Whatever your Hardwood flooring requirements, the professional team at Idaho Hardwood Flooring offers a wide range of services throughout Boise and the Treasure Valley. We never ask our customers to compromise.
With a refinish you not only get the look of a new floor but can now make definitive changes to your floors as well, such as changing the color, finish, and/or sheen. We work with a wide variety of colors: pinks, reds, blacks, cocoa’s, gray’s and whites, to name a few. Our showroom is a great place to take part in the key decision-making process of the design of your floor. As technology changes and science further perfects the mundane products in every aspect of our lives, so too does the world of floor finishes changes and improves.
The many sources on floor finishing, often espousing what appears as metaphysical rhetoric, confounds most customers. Let’s clear the air a bit on finishes. Most hardwood floor finishes fall into two categories: urethane’s and waxes/or natural oils. Most contractors in the wood flooring business tend to deal with urethane finishes and thus limit their discussion to waxes and natural oils. Urethanes are “build” finishes while waxes/natural oils are “feel” finishes. Urethanes show more scratching and abrasion yet protect much better against heavier damage such as dents. Waxes do not offer much catastrophic protection to the wood; however, are better at covering scratches and are easier for the homeowner to repair.
Flooring urethanes come in three groups: polyurethane, oil or “acid cure” urethanes (Swedish finishes), and water based urethanes. Polyurethanes are the most popular floor finish globally, but the least popular in our valley. Polyurethane is what one might think of as a “sports” floor finish. This is due to its common use in gyms as it provides great build and flexibility. Scratches are more prevalent with Polyurethane but its flexibility allows it to have a practical use in the sporting industry. As the weakest of the three finishes, polyurethane tends to degrade more rapidly than other urethanes.
The oil or acid cure urethanes are distinctive due to their strong odor. If you have ever walked into a home and had the air sucked out of your lungs from a deadly smell, you can attribute that odor to a product made by the company Glitsa. Glitsa was once based in Seattle and was thus used heavily in the Northwest and is still today a mainstay in Northwest wood flooring. Idaho Hardwood Flooring’s Glitsa finish is a combination of 60% water based urethane, 20% oil/acid urethane, 15% polyurethane, and 5% other (as per client request). 95% of our oil based wood flooring finish is a Glitsa product. The oil urethanes are much harder than the polyurethane’s as they wear better and are more scratch resistant while providing a warm golden color. The obvious concern with these finishes are environmental and health. Application of Glitsa finishes requires the homeowner to vacate the home for 24 hours before moving back in.
Water based urethane finishes are fairly new to the wood flooring industry, first arriving at a small scale in the seventies and then finding increasing use in the nineties. Success of water base urethane has experienced a bumpy road, in part because they pull any tannin or sawdust from the floor that can cause an unappealing discoloration. Sensitivity to heat and air also can adversely affect these finishes through uneven drying. Despite these negative characteristics of water based urethane, manufacturers believed a market for these products would eventually develop due to their environmentally friendly composition and their finished outcome proving harder than the other finishes. Today’s water based urethane products are very durable, and provide a user-friendly finish product. This finish displays a natural and clear coat that reveals little color and has the build of other urethanes.
In valuing finish to dollar amount to quality of finish, polyurethane is on the low priced end of the dollar, with oil urethane in the middle and water based urethanes on the high end. Our staff at Idaho Hardwood Flooring works closely with you to find the right finish application based on your design. Although we promote the water based coat because of its better wear, we work with you to satisfy your needs regardless of the type of urethane used.
As a homeowner selecting a wood for flooring, keep in mind that finish is only as hard as the wood underneath it, and is a factor in the wear and care of the wood. For example: an American Cherry with moderate use is going to show considerable wear compared to a Brazilian Cherry that is rated at the top of the Janka Hardness Scale for wood flooring. Our knowledge on wood composition will better prepare you to select the best wood for your floor.
Timelines to consider when refinishing a wood floor is that a crew can sand no more than 500 to 700 Square Feet a day. If your floor is of this size, refinishing might take two days and one half day is often required to apply a finish coat. Add a day for every 500 to 700 square feet. Most finish coats applied to less than 2500 square feet is often accomplished in one full day.
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- Furniture removal and reset
- If requested, we will remove baseboards but are not responsible for painting or caulking of the baseboards
- Making alternative sleeping arrangements based on the level and type of the flooring project. This can aid in the efficient completion of the project and ensure your safety.
Whether a major or minor wood flooring process your wood floor project is often trying, but one that is sure to bring joy to your home and one that is well worth the effort. In this volatile and ever-changing wood market we strive to mitigate anxiety to you and help you navigate the market to achieve a floor you will love for a lifetime.
Our new construction/new home warranties are also a two-year obligation similar to our in-home residential warranties. This is above the industry standard as many contractors frequently distance themselves from the client after completion of a project. Idaho Hardwood Flooring engages with the client, provides him or her with the service they deem worthy, and builds a lasting relationship.