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Installing new floors

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

Any 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 etc...)

Radiant heat

A 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.


On 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.