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Site-finished Hardwood Flooring

Have Premier Custom Flooring install a custom hardwood floor. Choose any wood with any color stain and top coat, for a floor as unique as your home or office.

Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Originally they were used for structural purposes; being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers.

With the increased use of concrete as a sub-floor, modern homes no longer require the added reinforcement of a hardwood floor. Because of this, we can use solid wood floors almost exclusively for their appearance; the choices of materials and layout styles are virtually limitless. Whatever your flooring needs maybe, Premier Custom Flooring provides.


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Floor finishes

The two most popular modern finishes for wood flooring are oil-modified Urethane and water-based polyurethane. Within both categories there are many variations and other names used to describe the finish. Oil-modified urethane and water-based also have very different refinishing and maintenance regimes.

  1. Oil - Oiled floors have existed for several thousand years and is the most common floor finish used globally. Oil finished floors are made from naturally derived drying oils, and are not to be confused with petroleum based oils. Pre-finished oil floors can be UV cured. Most vegetable based oils are 100% natural and contain no VOCs. Steel brushes are used in the direction of the grain which opens up the surface of the wood and removes splinters. The wood is then oiled.
  2. Polyurethane - Polyurethane floor finishes were first introduced around 1940. There are several types of polyurethane finishes that exist, but the two most common are oil-modified polyurethane and water-based polyurethane. A note to mention is water-base urethane is harder than OMU poly's and is much safer for the user.

Sanding

Sanding provides a method for smoothing an installed floor, compensating for unevenness of the subfloor. Additionally, sanding is used to renew the appearance of older floors. Sanding using successively finer grades of sandpaper is required to ensure even stain penetration when stains are used, as well as to eliminate visible scratches from coarser sandpaper grades used initially. Prior to modern polyurethanes, oils and waxes were used in addition to stains to provide finishes. Beeswax and linseed oil, for example, are both natural cross linking polymers are hardened over time.

Maintenance

Proper use of vacuuming, sweeping, and damp mopping is usually all that is required to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of a wood floor. Oil soaps should not be used to clean the floors. Like tile floors, excessive grit and foot traffic will affect appearance. Unlike carpet or rugs, a properly finished wood floor, like tile, does not accumulate hidden soil or odorous compounds.