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    Harbor Springs & Petoskey Michigan     
                                Natural Wood Flooring ~ BioFuels                                


Fairbairn Enterprises have been in the business of Natural Wood Flooring for over 35 years. We offer a full line of Solid, Engineered, Laminated, and Cork flooring. We can obtain most brands either Pre or Unfinished, so call us for a price on the brand you are looking at. Look to see a few of the Manufacturers we handle. Whether it’s a conventional nail or glue down, in-floor radiant heat or floating floor instillation, we have the experience needed to make your next natural flooring project a happy one.

If you're in the need of a custom made, completely wood Medallion, Inlay, Border or Parquet send us your design or photo for a fast quote. We engineer them to any flooring project from ¾’’ solid to ¼’’ engineered.


Our custom wood vents are made from any species of wood your working with. ½’’ to ¾’’ standard or louvered - flush mount or drop in. They make the perfect final touch to your flooring project.


                          FLUSH MOUNTS                                             SELF RIMMING                                       

 Flush with Frame wood floor vents for hardwood flooring and wood paneling, hardwood floors                             Self Rimming wood floor vents for hardwood flooring and wood paneling, hardwood floors
                                                 Flush Mount Insert                                                                              Drop In

Flush mount wooden floor registers install flush with your hardwood floor. It is designed to lay flat with the surface of the wood flooring, provides two way diffusion and is the preferred style for most hardwood floors where an architecturally smooth look is desired. Each frame is grooved on the outside to accommodate most tongue and groove flooring. It is recommended to install them during the installation of your hardwood floor.    




Armstrong Solid/Engineered/Laminate

Bruce Solid/Engineered/Laminate

Century Solid/Engineered


Dansk Bamboo/Engineered

HomerWood Solid/Engineered


Karelia Engineered

Lauzon Solid/Engineered

Lyphus Solid/Engineered


Mannington Engineered


Mirage Solid/Engineered


Mullican Solid/Engineered


Robbins Solid/Engineered

Timeless Flooring Solid/Engineered


Wilson Art Laminate


Wicander Cork



Advanced finish technology and innovative products make wood one of the most easy-care flooring materials today. A few preventive measures can preserve a beautiful finish and keep maintenance to a minimum.

 1. Never use sheet vinyl or tile floor care products on your prefinished wood floors. Self polishing acrylic waxes cause wood to become slippery and appear dull quickly. The only remedy in this situation is to sand and refinish the floor. Non wax floor cleaners work the best.

2. Place mats and throw rugs at doorway exteriors and interiors to help prevent the tracking of grit, dirt and sand.

3. Never wet-mop a wood floor. Standing water can dull the finish, damage the wood and leave a discoloring residue.

4. Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a slightly dampened towel.

5. Any no-wax floor cleaner will work on your new Lauzon* floor. It’s what makes prefinished floors an easy clean up.

6. Put soft plastic or fabric-faced glides under the legs of furniture to prevent scuffing and scratching.

7. Remember that cleats, sports shoes and high heels can dent any floor surface. When a 125 pound woman takes a step in high heels she exerts 2,000 psi (pounds per square inch). An exposed heel nail can exert up to 8,000 psi.

8. When moving heavy furniture, completely pick up the furniture and carry rather than slide to best protect the wood flooring.

9. For wood flooring in the kitchen, place an area rug in front of the kitchen sink.

10. Use a humidifier in the home throughout the winter months to keep all wood movement and shrinkage to a minimum.


                                                      HARDNESS TABLE



 For Domestic & Exotic Wood Flooring Species:

The Janka (or side) hardness test measures the force required to embed a .444 inch steel ball to half its diameter in wood. This is one of the best measures of the ability of wood species to withstand denting and wear. It is also a good indicator of how hard a species is to saw or nail.

