Categories Hardwood, Hardwood Refinshes

Six Important Facts about Hardwood Refinishing

Refinishing hardwood floors gives them a much needed facelift and can make the floors look brand new again. The process of refinishing is cheaper than replacing the floor and is better for the environment. Woods natural variations can be highlighted and revealed during a refinishing and the ability to repair and refinish is part of the appeal of having hardwood flooring. Modern manufacturing has come a long way but still cannot replicate the beauty and feel of solid wood flooring. If you have considered refinishing your hardwood floors there are some things you need to know. 

#1 – Cleaning and restoring hardwood floors to their original beauty takes a lot of work. While the process may seem simple and straightforward there are factors you may not have considered. Repairs are a big factor that can impact the final outcome of your floor. Repairs often require a contractor to replace a few boards. Wood is a natural project and can be hard to match perfectly. Deep scratches and stains for pet accidents and other factors can be hard to remove without impacting the integrity of the floor. Every floor is unique and each refinishing requires unique steps to tackle the specific needs of your floor. 

#2– Preparing the floor takes a lot of work. It may seem that your flooring project is moving slowly in the beginning but preparing the space is labor and time intensive. Everything needs to be removed from the floor and all remaining decor will be exposed to dust and debris related to sanding the floor. Door ways, hall ways, and vents are often covered to cut down on dust in rooms that are not being refinished. The floor itself needs preparation as well, mopping and sweeping the floor are needed to ensure the floor is ready for sanding. 

#3– Gaps are not repaired during refinishing. Sanding your floor will not fill existing gaps, it can improve them some but these are part of the structure of the floor and cannot be fixed with refinishing alone. Most gaps in a floor are seasonal and filling them can cause issues when the seasonal gapping disappears. Gapping is not always a bad thing and is often just a part of normal seasonal shifts in humidity. 

#4– Refinishies are a great time to change the color of your floor. When your floor has been sanded down to raw wood you can stain the floor a new color. Stains are a great way to change the look of your floor without replacing the floors. Stain comes in a variety of different colors which allows you to choose the perfect option for your home. Stain doesn’t mean you have to darken the floor, you can also make the floor lighter during this process.Many homeowners find that they didn’t know the true color of their wood until it was sanded down because of the aged finish on top. 

#5– Plan to touch up your base after a refinish. Sanding and refinishing hardwood required heavy duty machines and even the most careful customer is likely to ding a baseboard or get a spot of stain or finish on the base. Contractors should be cautious in your home but it’s a good idea to have your base painted after refinishing. If you are planning to replace your base let your contractor know, they can remove the base during the sanding to allow them to work closer to the walls. Many homeowners find that their base looks dingy after a refinish because it no longer matches the refinished floors. 

#6 Finish makes a huge difference. Choosing a finish for your floor is an important part of the process and different finishes can create a different look. Oil based finish often looks more traditional but can amber and cause your floor to look dated over time. Water based may look thin to many home owners because it doesn’t have the thick look oil based finishes do but still offers the same protection. The sheen level also makes a huge impact on the look of your floor. Contractors are a wealth of knowledge on flooring finishes and can help choose the right finish for your floor. 

Refinishing hardwood floors is a great way to make your floors look beautiful again without breaking the bank. Colorado Hardwood would love to meet with you and discuss refinishing your floor. Call us today to set up a free in-home consultation. 

Categories Hardwood Refinshes

Should You Replace Your Floors Or Refinish?

Flooring can be a great way to improve the look of your home. Flooring is a permanent part of your home and maintaining it properly is crucial to keeping it functional and beautiful. Wood flooring can go years without major maintenance but eventually it will be time to decide if your floors need to be refinished or replaced. We can help you determine if it’s time to replace or refinish your floors. 

Benefits of Refinishing a floor

Refinishing hardwood flooring is a great way to change the look of your floor including the texture and color of the floor. If there are damaged or warped areas in the floor you may opt to replace the heavily damaged boards and refinish the rest of the flooring. 

Refinishing floors is a more affordable option over replacing the floors entirely. Working with a flooring professional is an important part of the refinishing process and they can advise you on the need to replace versus refinish the existing flooring. 

Drawbacks of Refinishing Floors

Refinishing hardwood flooring can be a time-consuming process. The sanding process can be messy and if your contractor does not have good dust containment your home can turn into a snowglobe. Trained professionals know how to handle the chemicals used in the refinishing process. When these flammable chemicals are put in the wrong hands the results can be catastrophic. Additionally these chemicals can be finicky and if used by an amature the results can be less than ideal. 

If you are looking for a budget friendly option for refreshing your flooring, refinishing may be the ticket. The refinishing process can be intrusive into your space but often takes less time than a full install. Our team is happy to help inspect your floor and advise if refinishing is an option for your flooring. 

