Take a moment and think about some of the wood floors you’ve seen and thought “Wow, those look amazing!”. It’s true, the wood played a large part, but it was the finish system used that really brings out the beauty and protects it from wear. Choosing the right finish system for your home is just as important as choosing the wood.
It all starts with what color you would like to floor to be. Using stains and dyes we can make your floor just about every color under the rainbow – from white to black, green, red, blue, and even finishes that have real gold flecks in them. We have the color for you. We can even use solvent-free reactive stains to give your floor a one-of-a-kind look.
Next comes the finishes. Gone are the days of being on your hands and knees waxing a wood floor (unless you want that). And gone is the constant maintenance to keep them looking good. Today’s finishes not only bring out the beauty of wood but offer unsurpassed durability. We specialize in low VOC waterborne urethanes, 0 VOC penetrating oils and hardwax oils. These are fast drying and low odor so you can enjoy your new floors as soon as possible. Which one is best for you? We can get you the look you want with the protection you need using some of the best finishes in the world.
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What should I expect when my floors are being done?
Knowing what to expect before, during, and after the work takes place will help ensure a high-quality job.
Before work begins, remove all furnishings, draperies, paintings, and other items from the room. For new installations, the wood will need to acclimate, which will vary from two days to two weeks.
If your floors are being sanded, finished or refinished, be prepared for some noise and disruption. Dust containment systems can minimize debris, but no system is 100% effective, so cover any items that you want to keep dust-free. When the finish is applied, stay off your floors until it has dried. The time required will vary depending on the type of finish used.
After the finish has dried, put felt pads on the bottoms of any furniture to minimize scratches and dents. Place scatter rugs at all entrances, avoiding those with rubber backs, which can discolor your floor. Avoid walking on your floors with cleats or high heels in disrepair.
Keep in mind that no two floor boards will be identical. Variations in appearance are completely normal. As your floor ages, some color change can occur. This also is normal, but can be minimized by limiting exposure to direct sunlight, and periodically moving furniture and rugs. Cracks are normal as well, and will appear and disappear between floor boards during seasons of high and low humidity. Generally, anything less than the width of a dime is considered normal, and will correct itself as seasons change. Flooring inspectors recommend inspecting the floor from a standing position in normal lighting to identify irregularities.
Finally, keep your wood floors looking their best by properly maintaining them. Use a cleaning product recommended for your floors and use it regularly to keep them looking beautiful for years to come.
Once installed, how often must wood flooring be replaced?
Every hundred years or so. In fact, the heart pine floors in historic Bacon’s Castle in Virginia are more than three centuries old and counting. Simple care and maintenance keeps wood floors looking beautiful for a lifetime. Instead of laying an entirely new floor when the original is worn, wood floors can be rejuvenated with sanding and refinishing. When done by a wood flooring professional, wood floors need only to be refinished every 10 – 15 years or 10 – 12 times during a floor’s life. When a wood floor’s useful life is over, it’s completely biodegradable.