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October 2016

Hardwood Floors and Humidity

If you have hardwood floors and humidity in your home is not within the the optimal range of 35-55%, your floors may be at risk. Wood is a porous material, and humidity levels have an impact on appearance and durability of your hardwood floors. A lack of moisture in the air, or low relative humidity, during the winter months, causes a loss of moisture in the wood, resulting in shrinkage, splintering or …Read More

Should I replace carpets with hardwood floors?

Is your carpet showing signs of aging?  Are you planning to renovate your house?  Is the air in your house stale, in spite of being recently vacuumed and aerated? Perhaps you suffer from allergies or are concerned about environmental toxins? If your answer is yes to any of the above, than you may want to consider having your carpet replaced with laminated, cork, or hardwood floors. Carpets accumulate dust and create …Read More

Water based finishes or oil based finishes?

Both water based finishes and oil based finishes have different and specific uses. For example, exotic hardwood floors such as jatoba, cumaru and sukupira, amongst others, contain a high percentage of naturally occurring oils. Since oil and water do not mix, these woods cannot be treated with most of the water based finishes, except for Bona Traffic finish. Also, you will not have any success with your floor refinishing if the water based finish is used on the thin and narrow …Read More

Should I go with Dustless Floor Sanding?

If you like a clean environment, are suffering from allergies, have recently painted your walls or just want your floor refinishing job completed in a timely fashion, then dustless floor sanding is for you. Traditionally, hardwood floor sanding is an extremely dusty process. It’s like a dust-storm in your home, with a never-ending clean-up headache, lingering dust in your air ducts, and comes with a potential health risk to you. Our …Read More

Hardwood floor prefinished or on-site?

Both a pre-finished hardwood floor and a floor that is finished at the job site are in demand. A project that uses a prefinished floor can more easily meet client expectations of the project being completed on time, leading to higher satisfaction.  There are, however, colour limitations, and every factory finished hardwood floor has a bevel between the boards. If the subfloor has any slight levelling irregularities, these will affect your prefinished …Read More