FACE & EDGE DETAILS
There are many options for face and edge details which can be added to any customized wide plank floor, both adding to the uniqueness of the floor.
A face scrape can be added to every floor and will vary greatly from order to order. The boards are either hand scraped, or scraped with a machine in order to sculpt more unique markings onto the face of each board, all creating a truly custom hardwood floor.
After sanding your hardwood floors we achieve the worn or old time look of a distressed floor by choosing items that would have probably been dropped, imbedded or dragged across a hardwood floor in the olden days. These items may be but not limited to chains, cables, barbed wire, nails or lags (barn spikes). The look is usually finished off with a face tinting and a light sanding to darken the imprint of the imbedded items.
A resawn face on wide plank hardwood floors is a fully rough face that the mill specifically achieves to create a truly unique floor.
SKIP SAWN FACE
A skip sawn face adds character and detail to the wide plank flooring. This type of hardwood floor detail gives you an opportunity to have a floor installed in your home or cabin that can portray either an old western appearance or a rustic yet modern feel.
In general we use two different methods for edge scraping your wide plank hardwood floors: a hard scrape and a soft scrape. You have the opportunity to customize the scrapes through the intensity of the scrape, either a light, medium or heavy scrape.
A micro bevel is yet another option for the customer to choose from. This detail is a small taper, just enough to show the distinction between each plank, on the edges of your hardwood floor planks.
There are two main types of finishes we use on hardwood floors as top coats: oil poly’s and water born. We are not limited to these selections as there are other specialty finishes such as mono coat systems, natural oils, etc., which we can apply for a more custom look. The most common finish sheens we apply are a satin or satin/matte sheen, the higher the gloss the more your eye will notice imperfections from everyday use such as scratches or dents.
OIL POLY (POLYURETHANE)
These top coats are a beneficial finish to use when you are looking for that vibrant pop of color or you are using a wood species that requires the use of oil poly to pull out the natural color and maintain it. Oil poly top coats contain a natural ambering agent; as a result your floor will have an amberized tint to them over time. The initial coat has an amber color to it, but intensifies with age and light exposure. As a result if you have a portion of your floor covered for instance with an area rug and decide a few years down the road to replace it or remove it you most likely will see the outline of the area rug.
WATER BORN (WATER BASE URETHANES)
The water born top coats are beneficial for fast dry times, low odor and a non-ambering finish. Water born finishes do not hold the vibrant color of the wood as oil poly’s do over the years. The water born finishes are great for most wood species, but do not work well for all species, as some woods will need the oil poly to draw out and maintain the natural color of the wood.
Stain is applied after understanding the basic color, shade and tint you’re looking for. It is either a pre-made color or a custom blend and is applied in order to achieve the color you desire for your hardwood floor.
Dyes are used to change the overall tint of the wood if the color you desire is not possible with a stain.
Tinting the face of your hardwood floors is an option for circular skip or band sawn skip floors. We create this tint in order to achieve an old, worn, or shadowed appearance in the floor.
A french bleed is a blackened tint on the edge of a board, usually extending into the face of the hardwood floor plank. The french bleed is a detail applied typically to an edge scraped hardwood floor. Paired with a skip sawn floor face, a distressed floor face or a face scraped, this makes for a beautiful look of old world charm.
Hardwood stairs are a great compliment to your hardwood floors and allow you to give your home a truly custom look.
Matching your hardwood stairs to your hardwood floor is a great way to tie your upstairs to your main level or your main level to your basement. Another reason to consider hardwood stairs is if the stairs in your home are heavily used. Carpet will typically show the wear and tear all too fast, where as hardwood stairs does not show a warn path and in the the long run will cost you less and give your home more custom character.
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HARDWOOD FLOOR INSTALLATIONS
Many of the project aspects are considered before the hardwood floor installation: the moisture content of both the subfloor and the hardwood, if you have the proper subfloor for installation of hardwood, the aesthetics of what direction your flooring should be laid, where the floor should start in the layout, the size of the room(s) and the plank widths the room can handle. We will use one of two installation methods when installing your hardwood floor, either nailing or gluing down your planks, depending upon the subfloor in your home. Being that every home is unique, we take all of these aspects into account in order to give you the best product for your home, installed with quality craftsman-ship to make it last.
HARDWOOD FLOOR REFINISHES
Refinishing your hardwood floors is a way to simply restore the flooring planks to their former glory, to completely change their character by distressing or scraping them, or by giving them a custom color.
Tear outs may be required due to fire damage or water leaks and may even be required when a home is closed up for an extended period and not properly maintained. Depending upon the extent of the damage a hardwood floor may need to be fully or partially removed and replaced, both services in which we offer.
Repairs usually take place when single or multiple boards are damaged or when permanent fixtures are removed, such as an kitchen island or cabinet. When a repair is required we remove and replace the bad boards or will even lace new ones in.
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Guidelines to Follow After Final Coat of Finish Has
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Your Newly Finished Floor – Oil-Modified Urethane
Been Applied to Hardwood Floor
The finish on your floor will take 30 days to achieve its full cure.
Place, do not slide, furniture on the floor until 72 hours after the floor is finished.
Be sure all furniture has floor protectors underneath.
Do not place rugs or mats on floors for 30 days.
Do not use recommended wood cleaner on floor for 2 weeks.
Refrigerators require special attention! Use floor guards, Masonite, or plywood when moving. Do not use cardboard.
Do not put refrigerator back on floor for 72 hours.
Your Newly Finished Floor – Water-Base Urethane
The curing process takes approximately 7 days.
Do not set furniture on the floor until 72 hours after the floor is finished.
Be sure all furniture has floor protectors underneath.
Do not place rugs or mats on the floor for 7 days.
Cleaning with water or detergent is not allowed during the first week.
Refrigerators require special attention! Use floor guards, Masonite, or plywood when moving. Do not use cardboard
only. Do not put refrigerator back on floor for 72 hours.
Keep Your Wood Floor Clean
Remove grit regularly with a micro fiber dust mop, soft broom or vacuum.
Wipe up spills with a clean dry cloth, or use paper towels. Use a damp cloth to wipe up sticky spills.
Use ONLY wood floor cleaner designed for your finish. DO NOT USE waxes, furniture polish, Murphy’s Oil Soap, or
other commercially advertised products for wood.
Do not use cleaners such as Fantastik, 409, Pine Sol, vinegar and water, or Ammonia. All of these products can cause a
film which will make the floor look dull and dirty. They will also contaminate the floor so that it must be sanded rather
Protect Your Wood Floor
Use floor protectors on the bottoms of all your furniture. These are available in a variety of sizes and styles.
High heels can dent the wood fibers of your floor. This can occur regardless of your choice of finish.
Use area rugs in front of sinks and walk-off mats at entryways to prevent tracking of water on your floor.
All surfaces can be scratched. Keep dog’s toenails trimmed and filed.
Control Your Home’s Humidity
Wood is a natural product which is affected by the humidity in the air. Dry air will cause your floor to contract, causing
separation of the boards. This can be even more pronounced with a lighter colored floor.
If indoor humidity drops below 35%, a humidifier should be used to prevent excessive separation.
Too much humidity can cause the floor to cup or buckle.
If the humidity rises over 50 %, use air conditioning. Fans can be used for ventilation throughout the home as well.
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