The higher the number the harder the wood

Douglas Fir            


So. Yellow Pine (loblolly & short leaf) 


So. Yellow Pine (longleaf)    


American Cherry                




Black Walnut                 


Heart Pine                       


Yellow Birch                    


Red Oak (Northern)          


American Beech                




White Oak                           


Australian Cypress               


Hard maple                           




African Pedauk     










Santos Mahogany                 




Brazilian Cherry                          



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  • Solid vs EngineeredAcrylic impregnated
    a pre-finished product that through a high-pressure treatment, acrylic and color are forced in the pores throughout the thickness of the wood. The "finish" is inside the wood, creating an extremely hard surface. These floors are highly resistant to abrasion and moisture and appeal most often to commercial installations, but can be used residentially. The many styles available are the same as laminated floors.
  • Engineered/Laminate wood flooring
    Laminate wood flooring is produced by bonding layers of veneer and lumber with an adhesive. Laminate wood flooring is available in pre-finished and unfinished. These products are more dimensionally stable and are ideal for glue-down installation or float-in installation above grade, on grade or below grade, including basements and humid climates. Laminate wood flooring is produced in:
    Strip - thick nesses of 5/16", 3/8", 1/2" or 5/8" and in widths of 2" and 2 1/4"
    Plank - thick nesses of 5/16", 3/8", 1/2" or 5/8" and in widths of 3" to 8"
    Parquet - one-piece wood tile available in 9" x 9" or 8" x 8" and other patterns.




  • Pre-finished wood flooring
    Pre-finished flooring is factory sanded and finished flooring that only needs installation. Comes in many colors, species and sizes.



  • Cutting method -Solid vs Engineered
  •  Solid wood flooring
    Solid wood flooring is completely lumber. It is available in unfinished and pre-finished. Solid wood flooring is produced in:
    Strip - in thick nesses of 1/2" or 3/4" in widths of 1 1/2, 2" and 2 1/4"
    Plank - in thick nesses of 1/2" or 3/4" and widths of 3" to 8"
    Parquet - geometrical patterns composed of individual wood slats held in place by mechanical fastening or an adhesive.

  • Unfinished wood flooring
    Unfinished flooring is a product that must be job-site sanded, stained if desired, and finished after installation. This has been the American staple in hardwood floors for many years. Commonly called "Strip flooring", this product has not changes for many years as to size, cuts & grades. A 3/4" thick unfinished strip floor can be sanded from 4 to six times in its lifetime.

Each Category having 3 Sub-Categories of:

  • Parquet
    wood pieces forming pattern/design-thick nesses of 1/4"- 5/16" 1/2" & 3/4" mostly glue down.
  • Plank
    board face widths 3" & up to 12" with thick nesses from 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 5/8", 9/16" and 3/4", glue or nail down.
  • Strip
    usually considered the "hardwood floor", face width sizes of 1 1/2", 2 1/2" and 2 1/4", with 1/2" and 3/4" thick nesses, glue or nail down
    NOTE: As a rule 3/4" products are mostly nailed (larger parquet patterns are both nailed and glued)





  • * * Specifics about your wood floor: * *


Now that we know that they are many, many products to choose from, let's get a little more specific in the decision making process. These requirements should always be in the equation of what type of floor is right for you, your conditions, and your budget. Most importantly, this will educate you, and your contractor about what is required for proper and good installation.

The following list of requirements should be covered and/or included in specifications and contracts before the final wood floor selection is made. Never assume the top grade or cut is being used.

  • Sub floor:
    What will it be? Is this on the manufacturer's recommendation of the product you want use? The manufactures specifications should be followed as well as if not in conjunction with industry guidelines. Over concrete slabs, lets say, 1/8" of deviation in 10 feet is the norm. Plywood sub floors should not contain more than 4 % +/- of moisture than the flooring being laid over it.
  • Installation:
    What is the nailing schedule (how far apart are the nails placed) or what type of adhesive is needed (always use manufacturers adhesive products-if not warranties may be voided). Whether you, your architect, builder, or designer helps in the decision-making about your wood floors, you must do your homework. The following are additional details you must consider, or have specified when knowing what hardwood floor will be installed.

Type of Installation?


  • Floated - usually 1/8" urethane foam sheeting or may be glued directly to sub floor
  • Glued - using Manufacturers recommended adhesive

        Nailed or Stapled (all 3/4" material) - as per manufacturers specifications of nailing schedule

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