Choosing Flooring for Your Home
Floors are sanded with course-medium and fine grit sand paper and finished with 3 coats of polyurethane (either oil based polyurethane or water based polyurethane).
Oil based finish has a proven track record. However, the finish ambers with time and requires a lot more drying time and emits a strong vapor that is not only unhealthy but contributes to the depletion of the earth’s ozone. While water based finish has no odor or emits any vapor, allows for quicker cure time of the floors and is healthier environment for everyone in the home.
It really depends on the size of the job and species type of floor.
From start to finish, a 1,000 sq.ft oak hardwood floor job can be done in 2 – 3 days.
Oil based polyurethane finishes can take up to 10 – 14 hours and leave behind strong odor. Water based polyurethane can take up to 3-4 hours and leaves no odor.
No, even the best quality machines can’t collect all of the dust. When installing or refinishing your floors, our team uses a complete dust containment system. By doing this we can ensure cleanest of work environment, this allows for approximately 99% dust-free job.
It depends on the wood species you have on the floor. Some species do not accept stain as well, for example stained Oak will look different than stained Pine. When staining floors, it can help to bring out their true beauty. Depending on your preference naturally finished floors looks great as well. Ultimately the decision is yours. Stain is an upgrade and does cost a little more.
We can make up to 3 samples without additional charge. Customers pick three colors from our stain chart.
They are probably pet or water stains. The fact is that nobody can tell you if sanding will remove them until you physically try with a professional machine. If stains cannot be sanded out – the affected boards must be replaced.
Absolutely not! If stains cannot be sanded out – the affected boards must be replaced.
Yes, there is a charge on a room by room basis. All extra will be itemized on your free quote. Depending on township, we can also dispose of it for you.
No, we are insured as contractors only, as these are valuables of a homeowner. However we can help you with heavy furniture if discussed prior to start of job.
Yes. You can expect to see differences in your floor over the years.
The cause is usually from exposure to ultra-violet light from the rays of the sun, whether direct or indirect. This color change will be more noticeable in lighter colors, which will become darker over time. In addition, certain species like brazilian cherry, will naturally darken over the years. These changes are due to the natural characteristics of wood.
Yes, because wood is a natural product it will react to changes in its environment. The most common causes of separations are Mother Nature and dryness. The loss of moisture results in the most frequent reason for shrinkage of individual pieces and cracks. Most cracks are seasonal – they appear in dry months, or the cold season when heating is required and close during humid periods. This type of behavior is considered normal. We recommend to all customers to use humidifiers and dehumidifiers during the appropriate season as one of the ways to ensure your wood floors last as long as possible.