Hardwood Floor Refinishing - Northbrook
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Frequently Asked Questions

1st Question Answer

Hardwood floor refinishing is the process of sanding down the top layer of a hardwood floor and applying a new layer of finish. This process can remove scratches, stains, and other damage from the surface of the floor, and give it a fresh, new look. The whole surface needs to be sanded a few times with a different grate of sanding paper and buffed to achieve the perfect effects.

2nd Question Answer

The length of the refinishing process can vary depending on the size of the room or work area and the condition of the floor, but it typically takes about three to five days. This includes sanding, staining (if desired), and applying the finish coats. Different finish has different curing time, for example oil based finish requires at least 8h of cure time between coats in regular conditions and the water base is usually cured after 2 hours.

How long does the refinishing process take?
3rd Question Answer

Yes, you can stay in your home during the refinishing process, but it is important to keep in mind that there will be some noise and some dust. We take precautions to minimize the mess like securing the other area of the house by taping the foild and clean up thoroughly when the work is done, as well as use a vacuum with dust separator and special filters.

Can I stay in my home while the work is being done?
4th Question Answer

Yes, all furniture and other items need to be removed from the room before we start the refinishing process. We can help with this if needed, however usually it would have to be done earlier before we start refinishing, as we need to plan our time accordingly.

5th Question Answer

We use a variety of finishes depending on the customer’s preference and the condition of the floor. We apply both oil-based polyurethane and water-based finishes like bona, Loba WS EasyFinish and Glitsa, and can explain the difference between both. Each type of finish has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the best choice depends on your specific needs and preferences.

What type of finish do you use?
6th Question Answer

This can depend on the amount of foot traffic and wear and tear on the floors, but in general, hardwood floors should be refinished every 5-10 years to maintain their appearance and protect them from damage. It also depends on the amounts of sun that the floor gets hit by. If you have a skylight or big windows with

How often do I need to have my floors refinished?
7th Question Answer

Yes, there may be some odor during the refinishing process due to the chemicals in the finish. However, we take steps to ventilate the area and minimize any unpleasant smells.

Will there be a strong odor during the refinishing process?
8th Question Answer

After the refinishing process is complete, it is important to avoid walking on the floors for at least 24 hours and to keep them dry for the first 48 hours. Once the finish has fully cured, you can clean the floors with a hardwood floor cleaner and avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. It’s also a good idea to place felt pads under furniture legs to avoid scratching the surface.

9th Question Answer

We use professional-grade sanding machines, edgers, and buffers to ensure a smooth and even finish. We also use dust containment systems to minimize the amount of dust produced during the sanding process, scrapers, and other tools needed to accomplish the work like hammer, craw bar, air compressor, nail gun, glue etc.

What type of equipment do you use for hardwood floor refinishing?
10th Question Answer

It’s important to wait at least 24 hours before walking on the newly refinished floor, and at least 48 hours before placing furniture or rugs on the surface. The finish will continue to cure and harden for several days after application, so it’s best to avoid heavy foot traffic during this time.

11th Question Answer

Yes, if you want to change the color of your hardwood floors, we can apply a new stain during the refinishing process. We can provide samples to help you choose the right color for your space. We can apply the new color on the small area of your existing floor to help you better envision how it will look.

Can I change the color of my hardwood floors during the refinishing process?
12th Question Answer

We take precautions to protect your walls and baseboards during the refinishing process, but some minor scuffs or marks may occur. You will have to hire someone to touch up any areas that need attention to ensure a seamless finish or do it yourself.

Will the refinishing process damage my walls or baseboards?
13th Question Answer

Yes, we can refinish engineered hardwood floors, but the process is slightly different than refinishing solid hardwood floors. We will assess your floors and recommend the best approach for refinishing them. Usually you can refinish engineered floor up to 2 times, all depends on the amount of real wood in the engineered floor and the floor wear.

Can you refinish engineered hardwood floors?
14th Question Answer

Refinishing will restore the natural beauty and shine of your hardwood floors, but it depends on the condition of the wood. If the wood is severely damaged or warped, refinishing may not be enough to make it look like new again, and you will have to install a new hardwood floor.

Will refinishing my hardwood floors make them look like new again?
14th Question Answer

The cost of refinishing hardwood floors varies depending on several factors, including the size of the floor, the condition of the wood, the type of finish used, if there will be a stain used or not, if there are some woodwork to do like quarter rants; baseshoe; baseboards and the location of the job. On average, the cost ranges from $3 to $8 per square foot. However we are quite competitive and usually charge from $2-4 per sqft for sanding depends on the job complexity.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Water-Based Finishes for Hardwood Floors

When it comes to finishing your hardwood floors, water-based finishes have gained immense popularity for their eco-friendly nature, low VOC emissions, and stunning results. In this guide, we’ll delve into the diverse world of water-based finishes, comparing two prominent options: Loba’s WS Easy Water-Based Finish and Pallmann Water-Based Finish. Whether you’re aiming for durability, aesthetics, or environmental responsibility, this guide will help you make an informed decision.

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A Closer Look at Loba’s WS Easy Water-Based Finish

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Comparing Performance and Aesthetics of Water-Based Finishes

Delve deeper into the technical aspects of these finishes. Compare their resistance to scratches, spills, and UV rays. Understand how each finish enhances the natural grain and color of your hardwood, elevating the overall appeal of your living space.

Water-Based Finishes: Environmental Benefits and Indoor Air Quality

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Application Techniques and Maintenance Tips for Water-Based Finished Hardwood Floors

Master the art of applying water-based finishes with expert techniques. From surface preparation to ensuring an even coat, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions for a flawless finish. Additionally, gain valuable insights into maintaining the beauty and integrity of your newly finished hardwood floors. The easiest way to apply those finishes are applicator and roller. Those kind of finishes dries pretty quick, so it is important to avoid direct wind for the time of applying and for the next 10-15 minutes after applying.

Realizing Longevity and Beauty: The Future with Water-Based Finishes

As the demand for sustainable solutions grows, water-based finishes emerge as a pivotal choice for hardwood floor enthusiasts. Explore the future trends and innovations in water-based finishes, ensuring your floors remain stunning and resilient for years to come. We are constantly testing and trying new kinds of hardwood floor finishes available on the market and take a part in workshops about different methods of applying stain and using different hardwood floor finish.

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