2016 EBSCO Research Best Pick

Emperial Hardwood Floors

16th year as a Best Pick

  • A-Rated
  • Verified General Liability
  • Verified Workers' Comp

We care about our customers. At Emperial Hardwood Floors, we have a great deal of pride in the work that we do. Our goal is to make every customer happy so that they refer us to their friends. That's how we built the business.

Ricky Core | Owner

Areas Served:

North Atlanta, Cherokee, Dunwoody/Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek & Cumming, Cobb/Marietta

  • Services Offered
    Emperial Hardwood Floors specializes in refinishing hardwood floors, installing both prefinished and site-finished flooring, and installing step treads and wrought iron balusters.
  • Services Not Offered
    The company does not perform repair-only jobs.
  • Warranty
    Emperial provides a one-year warranty on workmanship.
  • Company History
    Emperial is a family business that has been owned and operated in the North Atlanta area by the husband-and-wife team of Ricky and Lori Core since 1979.
  • Product Information
    According to the company, Emperial uses a 90 percent dust-free system. The company hangs plastic in room openings, over cabinets, and in other open areas. Emperial offers Bona Traffic HD water-based urethane and Craftsman's Choice oil-based polyurethane.

Select Quotes from Customer Interviews

A selection of 263 homeowner reviews:


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I went with Emperial Hardwood. I love them. The owner was great, and overall, I was very satisfied. He really worked with me and listened to what I wanted every step of the way. They paid a lot of attention to details, and I can't say enough good things about them. I would grade them as an A+.
I used Emperial, and it was fantastic. They refinished all my existing hardwood floors and added new floors in one room and a couple of other areas. They also brought in stair people and totally rebuilt two staircases. They did a lot. They were definitely an A-grade company.
It was outstanding. We had them refinish all the floors on two levels. The house was empty because we were just getting ready to move into it. I was also out of state at the time, so I dealt remotely with the owner. He was very responsive. The quality of the work was outstanding. They're an A to me.
Emperial Hardwood did a good job. The color exactly matched our existing hardwood floors. They had a nice cleanup service—they hauled everything off. It was perfect, and somebody came out later to check and make sure it was fine. We had already changed out our whole house to hardwood floors with the exception of this one room, so they had to come in, measure, pull up the existing carpet, and then try to match the hardwood floor. We had existing hardwood floors, but the stain wasn't on them, so they had to match the stain on the new part to the stain on the old part. They refinished and stained them. I'd give them an A. The other thing I liked about them and the reason why we used Emperial is because fours year ago, I called about small knots in the floor. The people who'd done all the rest of our hardwood floors have gone out of business, and I had a small knot that sort of deteriorated and left this hole. I said, 'Will you guys come out and repair it?' And she said, 'No, no, no. Here's what I suggest that you do. I would just get a little bit of wood putty, sort of smooth it down, and take a little marker to go over it.' I liked what she said because she didn't say, 'Yes, we can come out there and fix it for you.' She was very sensible in terms of my budget and said it was just a tiny little thing with a small fix. I liked that.
They put hardwood floors throughout the first floor. They did a fantastic job, and they were very hardworking. They worked from the second they walked in the door until the minute they walked out. I'd give them an A.
I went with Emperial Hardwood Floors, and they were great. They replaced hardwood in one area and installed hardwood throughout. One room had old hardwood, so they had to remove it. Then, they installed new hardwood there and in an additional space. I'd give them an A.
When we moved in, we had to have some hardwoods installed in the bedrooms downstairs and on the stairs going upstairs. It was Emperial who did the work; I remember Ricky. They get an A.
Emperial Hardwood Floors did a second job for me two weeks ago. They removed carpeting and installed hardwood flooring. They did a great job. They were efficient, quick, and clean, and they moved all the furniture in and back out. The owner was a very nice the gentleman, and the work was great. I would recommend them, and I'd definitely give them an A.
This is the second time I used them. The job was quite a while ago now, but it was very good. They refinished our floors upstairs. They get an A grade from me.
They completed the work and did a good job. They sanded the hardwood floors. I'd give them an A.

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