Nature's rich beauty is abundant when displayed through the character of a Finish in Place hardwood floor. In addition to various wood species and finishes, hardwood planks are also available in different widths – an elegant addition to any home.
Finish in Place or unfinished hardwood is installed in the home and then sanded. The stain and 2-3 coats of urethane finish are then applied. The urethane finish, brushed or mopped on, is known as a “floor finish” not a “furniture finish”. Since your floor is being finished in your home, please be aware that your floor will not be “dust free” as it is impossible to create a “dustless” environment. Some dust will fall onto the freshly applied top coat of urethane finish. You may also see sanding marks, small bubbles and brush marks.
Finish in Place hardwood floors are available in two constructions, “Engineered” and “Solid”.
Engineered products are constructed of two or more different layers or plies . The plies vary in thickness, lending dimensional stability to these products. This construction isalso more resistant to warping or cupping of the boards.
Solid products are just that – solid throughout, and may be limited to certain installations.
Both of these types of floors may be screened and recoated to rejuvenate the finish and revitalize the floor's natural beauty.
Each species of wood has its own unique characteristics. Color is determined by what part of the tree the wood comes from. The grain pattern is determined by the species and how the wood is cut. Natural variations in the color and grain are normal and to be expected. Similar to natural stone, these variations create the beautiful look of a wood floor.
Wood floors will expand and contract due to moisture and temperature changes, causing hairline cracks, slight height variations or both. Hardwood does not expand or contract equally in all directions. This is not considered a defect but a natural result of nature. In dry climates, you may want to consider the use of a whole house humidifier to help minimize shrinkage and hairline cracking.
No subfloors are perfectly level. You may hear hollow sounds where your subfloor's surface dips and ridges. This does not effect the integrity or installation of the hardwood. Hollow sounds are normal and are not considered a product or installation defect.
Cover furniture and table legs with protectors to guard your floor against damage. Take care when moving heavy objects across your floor to avoid scuffing.
Place walk off mats at each entryway to collect dirt and grit that might be tracked in. These tiny particles act like sandpaper and will scratch your floor. Be sure to avoid using rubber-backed or non-ventilated mats or rugs as they can damage your floor – instead use mats made especially for hardwood floors and remember to shake them out regularly. In addition to entryways, be sure to place mats in any areas where water may be splashed, such as near a kitchen sink.
Stiletto heals will cause dents and scratches which are not covered by warranty.
All hardwood floors will fade, darken or change shades over time. Exposure to sunlight will greatly increase this process. Window treatments are recommended as well as rotating area rugs and furniture regularly allowing floors to age evenly.