Who We Are – About Accent Hardwood Flooring

About Accent Hardwood Flooring

Accent Hardwood Flooring was established in Durham, North Carolina in 1988. We service the entire Triangle, but focus on Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough. We strive to offer the best quality work and service available anywhere. Accent Hardwood Flooring, Inc. services include:

  • Job site finished and factory finished floors
  • Sanding and refinishing
  • Borders, medallions, and custom design
  • Stairway Installation
  • Mouldings and base shoe
  • Cleaning and waxing
  • Repairs

All work is performed by employees of Accent Hardwood Flooring. WE DO NOT USE SUB-CONTRACTORS. Our employees are trained and committed to excellence. They have all received extensive technical training, and many have attended advanced training schools offered by the National Wood Flooring Association. We are proud of our employees, and they in turn take pride in their work.

Accent Hardwood Flooring is a member of the National Wood Flooring Association, the International Association of Wood Flooring Professionals, and the World Floor Covering Association, and abides by their standards of professional conduct. Our membership allows us access to other professional wood flooring companies, and provides us with information about all wood flooring products and systems. We are also members of Durham Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Durham, Inc., National Association of Home Builders, and Preservation Durham.

Thank you for visiting our Web Site. Visit our showroom at 601 Foster Street, Durham, NC and see some of our work.

Hardwood Floors Magazine

In February, 2008, Genia Smith and Accent Hardwood Flooring, Inc. were featured in an article in Hardwood Floors Magazine.

Community Involvement

We here at Accent Hardwood Flooring believe that by actively giving back to the community that supports us, we are helping to make the Durham, Chapel Hill area, the very best place to visit and call home.

Accent Hardwood Flooring is proud to be affiliated with or contribute to the following organizations:

Accent Hardwood Flooring is proud to be affiliated with or contribute to the following organizations:

Downtown Durham Incorporated

Durham Chamber of Commerce

Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association

Durham Symphony

Carolina Theatre

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

NC Pride

Mallarme Players

Durham Central Park


Preservation Durham

Hosted a workshop on preserving an existing wood flooring in a historic home

North Durham Little League

Managed, coached, and sponsored numerous little league teams.

Habitat for Humanity

Donated material and labor for a wood flooring installation during the Builders Blitz in Orange County

Durham Center for Senior Life

Donated material and labor for the wood flooring on the stage in the auditorium.

Home for persons living with HIV

Donated material and labor for wood floor in kitchen area.

Fix-A-Home Project

Donated material and labor for wood floor in the  renovation and repair of homes for low income citizens

Salem Street Women’s House

Donated material and labor for wood flooring

Genia Smith – Owner

Genia Smith is president and owner of Accent Hardwood Flooring, Inc. founded by Ms. Smith in 1988. Ms. Smith has been in the hardwood flooring industry for over 30 years, working in all aspects of the industry, including installing, refinishing, repairing, and inspecting wood flooring. She is active in the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA). Ms. Smith served on the Contractor’s Board for the NWFA from 1997-2001. From 2001-2003, she served on the NWFA Convention Committee. She currently serves on the editorial committee of the Wood Flooring Business Magazine. She has led many round table discussions and served as facilitator for convention workshops. She is also active in the Home Builders Association and the Durham Chamber of Commerce. In 2004, Ms. Smith was certified as a Wood Flooring Inspector by the National Wood Flooring Manufacturers Association, one of only 20 inspectors nationwide licensed by NOFMA. She is also certified by the NWFA (License # CPO104129). In 2009, Ms. Smith was certified as a Wood Flooring Inspector by the International Association of Wood Flooring Professionals (IAWFP). She is active in the IAWFP, and was elected treasurer in 2010. Genia evaluates numerous flooring issues for homebuilders, flooring contractors, distributors, and wood flooring manufacturers throughout the Southeast.

1999 Completed NWFA Advanced Installation School
2001 Awarded Craftsman Degree by NWFA
2003 Completed NOFMA Inspector School
2003 Awarded Vanguard Degree by NWFA
2004 Inspector Certification awarded by NWFA
2004 Inspector Certification awarded by NOFMA
2005 Completed NWFA Inspector Certification School
2006 Completed Certification Training for the Independent Inspector: Advanced Hardwood Course, Howard Brickman, instructor
2007 Completed NOFMA Inspector School
2008 Completed NWFA Inspector Symposium
2008 Completed Bona Inspector School
2008 Participated in Hardwood Flooring Summit
2009 Completed Wood Identification for Flooring Professionals, NC State Wood Products Extension
2009 Participated in NC State Panel Discussions on Engineered Wood Flooring
2010 Completed Engineered and Laminate Flooring Update for Inspectors, NC State Wood Products Extension
2011 Completed Wood Flooring Inspector Workshop, NC State Wood Products Extension
2013 Accredited by The Floor Inspectors Educational Guild- “The Science behind Solid Wood Flooring Inspection”
2014 Participated in Forest Products Laboratory “Wood Science and Building Envelope Science”
2015 Completed “Wood Touch-Up and Repair” presented by Mohawk Finishing Products”
2016 Particpated in Inspector Symposium
2017 Participated in Inspector Symposium
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