• Princeton Hardwood was founded by Douglass G. Murray in 2000 in Cranford, New Jersey. Murray apprenticed with several of New Jersey’s most reputable flooring companies including Mannix Floors in Cranford, Paterson Sport Floors in Garwood, Harwood Floors Unlimited in South Amboy and Huggins in Westfield before starting his own company.
  • The company, which employs up to ten workers, provides free estimates and guarantees that once an estimate is given in writing there will be no cost overruns unless more work is requested by the client.
  • Princeton Hardwood buys its flooring from the top venders in the state and Murray personally inspects all wood before it is installed to make sure it is of the highest quality. Clients are offered the option of buying different grades of wood including Number 2, Number 1, Select/Better and Clear. Prices of wood vary according to their grade and species.
  • Princeton Hardwood lays all standard and exotic woods including Brazilian Cherry, Red and White Oak, Pine, Santos Mahogany, Wenge, and Bamboo. We also lay dance and aerobic floors with rubberized shock systems. Murray has laid out professional aerobic spaces including for Workout World in North Bergan and in Robbinsville.
  • 20 Years Experience and a Real Focus on Clients Satisfaction


We combine quality workmanship, superior knowledge and competitive prices to provide you with service unmatched by our competitors.


We have the experience, personel and resources to make the project run smoothly. We can ensure a job is done on time.


Work with us involve a carefully planned series of steps, centered around a schedule we stick to and daily communication.


Years on the International Market.

Completed Hardwood Floors Projects in 2020.

Skilled Professionals.


Our mission is simple we want to provide our clients/friends with flooring that is tailored to their needs or wants. We strive to be the best us we can be.


  • Can we install hardwood flooring if we have a dog or other indoor pets?

    Most hardwood floors are installed in homes with pets, however, a pet’s claws may scratch the finish of the wood flooring. Also, pet damage to the flooring is not warranted by the manufacturers in most situations. Keep the pet’s claws trimmed and clean up any messes immediately.  It is best not to put the pet’s food or water bowl directly on the wood flooring.

  • What is the most durable hardwood floor available?

    Most hardwood floors are treated with up to 10 coats of an aluminum oxide finish. While this certainly helps the durability of the floor, it is the hardness of the floor that will give the best indication of durability. Refer to the janka rating for a true indication of hardness on selected species.

  • Is it safe to use hardwood flooring in a kitchen?

    Use caution when installing hardwood flooring in a kitchen. A kitchen is prone to food and liquid spills which can raise the wood’s grain or permanently stain or damage a hardwood floor’s finish. Be sure to wipe up spills immediately with a dry, clean cloth.

  • Is a solid wood flooring better than an engineered wood floor?

    No. The thicker and better quality engineered woods will last for years and years and can be refinished once or twice. Also, the technology and factory applied, UV-cured urethane finishes with melamine that are used today by hardwood flooring manufacturers makes a really tough, durable finish and is available on both engineered and solid wood floors. Engineered wood floors are also much more dimensionally stable than solid hardwood flooring so they can be used in many situations where solid wood is not recommended.

  • Can we install hard wood flooring over a concrete slab?

    Engineered wood floors can be glued down or floated over a dry, clean, fully-cured concrete slab that is on or below grade. If moisture or humidity is very high at times of the year, perhaps a non-wood flooring option would be a better choice.  There are installation methods used by some hardwood installers to install a 3/4″ solid wood floor over a concrete slab, which includes a vapor barrier and building up a wood subfloor on top of the concrete slab. This is not recommended by most hardwood manufacturers–and it also adds considerable cost to the project. Installing an engineered wood floor over a concrete slab would be preferable.

  • Can we put hardwood flooring over an existing floor?

    In some situations an engineered wood floor can be floated (or glued down) over the top of an existing floor. The existing flooring has to be fully adhered to the sub-floor and be compressed enough so there is no bounce. For example, it is possible to install over a low profile commercial type level loop carpet, or glued-down vinyl flooring or tile. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s warranty to see if installing over an existing floor covering is covered under the warranty. Also, be sure the installer follows the manufacturer’s recommended installation procedures

  • Can I use a paste wax on my hardwood flooring?

    Today’s wood floors do not require a paste wax to the finish and paste waxes should not be used. Most hardwood floors today have some type of urethane finish and will cloud up and become sticky if a paste wax is applied to the finish.


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