The sanding of a wood floor is one of our favorite aspects of our profession! Slowly the wood starts to transform right before our eyes. Grain patterns start to get more defined, true colors start to be revealed. This is when the final beauty of a wood floor starts to take shape.
Whether we are sanding a newly installed or refinishing an existing floor, proper sanding technique is very important. Important also is using high quality machines and abrasives. How does this benefit you? Of course it adds to the beauty but it also contributes to the lasting durability. Floors don’t necessarily need to be sanded completely smooth. Hand scraped, distressed or wire brushed are just a few textures that can be enhance floor. We can get the look you want.
Do you have visions of a huge dust cloud when you think of your floors being sanded? It’s true, that may have been the case in the past. We have invested in state of the art HEPA dust extraction equipment to greatly reduce the amount of dust inside your home! This leads to a cleaner and safer environment for you and for us.
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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.