We generally inspect the site to determine exactly what needs to be done, and to create an accurate price quotation. Some of the variables we look for are:
We need a dry, smooth subfloor and if necessary we sand it and clean it thoroughly for preparation.
In some instances we can leave existing flooring down if in good condition.
We decide a game plan on the best way to install the flooring to suit the room.
After we have determined the most appropriate plan, we help our customers pick out the type of wood, and finish. Our showroom in Huntington has a multitude of samples for the homeowner to choose from, and includes different woods that we can install.
Raw Hardwood floor installation:
The regular installation requires the some subfloor preparation and a moisture barrier needs to be installed. Sanding and finishing is necessary after the installation is complete.
Prefinished wood flooring is exactly that, it comes from the factory already finished and ready to install. To begin installing all we need is a clean, smooth and dry subfloor. Prefinished flooring has the following advantages:
Has the same life span as regular flooring.
Comparable in price to a regular hardwood floor installation.
More convenient for the homeowner as it can be accessed immediately upon installation.
Approximately 20% of our installs are with prefinished flooring.
Sanding an existing wood floor usually consists of (2 – 4) passes. Each pass is done with a different grit of sand paper, with a final pass using a very fine grit sandpaper. We stock sandpapers with grits of: 24, 36, 50, 60, 80, 100 and 150. The lower the number, the coarser the grit. Our professional refinishers select the proper combination of sandpapers needed for the job.
1. Oil base polyurethane, which has a light honey patina that adds to the beauty of the hardwood and brings out the natural woodgrain patterns.
2. Water base polyurethane is a “Green” product and is used in situations where a customer requests it.
Our high quality stains come in a variety of shades and patinas. They are designed to penetrate and seal the hardwood, while adding luxurious color. Click here to view our color chart.
The Finishing Process:
Generally, finishing a hardwood floor takes three coats applied over a period of three days, however, if humidity levels are high, it could take an additional day to complete the process.
After the floors are sanded and cleaned, we apply the first coat of either stain or polyurethane (depending upon the desired finish). Next we lightly sand the coat with a fine grit sandpaper to knockdown the grain, and to create a surface that will allow the next coat to adhere properly. After that, the second coat of polyurethane is applied and allowed to dry overnight. The process is continued until all three coats have been applied, leaving a beautiful hardwood floor.
When the process is completed the end result is a beautiful, durable wood floor that will last for years to come.