Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long refinishing a hardwood floor takes?

That depends on the size of the project. Normally sanding & finishing is a three day process, but allow four in case the finish isn’t dry from one day to the next, depending upon weather conditions.

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What is laminate Wood and engineered flooring?

Laminate Wood flooring is basically plywood With a veneer Wood on the top layer. Engineered flooring is basically vinyl attached to an underlayment. Despite what anyone tells you, these types of flooring cannot be refinished. There isn’t enough, if any, Wood to sand but if you must choose between laminate and engineered, the life expectancy of an engineered floor is longer.

What kind of hardwoods can I place on a concrete sub floor?

If moisture conditions are acceptable, two of the most widely used applications would be engineered hardwood floors glued direct With the proper adhesives, and floating engineered flooring types. The latter typically glued by tongue and groove and floated over a foam cushioned underlayment. Floating floors are also available in the click together style that require no gluing. More traditional 3/4″ solid hardwoods on concrete can be accomplished With the addition of a plywood sub floor, used as a nailing base over the concrete. However, this raises problems With door entries and other items. Overall vertical height of the new floor will increase by 1 1/2 inches. Unfinished engineered hardwood floors eliminate vertical height issues and can be stained or finished to any desires.

What about putting hardwood in my kitchen?

Hardwood is extremely durable, and With minimal care will far outlast most floor covering. Kitchens are the focal point in many homes and hardwood will warm your kitchen, making all your guests feel right at home. By taking such precautions as cleaning spills as they occur, keeping scatter rugs in high traffic areas such as in front of your sink, refrigerator, etc. Felt cushions on chair legs, and using proper cleaning procedures, your floor should maintain its beauty for years to come.

Can I put hardwood in my bathroom?

Hardwood is installed in 1/2 baths in many instances. If you have a tub or a shower, careful consideration should be given. Water and Wood do not mix!

Can I stay in my home during the floor sanding process?

Yes, however access to the floors will be restricted because of the need for a certain amount of drying time each day.

What about Prefinished (also called factory finished) versus unfinished (also called job-site finished) hardwood floor?

Unfinished product. A Prefinished floor can be installed in a day. An Unfinished flooring installation may require up to four days, depending upon the space.

What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of installing Prefinished hardwood flooring versus installing Unfinished hardwood flooring?

There is nothing better than an Unfinished hardwood floor that is sanded and finished on site. To help you understand the difference, you first have to understand the process. Prefinished flooring is manufactured in a facility mostly by conveyor belt method. After the hardwood is kiln dried, tongue and grooved, and beveled on the edges, it is placed on a conveyor belt where the stain (unless “Natural”) is applied and then dried on the top of the boards. From there, it continues down the conveyor belt where thin amounts of a water-based polyurethane finish are jet-sprayed on top of the boards. Each coat of finish is applied in a thin layer so that it will dry quickly before the boards reach the next set of sprayers. This process continues until each board has approximately 7 – 8 coats of sprayed-on type finish.

You should also know that each run that each time a new run is made, the dye lot changes. Sometimes the color will change just slightly, almost unnoticeable; however, sometimes the color is not even close to the color of the previous production. Prefinished flooring comes in a variety of thicknesses (i.e. Solid, laminate, engineered, etc.); however, the manufacturing process is the same.

Unfinished hardwood flooring, after it is sanded and finished, it is flat and smooth (if done properly). Most Unfinished hardwood flooring does not have a beveled edge so dust and dirt getting trapped between the boards is not a problem. If stained, the stain is applied in a wipe on, wipe off excess, technique which allows the hardwood to look more natural (as hardwood was intended to look) and, more importantly, the polyurethane finish is applied With an applicator in thick coats giving the customer a longer-lasting wear protection. Unfinished hardwood floor allows a Custom stained colors.

I am a handy guy, can I do it Myself? Is it easy?

Have you noticed how many websites around the Internet make it sound like hardwood floors is an easy weekend project. In my opinion there is far too much hype With “Do It Yourself” hardwood floors. Why? Online hardwood floors retailers want that sale and home improvement stores assume anything can be a do it yourself project. Some sites will provide you With a guide “how to do it yourself” , even videos, everything to make a sale.

If you’re looking at hardwood floors, consider a professional for the work. However, if you are determined, look at the pictures at your left and right, results from unexperienced hardwood floor installers and think again

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