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We can give you options on what types of hardwood to use in your new installation, as well as help you to decide to refinish your existing hardwood floor.
We can also take care of you when you have that unforeseen disaster from all kinds of water damage or traffic and pet scratches.
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Installations, Repairs, Dust Free Sanding and Refinishing
New Hardwood Floor Installation
The choice of flooring is one of the most basic yet important decisions a homeowner has to make when undertaking a renovation, as it underpins everything else. While there are plenty of different options, from carpet to terrazzo, one material is the acknowledged standard: hardwood.
But not all hardwood flooring is created equal, and selecting a product isn’t simply a matter of choosing a preferred color. A range of other factors can have an impact on both aesthetics and performance.
How To Select Hardwood Flooring
Once you understand your budget and personal or environmental flooring preferences, there are a few simple steps you can follow to help you drill down to the best hardwood flooring choices for your home.
1- Color Preference –
Before starting to select wood flooring, it is always a good idea to have a color palette in place. What we mean by that is you should know the general colors you are going to be using for furniture, paint, etc. in order to give yourself a palette of colors to match with. This will enable you to more easily narrow your flooring color options down to a manageable number.
On the other hand, if you are starting with floor color and do not yet know what furnishings, paint and other elements you are going to be using in your home design, this can be more challenging. You will need to begin with an open mind on floor color and allow your eyes and preferences to guide your selection.
2- Smooth or Distressed –
Next you will want to determine your wood floor finish preference. Do you like the look of distressed wood, a smooth flooring style or maybe handscraped hardwood? We have photos showing what that looks like.
Selecting the texture you prefer will help eliminate wood flooring that might not come in that style.
3- Board Width –
Another wood flooring style consideration is plank size or board width. There are virtually hundreds of options of wood floor widths to choose from. Typically sizes range from 2 1/4″ up to 11″. Just as with finishes, choosing the width that best fits your decor plan will help you eliminate wood floor options that may or may not come in that specific size.
4- Wood Floor Species –
Hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood, and even laminate flooring comes in many different species. Each species of wood flooring provides a different base color, design pattern and overall look (Oak, Birch, Maple, etc). In addition, the varying hardness of a specific wood flooring species plays a role in its suitability for various installation applications based on the species hardness and overall durability. See hardwood hardness examples.
5- Environmental Application–
Ask yourself about the conditions that you are going to be not only installing your new wood flooring but the daily environment that your wood flooring will exist in. For example, if you have small children, active dogs, high traffic areas may require a more resilient wood flooring type. Other considerations such as available natural light, moisture areas such as bathrooms or basements could also impact color or composite preferences.
6- Sustainability –
Finally, consider your green requirements for your new wood flooring. Are you looking for highly sustainable green flooring options such as bamboo wood floors, or will lower impact environmentally friendly engineered hardwood flooring. Both are considered to be more Green friendly options over the traditional solid hardwood flooring.
Now that you know some of the considerations that will help guide you in your wood floor selection process, you also need to know one more important thing. You are not in this alone. Our professional design team is here to help you make your crucial wood flooring decision.
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Hardwood Floor Repairs
Expert advice on how to repair hardwood floor water damage, hardwood floor gouge repair, repairing a hardwood floor finish, fixing wood flooring scratches, and more.
Repair Hardwood Floor Water Damage
In general, water is an enemy to wood floors. It can damage the finish, leave rings or discoloration or—at its worst—cause flooring boards to cup, warp, buckle, or grow mold.
Water damage to hardwood floors can be from minor to major. It can be caused by a potted plant that leaks onto the floor, from a burst appliance supply hose, or from major flooding.
Methods for dealing with hardwood floor water damage depend upon the severity of the damage.
Severe water damage. If several hardwood flooring boards have warped because of excessive water damage, they’ll probably need to be removed and replaced. In many cases, you can replace only the damaged areas. In order to do this, you’ll need to be able to identify and buy identical replacements. Of course, this isn’t always possible.
Removing a water stain. If someone has left a water-mark ring from a hot coffee cup or cold glass on the floor, you might be able to extract the stain.
