In Atlanta, Hardwood Floors are an investment that will last for a long time with the proper installation and care. There are different methods of installation for engineered wood strips, solid wood floors, solid wood strips, laminate and parquet. With every project, moisture testing is imperative to ensure proper installation. The procedure can be a painstaking process but we take pride in leaving your home looking as beautiful as you dreamed it to be. Our expert technicians have seen every challenging situation and are proficient in all installations for hardwood flooring.
In this method we nail down or staple solid or engineered wood strips to the sub-flooring (usually either plywood or plank wood). The floor is done with random length strips. A few strips are placed down and arranged prior to fastening to ensure proper placement and tautness.
Glue Down Installation
In this method, we glue down engineered wood strips or parquet directly to the sub-floor. In these cases the sub-floor is usually concrete, so we pay extra attention to moisture. With glue down installations, it is important to think about any kind of allergies and sensitivities to smell that may arise. We use acrylic based glue which is milder than some of the other options. Glue down installations can be walked on the next day and furniture can also be moved in.
In this method, we glue together the tongue and groove of every plank and the floor floats over foam cushioned padding. If the flooring has a locking system, we can lock the pieces together without glue. This can be used with either laminated or engineered wood floor, but either way the flooring is pre-finished. Not all engineered surfaces can be floated. Floating installation can also be placed over sub-flooring of questionable quality unlike the other two modes. Also, floating floors are a great option if you have multiple layers of flooring and do not want to remove them all. And in floating installation, the wear layer is an important factor to think about because the thicker the layer the more number of times it could be refinished. Generally, laminated flooring gives a hollow feeling underneath with this mode of installation. Remember that floating floors expand and contract as a unit because the pieces are fused together. Make room for as much expansion area as possible.
Wood Floor Refinishing
Refinishing and sanding your hardwood floors is necessary to preserve their quality and beauty. Refinishing is usually done solely to enhance the wood’s natural color and protect it from any detrimental elements. The best time to sand and refinish your hardwood floors is when you move into a new house or an apartment as all the furniture, rugs, etc. need to be removed from the area during the process. Proper refinishing should last about 10 years. However, high traffic rooms will need to be taken care of more often.
The two types of floors are:
1. Pre-finished Hardwood Floors
2. Unfinished Hardwood
Pre-finished Hardwood Floors
These are the new mainstream and popular products in hardwood flooring. They can be acrylic impregnated, engineered, or solid. They have a tough factory finish, which is the main reason for their popularity. They are also extremely easy to install and eliminate the need for messy sanding. Most pre-finished floors done within the last ten years are urethane finished. You can test this by placing a couple drops of water on an obscure area. If the area turns white after 15 minutes, you have a waxed finish. Older floors are likely to have shellac or varnish finishes. Unfortunately, these do not work well with the newer urethane finishes and must be completely removed if you want a urethane finish. There is also likely to be some amount of aluminum oxide in the newer pre-finished floors.
These floors come in solid and engineered types, and both ought to be onsite finished. They come in varying lengths and widths. Sanding and finishing can take anywhere from a few days to a week depending on size, stain, and number of top finish coats. Generally the finishes are oil or water based. Our first priority is to protect the beauty of your home so whether you have finished or unfinished floors, we section off other areas and furniture to prevent the sanding dust from spreading throughout your home. Our expert technicians also use dust containment systems to limit the amount of dust in the air. And with refinishing, it is important to have as little air flow as possible in the area as airborne particles can get embedded into the newly applied finish. Something as simple as foot traffic or turning on the air conditioner/heating system can kick up dust. So it is better to allow more time to dry to avoid any problems in your floors.
Oil-based stain is strongly recommended for wood flooring, although oil-modified or water based finish can be used on top of it. The key is the stain has to be dry.
Floor damage? No problem!
We work with insurance companies to restore your floors to their original appearance. We specialize in water and fire damaged hardwood floors. Contact us to get your floors fixed today!