New floors are great in new homes but they also make a great enhancement to existing homes. We work to make the process painless and unobtrusive for the customer. Each home is unique, and we recommend expert advice with our free estimates.
A clean level surface is needed for installation of new material. This may mean existing floor coverings such as tile or carpet need to be removed. Carpet is usually a cinch to take care of but tile removal can be quite difficult.
A special moisture barrier paper should be rolled across the entire subfloor. The wood is then transported into each room and loosely laid out. Each board is nailed individually into place with special cuts applied when needed. The first and last couple rows in each room are the most difficult. The time it takes to install varies widely depending on the shape of the room and the direction the boards are laid. The more irregular the shape the longer it takes. If the direction of board layout is the same as the longest length of the room it will take less time than if it is perpendicular to the longest length.
Unless a pre-finished product is used the floor will need to be sanded and finished. The new flooring should sit inside a house for two weeks before being sanded. This allows the wood to acclimate (expand or shrink) to the structure’s normal temperature and humidity. Like installation; the time varies depending on the shape of the rooms and the direction of the boards. The sanding equipment used has vacuum attachments every step of the way. This allows a high degree of control over airborne dust. If an existing home sensitive items like books, pictures, plants, and ceramics should be covered or removed.
After the sanding process 3 layers of finish are applied. The first coat is a sealer or stain; it varies depending on the desired color of the floor. The next 2 layers are an oil-based polyurethane finish. A minimum wait of one day in between each layer application should be observed for best results. It can take longer for the finish to cure if the absolute humidity is high (which is very high in Missouri during most of the year).