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Greater Finish crafts floor vent covers from tile, stone, and other materials to match any surface.

 

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About Us

In 2012, Greater Finish was founded by Miroslav Kukla and his son Dominic in Portland, Oregon.

At that time Miroslav had been perfecting tile floor vent covers for over 7 years, mostly as a side-project. Having spent more than 25 years in the construction business, he knew that he was making something special. And so did his son.

In a move that was both bold and unexpected, Dominic decided to put his third year of college on hold to help his father. Together, they are blazing a trail into uncharted territory, improving the quality of people’s homes and the livelihood of their own.

Miroslav with his wealth of experience and superior craftsmanship, and Dominic with his drive and resourcefulness have founded Greater Finish.

Greater Finish is here to provide you with the highest quality tile floor vent covers available.

Want to know more? Just ask.

Mission Statement

To provide the highest quality floor vent covers with world-class service  and loyalty to our customers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I order?

Fill out an order form and send it to us via email or fax (sales@greaterfinish.com or 503.231.8805). You may pay electronically as soon as you receive your invoice or send a check with your order.

How long will it take to receive my vent cover?

Your custom floor vent cover will be sent out two weeks from the date we receive your material.

How does the product function differently once installed?

Your custom floor vent covers are easy to install, remove, clean or work around. They are flush with your floor and fixed in place, simplifying mopping and sweeping and staying out of your way. You simply treat them like the rest of your floor while the weight of foot traffic and furniture are safely withstood.

Which materials do you work with?

Your custom floor vent cover can be made out of natural stone, porcelain, slate, granite, marble, or any other sort of tile- and is supported by a 3/16” aluminum backing.

How do I order a custom design?

If you would like to order your own personalized design, please indicate so on the order form. You will need to send us an image or sketch of the design you’d like. We will provide you with a quote, and then show you how it looks in our computer program before beginning production.

How is it installed?

First, provide us with the material you want your vent cover to match; make sure it’s twice the amount you need.. Keep in mind that the surrounding area will need to be prepared before installation to fit your vent cover. See instructions below for preparation and installation.

 

 

Installation Instructions

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Simple.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
-Leonardo da Vinci

Persistence

“PERSISTENCE is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL.

Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair. Men who accumulate great fortunes… have will-power, which they mix with persistence, and place back of their desires to insure the attainment of their objectives.

The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. A few carry on DESPITE all opposition, until they attain their goal. These few are the Fords, Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Edisons.

There may be no heroic connotation to the word “persistence,” but the quality is to the character of man what carbon is to steel…

The hidden Guide lets no one enjoy great achievement without passing the PERSISTENCE TEST. Those who can’t take it, simply do not make the grade.”

-Napoleon Hill

Life is an echo

Zig Ziglar once said,

“Life is an echo –

What you send out -
comes back.

What you sow -
you reap.

What you give -
you get.”

This quote really had an impact on me today. Right when I heard it, I opened up a word document and began typing up the quote. When I finished, I printed it. And it now hangs up on my wall.

I post quotes on my wall to keep me motivated, inspired, sharp.

This quote in particular though was very powerful. And I think it applies not only to people, but to companies.

Whatever we put out in this world we are going to get back. That’s why it’s so important to give. If you want success or peace or happiness… all you have to do is give.

One great thinker stated that when he was poor he would go around and give all of his money away, and then it would all start flowing back to him.

It’s an amazing concept. That the universe is an echo. That the world we live in might be a reflection of ourselves.

What does this mean for businesses?

I recently read a book, Word of Mouth Marketing, that I would highly recommend. The author points out numerous ways that you can generate positive word of mouth. But the general idea of the book is that you get back what you put out. If your company gives bad service, or ruins a customer’s day, then you are creating bad word of mouth.

If however, you can be remarkable, if you can make people’s day.. then they will help you spread the word!

“Underdogs Win All The Time.”

Malcolm Gladwell’s voice was bellowing out from the large speaker in my room. I was listening to his new book, David and Goliath.

“Underdogs win all the time.” He said.

Malcolm writes that there is a big misunderstanding when it comes to David and Goliath. He points out that David used guerrilla tactics to beat Goliath. In his brilliant story-telling fashion, Malcolm describes the scene in which David uses his sling shot (instead of the expected sword and shield) to kill Goliath.

As Malcolm Gladwell said, “he substituted speed and surprise for strength.”

Mr. Gladwell noted that “when a bigger army attacks a smaller army, if the smaller army fights them straight up, it will only win 28.5 % of the time. If however, the smaller army uses unconventional, guerrilla warfare, it will win 63.6 % of the time.”

As well as warfare, this concept applies to business and life.

I think it is important – and useful – to start thinking of yourself as the underdog (even if you aren’t).

Consider thinking about yourself as the underdog and asking yourself, how can I go at this unconventionally? How can I use surprise and speed, and guerrilla tactics to be better at public speaking? At coding? At dance?

How about at business?