Fold a white cloth or rag in half and lay it over the stain. Then set an iron to medium heat and use it to iron back and forth over the stain area. Do this gradually, checking frequently to see whether the stain is disappearing and to make sure you don’t cause further damage.
Larger stains on wood floors are typically water marks, caused by spills or over-watering house plants. The area must be sanded, sometimes bleached, and then refinished to match the rest of the floor, which is the trickiest part.
It’s a good idea to hire a flooring contractor like Deep Reflections Hardwood Floors Company who specialize and dealing with a large stain, particularly if the stain is in a highly visible area.
Polyurethane finishes are difficult to sand. Try using a scouring pad dipped in mineral spirits or use a sanding screen.
Don’t ever wax a wood floor that has been coated with a polyurethane finish—this will make it impossible to re-coat in the future without having to sand the floor first.
If paste wax will adhere to the finish, you can use it to hide scratches, and the wax is available in clear, honey tone, or brown to match most any wood floor. Wood-repair wax sticks may help to fill deeper scratches and dents.
Hardwood Gouges and Dents
For deep gouges or dents, you can use a wood floor filler and wood stain to repair the damaged area. This should be done by a professional like Deep Reflections Hardwood Floors Co.
Badly damaged or rotted sections of flooring must be removed and replaced with new pieces. This involves cutting out or prying up a section of the finish flooring, gluing or nailing replacements to the subflooring, filling cracks to match, sanding the surface, and refinishing.
If you’re not experienced with this type of work, you’ll find the most difficult part is getting the new pieces to match the old. This job is usually best left to a wood-flooring professional. Click to learn more.
Dust Free Sanding and Refinishing
Dustless hardwood floor sanding-
It is the standard operating proceedure with Deep Reflections Hardwood Floors Co. and is popular request from homeowners. It’s more efficient than regular sanding and it’s healthier because it helps you maintain the indoor air quality. It also requires less cleanup.
What is dustless sanding?
This process creates less dust than the standard sanding process. With our state of the art dust containment systems in place, 99.8% of the dust that would otherwise be released into the air is captured and contained in the systems while sanding your hardwood floors which makes it easy to dispose of, safely and responsibly.
There will always be a small amount of dust created and released into the air during any hardwood floor finishing process.
However, a proper dust containment system will take care of the vast majority of the dust created during the sanding process.
The advantages of dustless hardwood floor sanding
It’s great for people with asthma and dust sensitivities. It’s also a good idea to use the dustless sanding process when you’re working with vulnerable populations like children, or when working in a hospital or rehabilitation facility.
It’s also a great idea because it can help cut down on finish problems, since many hardwood floor finish problems are caused by dust that isn’t properly removed from the floor before proceeding to the next step in the installation process.
Dustless sanding usually takes less time than a standard sanding process would because there is less cleanup involved — there is no need to hire a cleaning company to come in after the job to clean up.
Note that you can’t throw caution to the wind when using a dustless sanding setup. For example, you still should tack the floor in between each coat of finish. But if you have the proper system in place, the majority of the dust should be taken care of.
Deciding to Refinsh your Hardwood Floor
Don’t be afraid to unlock the beauty hiding in those dingy wood floors. Knowing what to expect during a hardwood floor refinishing project may be the key to moving forward.
If you have other construction or remodeling work going on, save the floor work for the very last task.
Refinishing a hardwood floor is a great way to revitalize the look of a room without having to go to the trouble and expense of installing brand-new flooring. The process involves removing the top layer of the covering material using a sander, which digs down past any scratches, stains, or imperfections that might exist, leaving you with a fresh surface to be stained, painted, or treated with whatever protective coating you prefer.
During rainy periods and if the humidity is high, consider allowing more time to complete the job. Wood is a porous material, and when the old finish is stripped away, the floor will absorb moisture. If that happens or if it is just very humid, the new finish will take significantly longer to dry.
Since all the furniture will be removed, the room is rendered unusable for several days. Even then, extra care is needed to avoid scratching the floors. Plan on buying rugs (not the kind with rubberized bottoms) for all entries into the room, and keep your pet’s nails trimmed. Find out more when you click learn more.
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