Many beautiful floors are hidden under carpet or just worn down by years of traffic, exposure to the sun, water damage or extensive heat. Alpine Flooring combines years of experience in the field with the use of the latest refinishing equipment to revive even the most tired floors. Several grades of sanding paper will be used to remove all scratches and stains. Once the wood is buffed and cleaned, the natural color can be left or color can be added by application of a stain. We offer both oilbased polyurethane and waterbased finishes. Our free consultation includes an evaluation and a recommended treatment for your hardwood floor.
OILBASED POLYURETHANE vs. WATERBASED FINISH
The most common surface finish, oilbased polyurethane is applied in two or three coats and is available in a semi-gloss or satin sheen. It has been considered more durable than a waterbased finish for a very long time. The downside to this type of finish is that drying times are 24 hours for each coat.You will also need adequate ventilation. Keep in mind that oilbased polyurethane does yellow with age, and you will most likely be displaced from your home for the duration of the job.
This finish is applied in 3 coats, and each coat dries within 3-4 hours. It is a little more expensive, however it has less odor than the oilbased polyurethane and doesn’t yellow over time. Waterbased finish allows you walk on your floors each night after coat application, and keeps you from moving out for the job, but you still cannot walk on the floors on the day we stain the floor.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR FLOOR NEEDS REFINISHING
The great thing about wood floors is that they can last for a long time with proper care. No matter how careful you are with your hardwood, though, you will still have to refinish them at some point. If your floors take a beating, from pets for example, you may have to refinish more often. Some floors only need to be refinished every 10-15 years, while some high-traffic floors may need more frequent refinishing.
If you’re wondering how you can tell that your floors need to be refinished, there is a test you can take. First, find a high-traffic area where the finish is likely to be most worn and pour a tablespoon of water onto the floor. If the water beads up and you can wipe it without a trace, the finish is still working and you don’t need to refinish. If the water slowly soaks into the wood floor creating a moderately darkish spot, the floor is partially worn. You don’t need to refinish right away, but you’ll want to save room on your “to do” list. If the water immediately disappears into the wood leaving an obvious dark spot, it’s time to refinish the floor.
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