FAQs About Hardwood Floors

Are hardwood floors expensive?  

Cost can vary, and they are of course subjective.  Though the initial cost is generally greater than other flooring options, hardwood flooring adds and maintains its value more than any other flooring type.  Many wood floors can be refinished multiple times in a variety of different ways which essentially makes them brand new each time.  In the event of damage or a remodel, wood floors can often be patched or repaired without requiring full replacement, and that will save a homeowner a lot of money in the long run.

How do I compare estimates?  

Like with any trade, contractors have lots of different opinions on how to complete their services.  One of the biggest contributors to the cost of the project are the materials needed for the process.  There are big variations in materials in terms of quality and price.  This applies to both wood and the cost of finish.  Because of this, it’s quite rare for a homeowner to be able to make an apples-to-apples comparison of quotes.   We make our product selections based on education and over 30 years of experience in this field.  We strive to make sure our customers understand that the estimate we created for them is tailored to the objectives outlined in an initial consultation.  It matches these objectives with the best possible material options available to complete their project.  We never cut corners on the materials and supplies we choose, but we will do all we can to keep the costs within the customer’s budget. 

Are hardwood floors hard to clean and maintain?  

No.  Sand and site finishes and the aluminum oxide finishes on prefinished hardwood floors should be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This is easy to do, and you will receive all the information you need to do this at the completion of our services.  

What is a recoat?  

Properly maintained wood floors can often be recoated instead of being fully refinished.  Rather than being sanded down to bare wood, the surface can be lightly abraded before a single coat of finish is applied over the existing topcoat.  Not all floors are candidates for this type of service, but many are.  We are happy to evaluate any floor for this process.

Do you offer dustless sanding?  

All of our equipment has dust containment vacuums attached.  These are extremely powerful, but there are times when a small amount of dust is produced.  This is always very limited, and it’s easy to clean up.  

Do you use water-based or oil-based finishes?  

We use both.  Our finish selection is generally made based on a customer’s desired outcome.  Most of the time we use a subcategory of water-based finish called hybrids.  These offer all the benefits of water-based finishes (faster dry times, no odor, low amber) combined with a more classic look that ages very well.  Not all finishes in the oil and water-based categories are created equal.  There are big variations in quality and price.  We will be happy to discuss our recommendations with you based on your need.  We also sample all the best options on site to help you make the best decision possible.