What if I don't want to completely sand and refinish my floors?

March 31, 2012
I often meet with clients who do not want to go through the trouble and expense of a complete floor refinish.  We do offer a scaled back service called screening and recoating.  This means the existing finish is abraded with a 150 grit flooring screen and then a top coat or finish is applied.  This level of project can usually be completed in one day and costs approximately 70% less than a standard refinish.
There are some things to consider before this process can be implemented.
  •  Screening will not remove stains, scratches, cupping or any irregularities in the plane of the floor.  The abrading process is performed to provide tooth for the new finish to adhere to the existing coating.  If the finish is sanded off to bare wood the screening has been done incorrectly.
  • Gapping in the flooring will not be fixed because a wood grain filler is not applied as part of the screen and recoat process.
  • If you have used wax or wax containing products like Murphy's Oil Soap you cannot recoat the floor.  The wax will cause the finish to crackle.  The floor needs to be sanded to bare wood to completely remove the contaminants. 
  • Screening is a great investment if it's done prior to the floor showing signs of excessive wear.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Regularly screening and recoating your floor every 36-60 months will protect the coating and will significantly extend the life of the flooring because no wood will be removed.
  • Screening is the best way to add shine to a dulled down floor.

Water based floor finishes

March 19, 2012
  • Two component catalyzed system.  Very low odor.
  • Very very tough coating
  • Approximately $110.00 per gallon
  • Once product is catalyzed it must be used within 4-6 hours.  This greatly increases waste.  Even if you mix partial batches; if you don't have too much you don't have enough.   
  • Product will solidify if left catalyzed in its container ie a solid mass with some water bi-product.  Can simplify disposal of excess product.
  • Must seal floor prior to application with shellac, oil quick dry sealer or a...

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Review: Clarke Super 7r

March 16, 2012
I thought I would take a minute to review the ubiquitous Clarke Super 7R hardwood flooring edger.  This venerable machine has been in use for decades by flooring professionals and rental yards.  If a tool can stand up to the DIY'er crowd you know it's tough!
The Super 7 can be distinguished from Clarke's other primary edger offering, the B-2, by its shorter housing and lower rpm rate.  This slower rotation makes the Super 7 less aggressive in the hands of your typical novitiate but the slowe...
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The critical steps of a new hardwood floor installation.

March 16, 2012
There are few projects I enjoy more than installing a new 3/4 tongue and groove hardwood floor.  Laminate flooring has it's place but at the end of the day it is a five to ten year installation.  When you lay a true hardwood floor chances are pretty good that flooring will be in use for seventy five to one hundred years!  I can't think of a greener flooring application than one that is readily repairable and replaceable.  Which is more environmentally friendly producing, shipping and install...
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