I (Josh) started Raphael Hardwood Flooring Inc. in 2001 at the age of 22. It was from the back of my Chevy Silverado & garage filled with flooring equipment that began what would eventually become the central valley's primary source for custom wood floors.
My love for installing & restoring antique floors began by working with Gary Rosene, owner & operator of Woodbridge Hardwood Co. in nearby Woodbridge, CA. From 1996-2000 Rosene took me on as an apprentice of where under his leadership we focused on high-end, residential wood floor projects.
I remain indebted to Gary where through his role as my teacher and boss he instilled in me the ongoing need for excellence in every floor. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this is something I really enjoyed. For the first time I really enjoyed coming to work & likewise working with wood. With time, a dream was realized through the birth of Raphael Hardwood Flooring Inc.
It's always exciting starting a new business! And with the excitement comes the opportunity to implement ideas itching to see the light of day. 2 ideas that rose to prominence in my case got their origin through an effort to solve other problems.
Let me digress...
Let's face it, wood floor sanding has gotten a bad rap for far too long. It is messy! Who wants all that dust? And as if that wasn't bad enough the finishes stink! Not only do they smell awful but every "floor guy" can recount stories of entire homes engulfed in flames. People tragically losing their lives due to toxic, flammable floor finishes combusting.
Something had to be done to give us floor guys a better rap!
Since this realization Raphael Hardwood Flooring has taken action to resolve these two significant drawbacks.
Problem #1 Toxic Finishes
Since our inception we have made a successful transition from toxic formaldehyde finishes to responsible waterborne polyurethane finishes. These advanced finishes from Pro-Coat provide superior scratch & scuff resistance all while honoring our commitment to our environment.
Pro-Coat has been committed to improving your environment one floor at a time since its inception by offering safer and greener alternatives for wood floor professionals and homeowners. Pro-Coat products now allow us to prepare, finish and maintain your floors natural beauty with Low VOC, NMP-free and low impact green products.
Problem #2 The Dust Nightmare
Sanding and finishing is typically a messy process that leaves dust in your home. Now, with our Dust Containment System, dust during resurfacing is greatly reduced. The dust containment system is connected to our sanding equipment with hoses and uses powerful vacuum motors to suck up the dust created through the sanding process, reducing dust far beyond what the traditional sanding process generates. Our dust containment system is just another way we are continuing to service our customers with quality workmanship.
It is now going on 10 years & we love our craft now more than ever. It's simple. Wood really is wonderful!
To learn more what makes us who we are, please give us a call @ 209.366.0664