Refinish

Where To Start

We understand that refinishing your floor is a massive ordeal, so we try to do everything we can to make the process as quick and simple as possible.  To start, you would need to contact us for a free consultation where we measure your floor and discuss some of the options you have.  We send a proposal within 3 business days and based upon if and/or when we receive a signed proposal with a specified deposit we will contact you to schedule the start of the project.

Things to Think About

Furniture:

Obviously a house is something that is lived in, so the topic of what to do with your furniture is a very big and important aspect to think about.  The most ideal situation is to be able to have the furniture off the floors that are being worked on, however there a few other options that are less than ideal but can be done depending on the circumstances.  We should be able to help figure out the best/easiest method upon appointment.

Time Frame:

A floor is not something you can live without.  If you refinish a floor there are certain times in which you will not be allowed to walk on the floor.  So depending on what areas you are refinishing and what process and products you choose to go with, dictates the amount of time you must stay off the floor.

Color Change:

We have a range of different brands of stain that we use, each brands’ colors can mixed with different colors to offer an almost unlimited numbers of colors.  During the sanding process we bring the wood to a raw state allowing the customers to pick what color they want to go with.

Repairs:

Normal things in life can unfortunately destroy your wood floors, one example would be dog bowls or potted plants, in which over years the water spilt can leave a water stain that may not sand out. Depending on that there are no other variables such as a bad location of the damage, we are able to remove and replace the boards.  These repairs will usually get weaved in, making it appear to have never happened.

Type of Finish:

There are countless types of finishes that offer different advantages, we use a select few that we know and trust.  Once you explain your circumstances and what you are wanting we can determine would be the best finish to use. Please click here to visit our page on finishes to learn more.

Shoemold/ toemold/toestrip:

This is the small trim n the floor and against the baseboard.  It is nearly impossible to sand a floor to an acceptable level with removing the shoemold.  This is because with the shoemold, down it inhibits our sanders from getting all the way against it, our sanders also have a tendency to sand up and over the trim requiring us to replace it.  So we simply can not sand with the trim down.  Upon appointment we can discuss the different options you have, such as reusing it, replacing it with the same type of molding or replacing with something different

Additional Items (flush vents handrails):

One thing most don’t think of when changing the color of their floor is the color of their handrails.  If your handrails are stained wood and finished with varnish depending on the color, we are able to change the color with a glazing process.  This has been a successful process in which we are able to only go darker with the handrail.  If you desire to go lighter the only way we can achieve this is by striping the handrail to raw wood just like the floors.

Another addition we can add into a floor is wood vents. If you have metal floor vents we can cut in wood vents that get sanded, stained and finished with floor.  These vents hide in the floor better since thy are the same color and sit flush with the floor.

We can add hardwood into new rooms that get either weaved in to appear as the floor has always been there, or we place break points (headers) that separate the rooms and can be finished differently if desired.

 

What Is Done

We start by removing any trim from the floor and making sure that nothing in the floor is going to damage our equipment (such as nails).  We will determine if any appliances will need to be removed entirely to be able to sand under them.  We strictly only use the process of dustless sanding, this means that every piece of our sanding equipment either has a vacuum in it or is hooked up to a vacuum (please click here to read more on dustless sanding). However even though we run dustless sanding we still hang plastic of cabinets, appliances, and anything else that is in the area being sanded. Once plastic is hung the sanding starts and from there we will explain what phase of the sand we are in (rough, 80, or final sand).  At some point in the sand if the color has not been determined, we will get a section sanded to our final phase so we can put colors down on the floor.  Ideally customers meet with us at this point to help work towards the desired color.  If the customer can not meet with us we just need a direction of where to go with the color and we can put down a few samples over night for the customer to pick from.  Once the color is selected we re-sand the sample area.  Once we get to our final sand the customer can not walk on the floor.  We do a final vacuum to remove dust and grit, after that is finished we apply the stain.  Depending on the color determines how long it must sit before it can walked on. The stain can take as long as 16 hours to dry enough to walk on.  If customers are staying in the house during the staining we will discuss your options and time frames.  Once the stain is dry we can start applying the finish and depending on what polyurethane was selected determines the dry time and how many coats can be done in a day. If we are installing new shoemold we will usually install it before the final coat.