We’re back with more floor refinishing details as promised. First a reminder about why we refinished 600 square feet of our home’s 50-year-old yellowed wood flooring (to match the new prefinished mocha hardwood that we installed in the kitchen, den, laundry nook and half bathroom):
When it comes to matching prefinished oak with refinished oak it doesn’t get much closer than that. In fact our wonderful floor guy mixed three batches of stain to come up with the perfect color. The main difference between factory prefinished oak flooring and refinished-on-site oak flooring is that the knots and veins in the wood are a bit more distinct in the sanded and stained refinished floors. But we’re absolutely thrilled with the match-job, it really looks a million times more cohesive and consistent from the moment you step in the door.
First we asked practically everyone in town for a recommendation– we really wanted a pre-screened floor refinisher since it was sure to be a serious challenge because we wanted to closely match our new flooring. More than one friend recommended the same person so we felt good going with our floor guy (although we did get another estimate just to be sure we were getting the best deal in town).
Then we negotiated a killer deal (saving $300 and coming in at just $900 for 600 square feet by asking our refinisher to sand and restain the existing shoe molding instead of replacing it with costly new wood molding).
Then it was time to completely clear each room– the living room, our three bedrooms and each and every closet within those spaces. We also removed the window treatments in each area, although we did keep the art work on the walls (knowing we’d have to dust it all) since we didn’t have a safe place to store all those fragile glass frames because we already had all of our furniture crammed into the kitchen and the den. We knew that we’d have to clean the sanding dust from the closet shelving and above each door frame and windowsill anyway, so dusting off the pictures in each room seemed doable while we were at it.
We all love our hardwood floor, and we all want to keep it in the best shape we can, and because we know that, here we left you with some sign that you need to see before deciding to refinish your floor
Locate the section of the floor that gets the most daily traffic. This is the area that is most likely to need refinishing.
Pour a tablespoon of water onto the section of floor and watch what it does. If it forms droplets that rest on top of the wood, the finish is in good condition. If it soaks into the wood slowly, the finish is wearing thin, but you can probably postpone the job if you need to. If the water quickly penetrates the wood and leaves a dark splotch, the floor needs to be refinished right away.
Wipe up the water with a paper towel if any remains on the surface of the wood. Repeat the test in other areas if you think you might not need to refinish the entire floor surface.
Find two floorboards that meet imperfectly, with a deep groove between them. Insert a business card into the groove as far as it will go. Use a pencil to mark the place on the card where the top of the floor hits.
Remove the business card from the groove. Measure the depth of the crack by measuring from the edge of the business card to the pencil mark with a ruler. If the mark on the card is less than 3/4-inch from the edge, hire a professional to refinish your floors rather than attempting to do it yourself. To refinish the floors, you must sand off the old finish. If the floor is less than 3/4-inch thick, sanding it is a delicate job best handled by a professional.
Most of all have hardwood floors becuase we thoungth they look good, plain and simple, they were a choosen based on their look, off course some of us were left stuck with them when we move in, and for other reasons, but in time im pretty shure learn to love them, here i reason why we do it:
1.-Hardwood flooring increases the value of your home. When contractors are constructing a home, they consider hardwood floors to be an added cost. Likewise, appraisers take hardwood flooring into account when they calculate the value of your home. Installing hardwood flooring is, in many ways, an investment, since the value of the wood floor will come back to you when you try to sell your home. Not only is a hardwood floor valuable in dollars and cents, but it also adds to the appeal of the home if you’re showing your home to sell it.
2.-The good thing about the hardwood floor is that they are very easy to clean and maintain. The hardwood floors do not collect a lot of dust, debris, and dust because of their smooth and hard surface. If you want to keep it clean, then you will only require vacuuming and mopping and keeping it dry. So, if you are worried about the maintenance and time consuming cleaning process of your carpets, then you should look for a perfect hardwood floor in Chevy Chase, MD for your living space.
3.- The strength and durability of the hardwood floors are just unmatched by any other type of floor coverings. If you have purchased a high quality hardwood floor and get it installed according to the best standards, then your hardwood floor will last even for generations. The hardwood floors are hard and very tough to get damaged by even in the heavy foot traffic areas. If there is a scratch or little damage because of some furniture moving or due to some other reason, then you can get assistance from the hardwood refinishing experts for hardwood floor refinishing in Chevy Chase, MD as it will renew your floor again.
4.- Hardwood flooring is sometimes made from renewable resources. Bamboo flooring and cork flooring, while not strictly hardwood flooring (cork is wood — well, bark — but not hard, and bamboo is hard but not wood), are becoming more and more popular because they both come from sustainable resources. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, and cork trees shed their bark regularly. Bamboo floors are exceptionally hard and offer a variety of looks that are similar to the look of hardwood. Cork floors need more maintenance that other hardwood floors because they are softer than regular wood floors, but they offer a look as well as a springy feel that many people love.
5.-Hardwood flooring is beautiful. No other flooring quite matches the beauty of quality hardwood flooring. Whether you choose to go with pale, glossy maple flooring, dark oak flooring or muted, matte hickory flooring, a wood floor will transform the look of any room. A hardwood floor is beautiful in its own right, but wood flooring that is well matched to the colors and decor of your home can complement or highlight other beautiful things in your home.
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