The majority of new homes constructed are built on a slab. To do a traditional nail down installation the floor needs to be specked out during the design phase to accommodate a subfloor otherwise elevations will be affected causing the need for transitions that can take away from the smooth flow from room to room. Glueing a solid or engineered floor directly to the slab can be one way to reduce or remove the need for chunky reducers and offer a more elegant flow from to room to room. Advantages of glue down applications is that the floor elevation is not raised and a solid feel and sound as opposed to a floating floor installation that can at times give a hollow sound especially if a quality underlayment is not used. Disadvantages to glue down installation can be the additional cost and time to do a glue down installation. Also removal in the future can be a huge task as the glue that is used these days is extremely strong and difficult to remove. Sometimes the wood boards are removed in the smallest of slivers from scraping and chizeling of the floor. The options for glue are much better now and things to consider are whether the glue has a moisture barrier component, whether it has a memory quality and ease in cleanup. Another consideration is whether the slab has radiant heating. Radiant heat can cause extreme ranges of heat in a single room. Some engineered floors are rated for radiant heat while others are not compatible with radiant heat. Check with the manufacturer to determine if the engineered floor is suitable for the application.
Wood Floor installations and whether you nail down, glue down or float a floor depends on the subfloor surface and the type of material that is being installed. Concrete slabs are not suitable for nailing down a floor unless a plywood subfloor is installed over the slab. If the elevation of the floor is not designed into the construction of the home to accommodate the additional subfloor then adding the plywood will affect the height of the floor, door transitions and elevation differences to other flooring materials, etc. Directly over slab installations including glueing down directly over the slab or floating the floor. Floating floors require a underlayment and either click and lock or glue tongue and groove joints will be the mechanical joining of the floor. Advantages to a floating floor are ease of installation and the unrestricted seasonal movement of the floor from expansion and contraction. Laminate floors and engineered floors are approved for this type of installation. Disadvantage for some will be the sound that a floating floor will make especially with high heels and hard soled shoes giving off a hollow sound in the floor. One option to dampen the hollow sound is to use a high quality 3-in-1 or 5-in1 underlayment such as “Quiet Walk” underlayment that is considerably thicker than the standard foam or 6 mil plastic underlayment sheeting. Glue down installation over slabs have the advantage of a solid sound and feel. Considerations include whether you are glueing down over radiant floors and if so then a Engineered product is generally more stable than a solid wood floor. Glue reduces but does not eliminate wood movement. Most adhesives have a memory characteristic which also makes any removal in the future a labor intensive process. Glue is its own vapor barrier but must be cleaned up properly. Disadvantage to glue down installation is that the process will take longer then nail or floating installations and any future removal of the floor is labor intensive. Nail down installations are the traditional method of installation. The advantage to nail down installation is that you have the solid sound and feel of a permanent installation that also allows for practical repairs in the future if needed.
The Holidays are here and families are ready to spruce up their homes and decorate for the holidays. A tired worn wood floor is one of the items that many of our clients want to remidy before the holidays. We start getting the calls in October and November to reserve a date to either refinish, repair or refurbish the old floors or finish. If the floor and finish is in a condition to resurface we can come in and in one day put a new coat of polyurethane finish on the floors and give the floors a fresh new look. If the floors are already showing areas where the finish has worn off or if there are high traffic areas that have scratches and gouges then it is advisable to sand and refinish. This week we did both full sand and refinish on older floors along with resurfacing floors that had not been refinished in over 15 years but had been well taken care of and not missing finish so we were able to resurface those floors in one day and make them look like new and have many more years ahead of them. Species that we see most often are Red Oak and White Oak along with Pine and Birch here in the South West. White Oak is the hardest species among these three but even though Pine is considered a soft wood. We are still refinishing 100+ year old pine and birch floors and they restore beautifully. The challenge with the older pine and birch is usually in matching repairs with available stock in the same dimension and color. Often times we have to mill boards to fit and custom color match to blend the new with the old or match to a species such as Beech wood that is no longer available. However with some custom color matching we can restore them and in the process preserve the older floors.
We are currently offering 10% Discount on all hardwood floor refinishing projects before the New Year. We can do repairs if necessary. Whether it is an old furnace opening or a doorway that was moved during a remodel or damage from pets, furniture or water damage. We can match your existing floors with wood of the same size and dimension so that the repair looks like the original wood floors. When installing new floors we recommend purchasing an additional box or two of wood for possible repairs in the future. Manufacturers often will discontinue a product or change the stain colors that will make matching the floor difficult in the future. If the original flooring is not available, we can often times match the dimension and size of flooring, even if we need to custom mill the boards and custom match the stain. We carry all domestic species of wood such as Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Birch, Pine, Walnut and Cherry in all sizes and dimensions. We also have a large selection of exotic hardwood floors such as Brazilian Cherry, Purple Heart, Teak, Bamboo, Cypress and much more.
Water Damage floors from a Jacuzzi caused damaged to these floors that we repaired. After removing the damaged hardwood floors we glued down and laced in matching wood so that the repair looks seamless and unnoticeable after the project. This Jacuzzi was placed on top of the existing floors so we cut out around the Jacuzzi so that it did not need to be removed to do the repair. The entire floor is sanded and refinished to match the existing finish color and sheen. We then added additional coats of high traffic polyurethane finish to give added protection to the high traffic wet room.
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