Professional Hardwood Refinishing and Installation
We offer quality and professional services such as installation, sanding and finishing of new hardwood floors, custom installation of borders, patterns and medallions, repairing old or damaged hardwood floors, and resanding and refinishing existing hardwood floors.
All installation and finishing is performed in accordance with the standards set by the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers’ Association (NOFMA) and the National Wood Flooring Manufacturers’ Association (NWFA).
Hardwood Installation Procedures:
Include installing a 15 lb. roofing felt between the hardwood and subfloor to cut down on squeaks and as an added moisture barrier.
All installations of ¾” thick hardwood flooring are performed using 2″ powercleat nails (NO STAPLES).
Why? Simple. The powercleat nails lock into the subfloor and allow the hardwood to expand and contract as necessary without pulling the nails out.
Staples, on the other hand, will pull loose from the expansion and contraction process and within a few years, the hardwood floor will begin popping, squeaking and moving up and down as if it is coming loose from the subfloor.
Staples are designed to be used with laminated and engineered flooring, not solid flooring.
When installing a hardwood floor 5 inch wide or wider, it is strongly recommended that the hardwood be glued and nailed to cut down on large cracks between the boards that will occur due to the expansion and contraction process.
Narrow boards (2-¼” – 4″) will have smaller cracks so it is not necessary to glue them, nailing will be enough. Also, gluing and nailing wider boards will help reduce cupping problems.
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Sanding and Finishing and Refinishing Procedures:
Begin with using top quality 3M sanding products. If a stain is desired, Minwax has a variety of colors to choose from and we can even help you to choose the right color or custom-blend colors according to your décor. When it comes to polyurethane finishes, trust Lenmar. It is an oil-modified, not water-based, polyurethane and comes in Satin, Semi Gloss and High Gloss.
Will create some dust in the house. Although there are various types of dust control systems used today, none are 100% when it comes to eliminating all the dust from the sanding process. To help keep dust out of areas that are not going to be sanded, we recommend that the homeowner or contractor hang plastic over any doorways and openings. Some customers have inquired about turning off the heat and air system during the sanding process. We do not recommend this simply because once the system is turned back on, any dust in the vents and in the house could settle in the finish and give the floor a “gritty” appearance. Instead, we recommend that the customer change the filter in the heat and air system after the hardwood floors have been sanded as this will keep the system working properly and help to control the dust during the finishing process.