Sanding and Refinishing
If you want a way by which you can enhance your home dramatically then that has to be refinishing your hardwood floors. Through this procedure, you will not only be able to improve your home's aesthetic look but preserve or restore its value as well. The following are some of the most significant reasons why homeowners decide to refinish their floors:
- The floors are already worn out
- Deep scratches are already seen on the floor
- Have decided to remove the linoleum or carpet to refinish the wooden floor underneath
- Have decided to alter the color of the existing wooden floor
Sanding & Refinishing
When we say "sanding", we simply mean sanding off or removal of the existing finishes of the hardwoods. Most of the time, sanding requires the removal of about 1/32 inch of the wood. Basically, a sealant is applied along with two coatings of polyurethane.
Woods which are as thick as ¾ inch can be sanded several times. However, this can only be done properly with the right hardwood expert. Take note that your hardwood should last 100 to 150 years and this can only be achieved with the right hardwood services offered by a trusted and reliable company like Liberty Hardwood Floors.
Two Major Types of Finishes
Oil Base Finish
This kind of finish is resistant to scratches and moisture. It is highly recommended to both commercial and residential areas where high amount of traffic is present. Basically, 2 or 3 coats of oil base finish are applied with a 12-hour drying time between each coat.
After the last coat is applied, allow it to dry for a period of 24 to 48 hours before using the floor. Over time, an oil base finish tends to look amber in color (a combination of orange and brown), giving your home a richer and more attractive looks over time.
Water Base Finish
This type of finish tends to be duller compared to oil base finish. However, using this type of finish gives you some advantages, too. For one, this type of finish dries faster than the oil base type. Most of the time, 3 to 4 coats are applied with only 1 hour drying time in between coats.
After the last coat has been applied, anyone can step on the floor after 24 hours. Another important advantage of a water base finish is that it comes with fewer fumes which are commonly irritating due to excessive VOC content.