Burkhart Wood Flooring LLC specializes in sanding and refinishing hardwood and softwood flooring. Have your floors lost the WOW factor? Are your floors looking scratched, nicked, and dented? It may be time to have them sanded and refinished. We take great care to make sure your floors are professionally sanded and finishes are applied correctly to give you a great looking floor that will last.
We use our HEPA rated dust containment system on every sanding job to help insure your home stays as clean and free from airborne dust as possible.
How do I know if it’s time to refinish my hardwood flooring?
This question needs to be answered on an individual and situational basis. Is there significant wear in high traffic areas? High traffic areas will show wear before other areas of the floor. In front of the kitchen sink, in front of the stove, and around entryways are all considered high traffic areas for your flooring. If the damage is noticeable and looks odd when compared to the rest of the flooring then it may be time to refinish the wood floors.
At Burkhart Wood Flooring LLC we provide free consultation and estimates.
While we are in your home during the quote process we will make sure your floors can be sanded. We do this by measuring the wear layer to see how much wood is left for sanding. If the wear layer is 3/32” or thicker, your floors can be sanded. Many engineered wood floors cannot be sanded due to very thin wear layers.
After we have verified that your floors can be sanded we follow these steps:
First, we must flatten your floor and remove the existing stain and finish. We do this by scratching your floor, called the sanding process. We start with the highest grit possible to remove the least amount of wood to get the job done, usually a medium to coarse grit paper.
Second, once the floor is flat, we continue sanding to reduce the scratch made in the first step, usually with a medium to fine grit sand paper.
Third, we screen the floor with a fine to very fine grit to remove any edger marks or inconsistencies left after the first two steps have been completed, in order to prepare the floor for finishing.
Fourth, we will vacuum the floors, walls, baseboards and window sills with a high powered vacuum. Then we thoroughly clean the floors with tack cloths in order to pick up any fine dust that may remain on the floors after vacuuming.
Once the floors are clean we will apply the first coat of finish. After the first coat of finish is dry, we will return to buff, vacuum and recoat the floor with two more coats of finish, all per the manufactures procedures. And after the last coat of finish has dried, we will come back to inspect your floors to make sure it meets our quality standard.
Nothing has as much character as a beautiful, lustrous, cascading staircase of wooden steps and rails. While the process is indeed tedious and time consuming, the finished product is more than worth the work. Allow our team of highly trained professionals to refinish your wooden staircase today and realize everything that your staircase can be.
We refinish porches! We also sand and seal them in preparation for painting.
We only use finishes from trusted manufactures, BONA, Basic Coatings, Pallmann and Waterlox.
There are four basic types of finishes;
- Oil Based Urethane – is generally the most common surface finish and easy to apply. It is a petroleum base with a blend of synthetic resins, plasticizers and other film forming ingredients that produces a durable surface that is moisture resistant. It is a solvent base polyurethane that dries overnight for walking, it fully cures in 30 days, it ambers over time and comes in satin to high gloss sheens. Oil base urethane have a high V.O.C. rating.
- Water Based Urethane – is fast becoming very popular. Waterbase urethane is a blend of synthetic resins, plasticizers and other film forming ingredients that produces a durable surface that is moisture-resistant. These finishes are clear and non-yellowing and have a sheen level from satin to semi-gloss. Waterbase urethanes have a low V.O.C. rating and they dry in about four hours for walking and fully cure in 7 days. Waterbase urethanes are more expensive than oil base urethanes.
- Penetrating Sealers – These sealers are spread on the floor and allowed to penetrate and are solvent based. The excess sealer is removed with rags or buffed in with synthetic or steel wool pads. This type of finish often has a color and can be used to stain and seal the wood floor. Penetrating Oil Sealers are made from Tung or linseed oil, with additives that improve drying and hardness. Drying and 100% cure is quick, usually less than 7 hours. Penetrating sealers are more expensive than oil or waterbase urethanes.
- Paste Wax– The oldest, easiest to apply, least expensive, fastest drying, easiest to repair, and with proper care can survive forever. Wax over a penetrating stain, and the system is in the wood so you wear the wood, not the finish. Wax is spread in thin coats for a surface protection after the stain and/or sealer is applied, then buffed to the desired sheen. The down side is to maintain its sheen it must be buffed on a regular schedule.