Wood Floor Refinishing
Refinishing and sanding your hardwood floors is necessary to preserve their quality and beauty. Any refinishing is done solely to enhance the wood’s natural color and protect it from the elements. The best time to sand and refinish your hardwood floors is when you move into a new house or apartment as all of the furniture, rugs, etc. need to be removed from the area during the process. Proper refinishing should last about 10 years. However, high traffic rooms will need to be done more often. Dustless sanding is available upon request.
Unfinished hardwood is available in solid and engineered; both types must be job site finished. These types of floors come in varying lengths and widths. Sanding and finishing can take anywhere from a few days to a week depending on size, stain, and number of top finish coats. Generally, the finishes are oil or water based. Our first priority is to protect the beauty of your home so whether you have finished or unfinished floors, we section off other areas and furniture to prevent sanding dust from spreading throughout your home. Our expert technicians also use dust containment systems to limit the amount of dust in the air. With refinishing, it is important to have as little air flow as possible in the area as airborne particles can become embedded into the newly applied finish. Something as simple as foot traffic or turning on the air conditioner/heating system can kick up dust. It is better to allow more time to dry to avoid problem areas in your floors.
Pre-finished Hardwood Floors
Pre-finished hardwood is the new main stream product in hardwood flooring. These types of floors can be acrylic impregnated, engineered, or solid. They have a tough factory finish, which is the main reason for their popularity. They are also extremely easy to install and eliminate the need for sanding. Most pre-finished floors done within the last ten years have aluminum oxide finishes. Test this by placing a couple drops of water on an obscure area; if the area turns white after 15 minutes, you have a waxed finish. Older floors are likely to have shellac or varnish finishes. Unfortunately, these do not work well with the newer urethane finishes and must be completely removed if you want a urethane finish.
* Oil-based stain is strongly recommended for wood flooring: no matter if the base coat is oil-modified or water based. The key is the stain has to be dry.
Nail Down/Staple Installation
In this method we nail down or staple solid or engineered wood strips to the subflooring (usually either plywood or plank wood). The floor is done with random length strips. A few strips are placed down and arranged prior to fastening to ensure proper placement and tautness.
Wood Floor Installation
Hardwood floors are an investment that will last for a long time with the proper installation and care. There are different modes of installation for engineered wood strips, solid wood strips, and parquet. With all modes of installation moisture testing is imperative to ensure proper installation. Installation can be a painstaking process but we take pride in leaving your home looking as beautiful as we found it. Our expert tecluiicians have seen every situation and are proficient in the three different types of installation for hardwood flooring.
In this method we glue together the tongue and groove of every plank and the floor floats over a foam cushioned padding. If the flooring has a locking system we can lock the pieces together without glue. This can be used with either laminate or engineered wood floor, but either way the flooring is pre-finished. Not all engineered surfaces can be floated. Floating installation can also be placed over subflooring of questionable quality unlike the other two modes. Also, floating floors are a great option if you have multiple layers of flooring and do not want to remove them all. Floating installation the wear layer is important to consider as the thicker the layer the more times it can be refinished. Generally, laminate flooring gives a hollow feeling underfoot with this mode of installation. Remember that floating floors expand and contract as a unit because the pieces of fused together. Allow for as much expansion area as possible.
In this method we glue down engineered wood strips or parquet directly to the subfloor. In these cases the subfloor is usually concrete, so we pay extra attention to moisture. With glue down installations, it is important to consider any kind of allergies and sensitivities to smell. We use acrylic based glue which is milder than some of the other options. Glue down installations can be walked on the next day and furniture can also be moved in.