Benefits of New Hardwood Floors

There are many advantages to having hardwood flooring installed in your home, wood flooring is a timeless flooring option and can be incredibly elegant. Wood works in any design style including contemporary, rustic and even modern designs. There are so many different wood types you can choose from including oak, hickory, cherry, beech and even exotic wood species. Some homeowners choose softer species like pine or bamboo, these floors need to be cared for properly to ensure they can last a lifetime. 

Hardwood flooring is durable and when properly maintained can go years without being refinished. Many experts recommend having your floors refinished every 10 years to ensure they look beautiful and are well protected. When hardwood floors are cared for and properly maintained they can last well over 100 years. 

One of the big advantages of wood flooring is the reduction in allergens. If anyone in your family has respiratory issues or allergies you may want to consider wood flooring, hardwood doesn’t collect dust and allergens the way carpet does. Hardwood is versatile and can lend itself to any design style. Hardwood is a great option to add value to your home. If you are planning to sell your home you will find that hardwood floors add to the value of your home. 

Drawbacks of New Hardwood Floors

While the beauty of hardwood floors is undeniable the cost is not in everyone’s budget. Hardwood flooring can be expensive to install. Additionally hardwood is susceptible to scratching and if you have pets you may find that your floor scratches more quickly than you would like. Refinishing can remove these scratches but that adds to the cost of the floor. 

Another disadvantage of hardwood is the susceptibility to moisture damage. Hardwood can cup or crown if moisture is allowed to soak into the floor. Spills should be wiped up quickly to prevent damage. Creaks are another issue some people find with hardwood flooring. Gaps can be filled and joists can be shimmed to reduce creaks but they may not be entirely eliminated. 

When considering the options of installing hardwood floors it can be easy to get caught up in the cons but it’s important to remember all flooring options have drawbacks. When hardwood is cared for properly it can last years to come. 

We would love to chat with you about the options for your existing floor or a new floor. Many homeowners are unaware that a refinish allows them to change the color and sheen of the floor making refinishing even more appealing. Contact Colorado Hardwood today for your free in-home estimate. 

 

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Engineered Hardwood is a Great Option for Basements

Adding more living space to your home can be as simple as converting your basement or garage into an apartment or office. The job is even easier if the garage or basement is already climate controlled. Hardwood flooring can go a long way towards making it feel like an actual room of your house. However, you should be careful about adding hardwood floor to a basement apartment. Basements, especially ones that are partially underground, are susceptible to wild fluctuations in humidity and temperature. They’re also more likely to flood. That flooding can come from storms or even from plumbing issues. Whatever the case may be, you need to pick the hardwood that is most likely to resist damage from moisture and temperature. That hardwood is engineered hardwood.

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Tennis Court Resurfacing: Is it Time?

Colorado Hardwood Floors has expanded and added tennis court resurfacing to their athletic division. As a tennis court resurfacing and repair contractor, Colorado Hardwood Floors can assist with a huge variety of projects ranging from adding new game lines to a full surface with a fresh top coat and all new game lines. We utilize a tennis court surface material ideally designed to be slip resistance and spin responsive for an ideal playing surface. 

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Why You Should Have Your Own Tennis Court!

Home tennis courts are not only a fun addition to your home but come with other great benefits as well. Adding a tennis court to your backyard can be easily customized to meet your interests and needs. Additionally these courts can have great impacts on the value of your home. One of the biggest benefits people find for having a home tennis court is never having to wait for your block of tennis court time, you can play whenever you want!

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Categories Hardwood

Hardwood Flooring Needs Maintenance to Look its Best

If you have hardwood flooring you may be searching for ways to ensure your floor looks its best. There are a lot of options for ensuring your floor looks great but maintenance is truly the key. Maintenance comes in a variety of different forms when it comes to hardwood flooring ranging from preventative measures to daily care and professional maintenance services. By utilizing this different variety of preventative measures you can extend your floors life expectancy and beauty. If you have installed new flooring your contractor may talk to you about the humidity in your home. Keeping your home’s temperature stable and the humidity in the acceptable range is a major step in wood floor care. 

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Denver Hardwood Flooring and Here’s Why!

When talking about hardwood flooring there are a lot of different factors that are brought up but for simplicity sake we are only going to discuss the top 5 species in Denver. The top 5 wood species in Denver hit a few different marks including the aesthetic and natural beauty and the ability to acclimate to Denver’s climate. 

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Categories Hardwood Refinshes

5 Reasons to Refinish Your Hardwood Floors in 2022

Hardwood flooring is a beautiful and durable flooring option but that does not mean it does not require some maintenance and care. Sanding and refinishing your floors periodically is the ideal way to protect your investment. It can be hard to know when it’s time to sand and refinish your floors. There are five signs to look for to know it’s time to refinish your floors in 2022. Some of the signs are easy to spot while others are less obvious.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Hardwood Floors

If you have added hardwood flooring to your home you are probably wondering how you can extend the life of your new investment. Hardwood flooring is a beautiful addition to any home and with the right care you really can add years of life to your flooring. Hardwood is durable and can withstand pets and children with the right precautions. There are a lot of dos and don’ts for protecting and maintaining hardwood flooring that we will go over.

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