Hardwood flooring is gorgeous and timeless. It is elegant and rich in natural beauty. Up to Date offers pre-finished and un-finished hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring has become a very popular choice for home and business owners. We offer a wide variety of the most popular tones and textures of hardwood flooring. We guarantee your hardwood floor will be skillfully installed on schedule. The knowledge and ability of our company guarantees a quality installation and custom finish that will last a lifetime. Satisfaction is always guaranteed.
Union County Hardwood Flooring | Different Types of Wood Floors
Union County Hardwood Flooring | Prefinished Hardwood Flooring
Adding a pre-finished hardwood floor to your home has many advantages. Because the wood is pre-finished, there is no need for sanding or finishing at the site of installation. This minimizes cleanup time and allows for the floor to immediately be walked on after installation. The finishes are very durable and can last a lifetime.
Union County Hardwood Flooring | Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
Unfinished hardwood flooring is not only elegant and beautiful, but it greatly increases the value of your home. Due to sanding and finishing that takes place after installation, an unfinished hardwood floor requires a lot more time and expertise to properly install than a prefinished hardwood floor does. Although it takes more time and work, the variety of wood, color and finishes available give you complete creative freedom. The end result is a beautiful customized hardwood floor that is well worth the extra labor and time.
The Importance of Proper Sanding | Union County Hardwood Flooring
Two things an improperly sanded floor will produce: unsightly sanding marks and premature wear of the finish coatings. First, let me explain a little about different grits of sandpaper, then the different types of machines that are used and finish with a sanding scenario.
Sand paper for sanding hardwood floors comes in different grits: 12, 16, 20, 24 are called “open coat”. These grits are used for sanding off of old wax or varnish. Most floors don’t require this aggressive off paper. “Coarse” paper comes in 30, 36, and 40 grit, these grits are mainly used for flattening of poorly milled flooring or flooring that has experienced a lot of movement, also good for floors that have a lot of scratches or UV damage. “Medium” paper comes in 50 and 60 grit, this is what we typically start sanding most jobs with. “Fine” is 80 and 100. And finally “Extra Fine” is 120 and 150 grit. We finish in the fine to extra fine range depending on the job and the look that is desired.
Union County Hardwood Flooring Sanding Machines
We use different types of sanding machines on the floor which require different types of paper and they have different uses. The “big machine”, which is basically a big belt sander, is used to sand the field of the floor. It is a rough sanding machine. The “edger” sands the edges of the floor along the walls, places where the big machine can’t get to. A “multi-disc” sander, we use one called a Trio, is used for fine sanding of the floor. A small random orbital sander, such as the Festool RO 125 Rotex, is usually used around the edges to clean up any sander marks left by the edger. And finally a buffer is used for inter coat abrasion and for fine sanding for those that do not have a multi-disc sander.
When sanding you don’t want to skip more than one grit. If you start out with a coarse grit, which creates deeper scratches, and jump to a fine grit you will only sand off the peaks of the coarse grit and not effectively remove the deeper scratch marks, resulting in a rough surface which will cause premature finish wear as the finish sitting on the peaks of the wood is worn off sooner.
Let me give you a scenario: take a red oak floor about 20 years old, 3 kids raised on it, couple dogs and cats, water spills, average life happens and the floor hasn’t had anything done to it in that time frame. At this time typically most of the finish has worn off in the walk ways and dirt has begun to be ground into the soft grain of the wood.
We would start with a 40 grit, skip 50 grit and sand with a 60 grit. Skip 80 grit and finish sanding with a 100 grit. This process will give you a beautifully, clean, new looking floor with minimal waste and provide a good surface for finish that will maximize it’s life.
Union County Hardwood Flooring Free Estimates
We are a very small specialized company with a large client base so we, unfortunately, cannot service everyone. In order for us to properly service our clients we do not do free on site estimates. We simply don’t have the manpower to keep up with demand. Yes, we are always looking to hire but we have high standards so if you know anyone interested please have them contact us.
We ask that you email us details of your project and pictures. We have been doing this a long time and can get a pretty good idea based upon pictures of what it will take to complete your project. We can then give you a good idea of what it would cost to complete your project.
You can email us at email@example.com. In the email, along with the pictures of your project, please include the measurements of the rooms, what you are looking to have accomplished, what type of wood and what finish option you are considering and any questions you may have. We will then email you an estimated price.
You can call us at (908) 233 0574. we will ask you about details regarding your project. You will want to have the measurements of the rooms, what you are looking to have accomplished, what type of wood and what finish option you are considering and any questions you may have. We will then be able to provide you with an estimates quote.