About Us

        

For 30 years now, Owner Cuddy Wolf (3rd generation) and son, Brandon Wolf (4th generation)have built a solid reputation as one of Harford County's most reliable and professional floor installation and sanding and refinishing companies. They are committed to providing quality service at prices you can afford. Their belief that a reputation as an honest and reliable business is the recipe for success.


     The father and son team come from a few generations of floor sanders. Cuddy's dad was a floor sander for the John K Eareckson floor company in Baltimore, Md for 44 years. Cuddy helped his dad out periodically on the weekends while still in school, learning the basics of floor sanding and refinishing the "old school"way. His grandfather was  a flooring scraper and finisher for The Pioneer Hardwood Flooring Company located on the corner of President and Fleet Streets around 1912 in Baltimore City.He than started his own business prior to WWI in 1916 Wolfs Hardwood Floor Scrapers and Refinishing. Back around the turn of the century, floors were primarily scraped with scrapers to ready them for finishing. Pictures to the right show the men scraping floors instead of the floor sanding equipment we use today.

For more information, send us a request on our Contact Us page, call us at 443-804-5437 or 443-866-1910. Let us come out and show you what we can do for you. No obligation, no pressure, just a great price!

 

A Brief History of Wood Flooring

Wood flooring made its appearance in the Middle Ages, with some of those 800-year old floors still in use today. The upper levels were the most common placement, with the most expensive floors being stained colors, laid in patterns, parquets and even marquetry. Less costly floors were decorated with painted patterns and designs starting in the early 1600's, with the genesis probably being painted oilcloths which are still popular today. 

Colonial times brought smooth pine boards, and the 18th century saw painting to simulate stone and simple checked patterns combined with floor cloths in elaborate designs and marbelized diamond patterns being very common. These were used primarily in hallways, dining rooms and parlors. Finer cuts of wood and inlayed designs were limited to the formal and nicer rooms. 

The 19th century was characterized by unfinished pine that evolved to being stained and finished by mid-century. Pine soon became subflooring as parquet got popular, with prefabricated parquet patterns being sold to install on cloth yielding "wood carpet." Herringbone oak parquet patterns abounded with the emergence of custom borders featured in dining rooms, libraries, and drawing rooms.

The 20th century visited lighter woods in the 20's and 30's, with strip oak the standard in the 30's, 40's and 50's. Peaking in 1956, wood flooring was overwhelmed by carpet following the FHA's acceptance for new home construction. Throughout the 60's and 70's hardwood flooring was a specialty surface utilized very selectively until the appearance, durability, health and maintenance benefits returned it to favor again in the 80's and 90's.

This group of men were hand scraping this floor getting it ready to finish.
This labor intensive job paid very little for the work each laborer
had to put forth.



This is an actual French painting entitled "Floor Scrapers", showing in
great detail the art of scraping hardwood floors.




Here is a picture ot of a family album of two brothers with the tools of their trade...floor scrapers.



This is a receipt for wood purchased from The Pioneer Hardwood Floor Company in 1919.
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