Hardwood floors are extremely appealing to the eye as they exude their own aura of charm to enhance any room. With proper care and maintenance, you can keep your floors looking lovely for years.
However, there may be a point in which your hardwood flooring cannot be remedied easily and it will require professional refinishing. SunCoast Flooring Solutions offers helpful tips to think about when it comes to refinishing a hardwood floor.
The simplest method of repairing deep gouges, gaps, and dings when refinishing flooring is by trowel filling after sanding.
It is preferable to fill gaps between the floor boards when the humidity is higher during the summer. The reason for this is because the inserted material will get pushed out in balmy, steamy weather if the process is performed during colder and drier conditions.
Even so, the procedure of trowel filling is not an exact fix, particularly when the method is utilized to patch tiny crevices where the filler can become loose very easily. It is better to use this process solely to repair more sizable splits and leave the smaller gaps unpatched in order to allow for wood expansion.
Choosing a Stain
Upon the decision to have your flooring refinished, you will need to choose a stain. There are a variety of shades available for you to make a selection from based upon your own personal preference.
It is important to keep in mind that contrary to the popular belief that darker colors are better at camouflaging dirt, the darker tints actually cause dust particles to be more visible.
Glossy floors look gorgeous, but they are very slippery; therefore, satin finishes are more sought-after nowadays since they are less slippery and safer when walking on them.
The disadvantages of waxed floors are that they are extremely slippery and not as durable as floors that have a urethane-based coating.
Water-based polyurethane finishes have the benefit of being low VOC so they do not have as strong a smell or are as hazardous to inhale compared to oil-based finishes.