We install raw wood, prefinished, engineered, and laminate wood flooring as well as trim and stair treads. Old school knowledge and craftsmanship combined with modern day technology and customer service.
Wood Flooring What Type is Right for You
Unfinished and Factory Finished Wood Flooring
All wood floors require finish. This is a protective coat that seals the floor against every day wear.
With unfinished wood flooring, we will sand the wood and apply the finish on the job site. There are several finish options available. This is the best option if you are looking for a specific color or need to match existing flooring.
With factory-finished wood flooring, the finish is applied at the manufacturer facility. These floors require less time to install because the sanding and finishing process has already happened. The floors are ready to walk on immediately following the installation.
Solid and Engineered Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness varies from ¾” to 5/16”. Solid wood flooring can be installed above or on grade, and can be sanded and refinished several times during its service life.
Engineered wood floors are real wood floors made using multiple wood or wood composite veneers. The veneers can be the same or different species. The grain of each veneer runs in different directions, which increases its stability. This means the wood will resist expanding and contracting during fluctuations in humidity and temperature. This type of flooring sometimes can be sanded and refinished, depending on the thickness of its top layer. Engineered wood flooring can be installed above, on or below grade.
Wood Flooring Sheen
When choosing the finish for wood floors, consider your lifestyle and maintenance preferences. All wood floors will require routine maintenance, such as sweeping or dust mopping, to keep them looking beautiful and new, but the finish will have a big impact on how the floor is maintained long-term, as well as how it will look in the years to come.
Each finish option comes in a variety of sheens. Each sheen has a different level of shine, which will impact the appearance of the floor.
Gloss sheen offers the most shine and reflect the most light.
Semi-gloss sheen offers less shine than gloss and will reflect less light than gloss, but more light than satin.
Satin sheen offers less shine than semi-gloss and will reflect less light than semi-gloss, but more light than matte. 95% of our homeowners either select satin sheen or matte.
Matte sheen offers the least shine and will reflect the least light. This finish also is sometimes referred to as flat. Becuase matte sheen reflects the least amount of light, it hides everyday scratches better than any of the other finish options.
We use all waterbased finishes. We believe that with advancements in the industry and product market there is no reason to continue to use the older oil based finishes.
Durability: In a third party test, waterbased finishes proved to be more durable, and resist wear and tear better than oil based finishes.
Indoor air quality: Waterbased finishes don’t pollute the air with harmful levels of dangerous chemicals or particulates
Cure time: Oil based finishes take over 4 times longer to dry and 2-3 times longer to fully cure.
Color: Waterbased finishes go on clear, and stay clear throughout their life cycle. Oil modified finishes have an amber tone and will continue to yellow over time.