Repair & Care
Columbia is another company that has not been sitting on their hands in the recent economic downturn. The most notable changes since our last update are the additions of character type floors. Character floors provide more color variation and natural appearances, or something many are seeking today. An increased emphasis on wider plank floors exist but none exceed five inches wide.
One bright area lies in the distressed collection or as the company calls character hardwood floors. A unique idea is revealed in that most of these choices can be obtained either in their solid form or engineered. We can’t count the number of times a consumer falls for one color but the installation specifications prevent it. With this collection there’s no saying no and hoping to find something similar.
You won’t find imported exotics with this company any longer. Instead Columbia has geared up to showcase some of the US continent beauties such as Walnut, and Cherry. Other hardwoods not produced in quantity by others include Ash, White Oak, and a smattering of Pecan. The absence of exotics is also part of an ongoing move towards "environmentally accountable products."¹
Price wise, low budget engineered products still remain. Compared to others, standard oaks can be obtained at slightly higher prices. On the milling side of things, it is unfortunate Columbia hasn’t progressed into offering longer lengths particularly in their engineered. We find it common that all products are stuck in nine inch to 48 range.
Unfinished hardwood, sanded and finished on site is another product line worth considering with Columbia. Consult with local dealers on this one.Installer Ratings- Overall rating Average Quality Products.
Product Lines- Solid 3/4" Engineered 3/8" & 1/2" Plank Widths; 2 1/4" to 5"
Phone: (800) 654-8796
Website Notes: Informative. Larger collection of room scenes. (September 2012)