I’ve spent most of my life developing a love for the natural beauty of real wood floors.
From the time my father started Davis Floor Sanding & Refinishing in Champaign-Urbana in 1977, I’ve been around hardwood floors. At the age of 9, I was answering calls from customers and going with Dad to job estimates. By age 12, I was helping with little things like pulling staples, setting nails, and scraping corners. By 15, I was installing and refinishing. Once I graduated from high school, I began working full time for Dad and was soon doing it all – sanding & refinishing, patching, and installing. Though I certainly did a lot of refinishing, during the building boom of the late 80s and early 90s, I was installing new floors at least 40 hours a week. While I liked big, open areas for the speed in which the floor could go down, I was always particularly fond of unusual transitions and inlays – anything with added detail to make things more interesting.
Although I took a short break from floors to spend time in the Army, with a flooring business in the family, I couldn’t stay away for long. I continued working for my father until relocating to Omaha, NE for a short time. While there, I decided that I was going to start my own flooring business. I got things going in Omaha in 1998, and continued to build the business when I moved to Springfield, IL in 2001.
As of 2014, I have 30 years’ experience in the hardwood flooring business. I often think that in all this time, I’ve seen everything – but one thing I’ve learned is to never be surprised when I do I see something new. It’s exciting to find those unusual flooring situations and I look forward to the challenges they bring. But even if the floor isn’t one of those rare challenges, I look forward to seeing the look on customers’ faces when they see that new floor go in, or see an old, worn floor being refinished to look new again.
That’s the beauty of a nice wood floor. The warmth and comfort of real wood truly make you feel at home.