At Greater Finish – being a smaller start-up – we have decided to act unconventionally. We spend 20% of our time thinking about vents and tiles, and we spend 80% of our time thinking about our customers. That’s why we strive to offer a remarkable service and create long term relationships.

The Ethic of Hard Work

The chiming, ringing bells of my alarm clock woke me up before the sun had risen.

I jumped out of bed, completed my morning crunches, push-ups, and hopped in a freezing cold shower.

Afterwards I dressed, laced the laces on my black shoes and sat down to begin working.

A greater finish tile lay sitting by my computer, next to a white board. Blue writing displayed my daily tasks and goals.

The life on an entrepreneur is not easy work. It requires sweat and toil. More hours than 9 to 5. I’ve read though, that, “You will get back in this world what you put in.”

Starting my own company has taught me as much about the ethic of hard work, than it has about vents, floors, and tiles.

I have come to realize, and believe that hard work improves the character of a person. So what ever you’re working towards, realize and believe, that whatever you put in, you will get back.

As Zig Ziglar once said, “how far you go on the job, is determined by what you do off the job.”

And for us entrepreneurs – the lines begin to blur. When are you on the job and when are you off? These two opposing forces, that appear to be against each other, that appear to be fighting for each other’s time – I have come to believe – are really complementary. One could not exist without the other. They create each other. They define each other. They become each other.

So I realize that I am in the business of building and creating the utmost quality of vents, so that I can serve my customers wants and needs. And at the same time I am in the business of building and creating myself, so that I can serve my friends, family, humanity, and the planet.

Balance

I stood balancing, my weight on my left foot. I could feel my toes gripping the sidewalk, which was scattered with orange and yellow leaves.

Lunge, to balance. Lunge to balance.

After a particularly long walking set, I reached the end of my block. I stood there, my weight again, balancing on my left foot. I thought about the concept of balance.

It seems so easy, in our lives, to get out of balance. We have so many things to juggle. Work, family, friends – strong ties, weak ties – exercise, nutrition, reading, meditation, improvement, acceptance.

Balance was one thing I had been striving for recently.

I walked the half block back to my home, opened the dark wooden gate, and entered through the back door. Vents and tiles lined the workshop. To create a vent requires hard work and precision. In my mind, it requires balance in all other areas of life.

These vents to me have always served as a powerful metaphor. They are nearly unbreakable. When I see them, they anchor me, they remind me to be solid and strong.

When we first started Greater Finish, we embarked on a journey of self-improvement. I would like to share something that I’ve learned along the way: “I think it is better to attain self-acceptance before chasing self-improvement.”

With the Heart

What does it take to be successful?

Certainly, intelligence is a key factor.

Intelligence will help us get organized and make a plan. It will help us make rational decisions. It will allow us to find solutions to the problems at hand.

But is intelligence enough?

A brief statement has returned to my mind and refused to leave- coming from Dale Carnegie if I recall- that the secret to being successful is to put your heart into whatever you do.

Working through the heart means working with emotion. It means following our passion. Listening to our intuition. Not being afraid. Having hope. Desiring something so badly, without any explanation needed, that we are willing to stake our very existence on it.

The heart is the driving force that allows us to carry out the head’s plans.

Surely, both our head and our heart are necessary for our success. Perhaps balancing these two forces is one of the keys to life.

So, I ask myself- is my heart behind custom floor vents? Am I passionate about heat registers?

To answer this question, I stop thinking. I listen and feel the answer within myself-

Yes.

The One Thing That’s Missing From Your Home

Mirek and his son Dominic Kukla realized that there was one thing missing from many homes.

They understood that there was one thing many tile and floor companies simply weren’t doing.

Interior Designers were drafting decadent, beautiful homes. But – quite often – they were forgetting the finishing touch.

They were forgetting to finish the floor.

Have you ever seen old, seemingly misplaced floor vents in otherwise beautiful homes?

Dominic and his father had seen it all the time.

Mirek had worked in construction business for over 20 years and had seen many great homes, always left with a visible flaw.

They decided to help homeowners fix the flaw by founding Greater Finish.

Both Mirek and Dominic understood that details count.

As Charles R. Swindoll said, “The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.”

Through attention to detail: We strive to be the difference between a good floor and a Greater one.

Greater Finish has already helped hundreds of home owners finish their floor.

Our company creates custom floor vents to match any surface in your home.

I thought I might introduce myself at the end of this article. My name is Eric Earle. I have been blogging and creating radio shows for over a year. I am now a blogger and social media expert at Greater Finish.

My purpose with these blog articles is to bring you value. At first I wanted to write a story about who we are, our company, and the like. My mission over the next few weeks, months, and years, is to bring you as much value as possible. This means I will be giving free, weekly advice about interior design, remarkable ideas, and crafting your companies purpose.

Thanks for reading.

Contact Us

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Mirek Kukla

  • mirek@greaterfinish.com

Dominic Kukla

  • dominic@greaterfinish.com

Address
1145 SE Spokane St.
Portland, Oregon 97202

Phone
(971) 563 2811
Fax
1-877-509-1489