and other materials with wood planks without worrying about warping or other issues.
The Historic Pier A Harbor House is only one of the historic renovation projects that National Floors Direct has undertaken. Other examples include restorations at Canal Street Market and contracts with HCRE to help upgrade multiple locations in Soho, Chinatown, LES, and more. National Floors Direct offers services throughout the state and region, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New England.