Wood Floors Flooring Refinished – Hardwood Creations 281.579.1136
There are three types of wood flooring, and two types of wood floors that can be refinished and resurfaced. Lets start with more traditional type, solid wood floors usually 3/4x 2 1/4 0r wider but always 3/4 of an inch thick. This type of wood floor has been around for years is known to be the best as it a warmth and rich feel that no other wood floor can add. This solid wood floor can be nailed or glued but only with widths as wide as 3 1/4. Anything wider than this is recommended to be nailed down on plywood. When using a glue method we recommend using a concrete epoxy that will not just minimize the moisture penetration from going into the wood but will eliminate it completely. The type of wood glue you can use for this installation is a polyurethane glue only, like wood glues by Bostik or Mapei. If you chose a nail down method than we recommend you using a moisture barrier instead of the older technology of 15# felt paper that only works as a retardant and will not prevent moisture penetration. So in that case we suggest you use it will completely block all moisture penetration. A solid wood floor can be refinished multiple times actually up to 5-7 different times depending why you are refinishing your wood floor. When refinishing a solid wood floor one must always allow for a 3 coat process which is standard, one coat of stain and two coats of polyurethane.
The second type of wood floor is an engineered wood floor the name says it all its basically a manufactured wood floor product. Its made up of at least 3-5 layers all running perpendicular to one another. One of the great things about a engineered wood floor is that it will never cup or buckle. This type of installation can be installed using a polyurethane glue or a water base glue and really doesn’t need a concrete sealer. The engineered wood floor alot of floor companies do not recommend refinishing this as the top layer is usually very thin but with today’s technology in floor sanders it should be know problem. As long as the top layer is at least 1/8 inch thick at minimum. Because the way the flooring here was cut, when sanding, refinishing, resurfacing one should allow for a 4 coat process. Again one coat of stain and two coats of polyurethane these types of wood floors almost always absorb the the urethane.
The third type of wood floor is called a laminate floor or floating wood floor. Although they don’t have the great name that comes with there counter parts believe me these floor are great! I personally suggest using a Tekno-Step or Quick-Step product, I know personally that the locking system to these wood floors are excellent and the wear protection you get is second to nun. With today’s technology these laminate floors look as realistic as wood emulating hand-scraped and exotic species of wood floors. However these types of floors cant be refinished at all but will last at least 20 years.