We make hardwood flooring installation easy.
Hardwood flooring installation is not an easy task for a DIY-er. There are different types of hardwood floors, and each type has its own unique set of requirements and specifications that must be met in order to install it correctly the first time. For acclimation to humidity and moisture, stock wood should be stored for at least 1-4 days prior to installation.
Pre-finished Hardwood Flooring Providence
Pre-finished hardwood flooring is already sanded, stained and finished prior to installation. The biggest advantage of pre-finished hardwood flooring is that there is less mess and less time involved with the install. The biggest disadvantage is that there are typically limited options for color, sheen and grade.
Unfinished Hardwood Flooring Providence
If you decide to go with unfinished hardwood flooring, you can have your floors sanded and stained in your home. Some advantages are that there are many options for color, sheen and grade so you can really get the floor you want. Also with unfinished hardwoods, a coat of polyurethane will be used over the entire floor which helps to protect the floor against water and other potential damage.
The disadvantages of going with an unfinished hardwood flooring product is that it takes a long time to dry, creates dust, and prevents access to areas where work may still need to be done.
Which is the best for my hardwood flooring installation project?
Both are durable and can be used for many years. Both can be maintained in the same way and should be re-coated every three to five years. You can buff the floor with a synthetic pad, and then apply more polyurethane (either oil or water). The oil-based polyurethane is preferred because it provides a better finish. It is smoother and thicker than a water based product. The downside to water-based products is that they raise the grain of the flooring and leave a slightly rougher finished product. However, some people prefer to live with the rougher edges to enjoy the convenience of using the water based product.
We have seen polyurethane seep through gaps or old floors in basements over the years. Providence Hardwood Flooring cannot be held responsible if this happens. In the event of a leakage, please make sure you cover all carpets and valuables. Although this is rare and it has happened only a few times in our experience, we cannot control the situation but will do everything in our power to prevent it.
Temperature and Humidity
Providence Hardwood Flooring is not responsible for any moisture or humidity issues that may arise after a floor is installed. Water leaks, basement leaks or lack of climate control are all possible. Before, during, and after installation, the climate must be maintained at a constant temperature. Lack of moisture can lead to slight cracks and gaps in the floor. Too much moisture can cause it to buckle. The National Wood Flooring Association recommends that the floor be maintained at 45 to 50% relative humidity. We do our best to avoid such problems. Contact the office for more information about moisture and moisture-related problems.