SAND & STAIN WOOD FLOORS
To brighten up a home, Sanding and Staining Hardwood Floors seems so obvious to a lot of us. However it is actually quite an interesting subject as the world of Sanding and Staining hardwood floors has advanced from a technological and an aesthetic standpoint. Technology in stain has become very exacting, with durable, trafficable qualities, resistance to moisture and scratching – even down to the environmental volatility being reduced so that the fumes don’t linger as long.
Sanding and staining wood floors are tedious activities and we emphatically encourage non-professionals to consider hiring the experienced service providers.
- You’ll be more satisfied with the results.
- Your back and legs won’t hurt.
You can just stand back and appreciate the job well done. Then walk in and use the room in good cheer.
However, when you are seriously ready to sand and stain wood floors, take some time to think about what colors appeal to you. Visit the paint section in your local home improvement store and look at the samples they have. Buy a small can of each color you favor. Pick a few places on the floor you plan to treat and remove the current finish. Apply some of your choices and wait overnight. Best to see them dry, in the light of day. In addition, here are some ideas that may help you make decisions about whether the process will work with your floor:
Check the grain for impervious rating (mentioned above); this will also tell you how well it will absorb the stain.
Try a 1′ x 1′ patch in a corner. Check for surface defects. You may have to spend some quality time with a small electric hand sander to remove some of them.
Apply a small amount of stain and see how the wood absorbs it. Go all the way to the finish coats and see what a sealer looks like. You want the complete picture. Decision made.
HARDWOOD FLOOR FINISHES
With several finishes available to protect the floor, the decision comes down to what results best fit the conditions where it will be used as well as affecting the color you wish to see. Getting samples of how they will look over the color you choose will help make this decision. Consult with your contractor or local expert to discuss conditions vs. finish.
FINISHING HARDWOOD FLOORS:
Check the contractor’s credentials thoroughly before you hire them. Is the contractor a member of a wood flooring association? Does the contractor guarantee the work for a specified period of time? The usual period is one year; the contractor who guarantees it for 3 is the one you want.
How long will the job take?
||Clear to amber
||2 to 3 hours
||More moisture resistant
||Clear to slightly amber
||2 to 3 hours
||2 to 3 hours
||Clear and resist yellowing
||2 to 3 hours
Upon completing installation, the applicator must go through a series of steps to ensure that the planks will stay exactly where they’ve been placed—won’t come loose or bow up–. He does this by tapping them in place and stapling them to the hardboard underlayment through a flange on one side. The other side of the plank is held in place by the flange that has been stapled in place before it.
Starting at one side of the room and then working from one end to the other, the job is done at a fast pace. Once in place, the operator begins the final steps to finish the floor.
Using a wide squeegy of sorts, a filler material is spread throughout the floor filling all the cracks between the planks. Once completed, the floor is sanded to remove excess filler, then vacuumed to remove the dust. Sanded again and vacuumed again. The stain is applied and left to dry over night. It is then, that finishing coats are applied with a thin, wide, padded mop in generous, but not heavy layers.
You can see that every step is dedicated to just the right amount of effort and materials. It is a precision process and if you want the best results, the experienced professional can provide them. How many finish coats will he be applying? It should be 2 coats of finish and 1 coat of sealer at least.
HARDWOOD FLOORING TYPES
For the value added to your home and the vibrant qualities they contribute to family life, solid hardwood flooring types should be a major consideration for your home. Realtors will tell you how much more houses with hardwood flooring are selling for and how they will sell faster. Comparing an investment of $20,000-$80,000 for kitchen cabinets versus six or seven rooms of solid wood flooring with an $8,000-$10,000 investment that lasts for years, often through two sets of children, represent more than a double return on investment.
There are literally hundreds of styles and colors from which to choose. From rich Red Oak hardwood flooring with its warm and traditional tones that clearly show the strands of timber within the plank is fantastic to White Oak hardwood flooring that achieves alignment of floor to light walls without going to Whitewash is splendid ingenuity. Maple hardwood floors, that classic, well known flooring that continues to dominate our imaginations. The contrast of Birch hardwood flooring is like an unraveling story that we have the pleasure of being a part of. And if we want to get an exotic, we can opt for Brazillian Redwood Flooring, with such a deep red, it’s a wonder its wood at all.
I have made it a point to show you how to consider the type and color, but just as important are the dimensional choices (2 ¼” x 3″ to 6″ wide by 3/4″ thick) with planks from 12 inches to 84 inces long. You can also order specially milled dimensions to fit a particular space, exactly. The most commonly used wood species are the Red & White Oak and Maple hardwood flooring, but many other varieties exist from all over the world and are available to you from your local distributor.
Just remember price is directly related to the condition of the wood. You will see a wide range of price points and visuals for each species. We have just seen how pre-finished wood floors look exactly like the solids so if you are on a tight budget, the pre-finished version may be the best use of your budget. Think of it as an investment and you can increase your budget. It is up to you to decide how to prioritize your wood flooring project.
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