Hardwood - Before You Buy

Before you purchase hardwood, know this.

Nothing motivates people to learn about something than when they have to invest a sizeable sum to purchase it.

Buying hardwood flooring is no exception.

It pays, today and tomorrow, to know not only the basics but some of the specifics.

In the journey to finding the right flooring for your home, understanding things like hardwood characteristics, traits and quirks can be invaluable.

That’s why we offer you this section.

It’s a summary of many of the things you should know about hardwood before you open your checkbook or get out the charge card.

Know this about Finish in Place hardwood. Nature’s rich beauty is abundant when displayed through the character of a Finish in Place hardwood floor.

In addition to various wood species and finishes, these hardwood planks are also available in different widths – an elegant addition to any home.

Finish in Place, or unfinished hardwood, is installed in the home and then sanded. The stain and 2-3 coats of urethane finish are then applied. The urethane finish, brushed or mopped on, is known as a “floor finish” not a “furniture finish”.

Dust is a fact of life and finishing. Since your floor is being finished in your home, please be aware that your floor will not be “dust free” as it is impossible to create a “dustless” environment.

Some dust will fall onto the freshly applied topcoat of urethane finish.

You may also see sanding marks, small bubbles and brush marks.

However, take heart, Finish in Place floors may be screened and recoated to rejuvenate the finish and revitalize the floor’s natural beauty.