All new floors (whether raw wood or prefinished)
are solid wood and each board is individually stapled down with 2" staples,
so once it's in it is completely solid.
Sanding and refinishing
floor we sand whether we just installed it or its 100 years old we start by getting
it flat and all the old finish off. Once we have a good base to work with we use
a color matched full spread filler over the entire thing, which means all cracks
and holes disappear. After sanding the entire thing a few more times its ready
to seal or stain. During the sanding process all our equipment is on vacuums so
there is almost no dust, about as much as you would get in a normal week, so sealing
off the rest of the house is not necessary. The sealing process is what locks
in the color you want, and it does have some smell, but it dries in about an hour
and dissipates pretty fast.
Once the color is
locked in, the finish goes on. Each coat takes 3 hours to dry so we can normally
get 2 coats on in one day. That night once the finish dries you can walk on it.
If you want a third coat we can do it the next morning and the floor is all yours
that afternoon. With vacuums, good equipment and finish that dries quickly we
can normally do all the work with you living in the house and with a little care
you are able to walk on it every night (the only exception is if it is only sealed
or stained you must have very clean dry socks on and just walk across it, no cooking
lot of people don't think you can put hardwood floors over radiant heat. This
is absolutely not true. We do it all the time and have never had a problem. Actually
it works great because wood absorbs heat so once you get the floor warmed up,
it radiates the heat very evenly. The only downside is there is some prep involved,
if you have your tubes under your subfloor there is no prep we can nail directly
to your 3/4" plywood, but if you are using the type in concrete we will need
to glue 3 / 4" plywood or OSB to your floor then staple our hardwood to that.
This can cause some height problems, especially against other types of flooring
like tile, carpet or your stairs may be off, but with a little preplanning these
are not huge problems.
a typical set of stairs, we start by stripping them down to the stairjacks and
replace the treads by gluing down and nailing 3/4"-plywood. This way we can
get all your steps to the right height and make sure everything is square and
solid before we start.We are then able to fit new II/8th" solid treads and
3 / 4" solid risers to thes structure. Everything is glued so when it is
done it is very solid. A normal set of stairs can be done in one day because we
can prefinish everything in our shop before we even start. We can do the prep,
cut and fit everything, get it glued and nailed, touch it up, sand the entire
thing by hand, then put a top coat of finish on as we leave. After three hours
of drying it is all yours.