Hardwood Flooring Refinishing
If you have hardwood floors already installed in your home and you notice that they are starting to show their age or imperfections, refinishing is a great option. While you could go ahead and replace your wood floors, this option is very expensive, as natural wood floors are not cheap. An easier, faster and more cost effective option is to have your floors resurfaced. In this process we basically take the top layer of your floors off and then stain them again (to whatever color you’d like) and finish them.
Removing Shoe Base Moulding
Shoe base molding is the piece of wood that helps join your floor to your wall. These wood pieces make your floor appear to join the wall evenly and, more than that, they help to keep your floor from pulling up. However, when we go to refinish, we need to remove these pieces, as the floor sander will bang in to them, hurting them in the process. If we remove these pieces, and keep careful track of where they were originally installed, we can usually reinstall them, causing you to save money by not needing to buy moulding again.
Shoring up your floor is all about making sure that existing floorboards are nailed down properly. If you are experiencing heavy creaking in your wooden floor, it is probably do to certain boards not being attached as well as they could be. In this step, we will go through each board and make sure that, not only is the board properly nailed down, but that it is nailed in to a joist, instead of just the subfloor. Taking time to do this step properly, will save time in the future, should you ever need or want to refinish your floors again.
The biggest step in hardwood floor refinishing is that of sanding. When properly done, there are several sanding steps that need to be taken to make sure your floor is functioning and looking as good as new. The first sanding step is to rough sand. In this step, a hand powered drum sander is used to remove big imperfections, like scratches. Then a smaller sander is brought in to sand down edges and corners. The last step is to hit the newly sanded floor with a floor buffer. This will give a nice, clean, even surface for what will ultimately be the final step.
The last step in hardwood floor refinishing is to stain and finish the floor. The great part about this step is that, should you want to, you can completely change the look of your floors. While refinishing can be used to simply bring your floors back to a new looking state, since you are stripping off the top layer anyway, you can also use the opportunity to change how they look completely. Once the stain is dry, we apply a finish which will seal your wood floors; helping them to last for years to come.