Aug 252016
 

Searching for “cheap hardwood floor refinishers?

You get what you pay for, right?  With that being said, we will give you the best value and quality hardwood floor refinishing for your money.  Here is why:

Some people searching for cheap hardwood floor refinishers only focus on the cost per square foot or the overall cost of the hardwood flooring refinishing job.  At Advanced Hardwood Flooring Long Island NY we are honestly not trying to charge more than the fair and reasonable cost for hardwood floor refinishing jobs.  We have been refinishing wood floors for 70+ years (3rd generation family owned and operated).  So we know what it costs to do a wood floor job the RIGHT WAY.  We do every wood floor job as if it were in our own home or family or friends’ home.

Unfortunately, we are called too many times to repair hardwood floors that another wood floor contractor messed up.  We are not trying to use scare tactics to sell you.  Look at the photos below.  We recently took them at a home we were called out to give an estimate to fix this botched job.  See all the dips and divots?  They are the darker lines you see in the photo…

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The dips and divots in the floor above were created by an un-experienced or careless wood floor contractor during the floor sanding process.  The sanding machines professional wood floor contractors use for hardwood floors are powerful and can do a great deal of damage in the wrong hands, sometimes even ruining the wood floors beyond repair.

sanding-wood-floors-NY-Long-IslandTake a look at a hardwood floor sander in this photo.  It has a powerful motor than spins a sandpaper belt at high speeds.  If you are not moving the sander across the floor at a steady, even pace you will get an uneven floor.  If the operator pauses in place for even a split-second, the floor will get divots worn into the wood.  If a wood floor contractor is doing a rush job to save time and money, your floor will not have that smooth, seamless shine that is expected on hardwood floors.  Each pass of the belt sander should move smoothly, at a steady and slow pace, across the entire length of the floor, and in the same direction as the floor boards and grain of the wood is.  You just can’t rush this.  Well, you could, which is when you end up with wood floors that look like this unsightly, embarrassing mess in the photo below.  Not only is this nightmare of a floor riddled with divots (you can clearly see where the belt sander rested too long in spots), this floor also shows us that the operator was moving the sanding machine across the grain.  Yikes!  Look at all the lines diagonal to the wood planks.

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This wood floor is laden with divots from a careless hardwood floor contractor.

Think all wood floor refinishers do the same quality job?  Think again.  Wood floor sanding requires a delicate and experienced touch.  And there are several stages to the process that need to be done right or your floors will never look good.  The proper way to sand down wood floors is to go over them several times, each pass with a finer grade sandpaper, until they are as smooth as a fine piece of furniture.  And it iss a multi-step process.  Once we are done with the Belt Sanding Machine, we switch to an Orbital Sanding Machine (shown in photo below).  This machine is for fine sanding and cutting the grain between coats of varnish.   What does that mean?  Well, when you lay the first coat of sealer on freshly sanded hardwood floors, the tiny wood fibers tend to rise and stick up.

Cost to refinish hardwood floors on Long Island, NY

If you don’t “cut the grain” off hardwood floors after the first coat of sealer by sanding it with a fine mess screen sandpaper on an orbital sander, you will never get that smooth as glass look.  Your hardwood floors will be rough and look something like this in the photo below…

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This wood floor contractor skipped a step to save time and money. They failed to “cut the grain” between coats of floor finish.

Fortunately, we were able to restore the damaged wood floors in this home and repair them back to new.  But it cost this homeowner not only the extra cost for us to fix it but the TIME, TROUBLE and aggravation.

If you hire the right hardwood flooring contractor, guys who have experience and care, who take pride in their work like we do, when the coats of varnish are put down on your floor it should look something like this…

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And between each and every step, painstaking efforts are done to keep dust particles from mixing in with the varnish.  This takes time.  This takes lots of careful cleaning with tact clothes and vacuums.  This also often requires to turn off the air conditioner and fans so dust particles do not float and land on the varnish before it dries.  This often requires us to work in hot, stuffy rooms with still air.  But, this is what you have to do to get a hardwood floor finished properly.   If everything is done carefully and correctly, your hardwood floors will end up like this…

Hardwood floor job done right

If done properly, your hardwood floors should last 10 years of more without ever a care or worry.  So, please, when you are searching for an estimate for hardwood floor refinishing, make sure you compare apples to apples.  Make sure they contractor’s estimate tells you the following:

Hardwood floor estimate checklist

  • What kind of machines will they use to sand down your wood floors with?
  • How experienced is the operator?
  • How many coats of varnish will they use?
  • Will they do any sanding between coats to “cut the grain”?
  • Will they be carefully cleaning before and after all coats of varnish to minimize dust?
  • Will they be turning off Air Conditioner, heater, or fans to minimize dust during wet coat applications?

You should also ask to see photos of their work.  Good luck and well wishes to all of you who are searching for a discount hardwood floor contractor.  We believe our company offers the most QUALITY and VALUE for the cost because we know we care enough to do all our hardwood floor refinishing jobs as if they were our own floors.  Advanced Hardwood Flooring, Inc, located in Westbury Long Island NY proudly services Nassau County and Western Suffolk County, New York.

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Feb 192012
 

Clean Hardwood Floors

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One of the most common questions I am asked is, “How to clean hardwood floors?”

1. The first thing you need to to is to determine what kind of finish is on your hard wood floors – SURFACE SEALED FLOOR or PENETRATING SEALED FLOOR.

  • Rub your fingers across your wood floor.  If your finger leaves a smudge mark then your floor has a wax finish which is indicative of a Penetrating wood sealed floor.  Typically older wood floors are like this.   A penetrating seal or oil was soaked into the floor and liquid or paste wax was applied afterwards to help seal and protect it.  You need to clean this type of wood floor with care.  Plain soap and water or Murphy’s Oil Soap is a good product to clean this type of wood floor.  But be careful using too much water and towel dry them afterwards to blot up excess moisture.  Once clean, seal these wood floors with wax.
  • If you see no smudge when you rub your fingers across your hardwood floor, then your floor is most likely a newer SURFACE SEALED Floor.  Most of these types of hardwood floors were sealed with polyurethane or a polycrylic product.  These types of hardwood floors are  stain and water resistant and the easiest to care for and clean.
  • If the floor finish is worn off and you can see the wood, you will need to get the floors refinished.  If you are not sure, try pouring a little water on the floor. If the water is absorbed into the wood then your finish is worn off.  Most likely, the floors will then need to be sanded and covered with a sealer and protective coating (several coats) to get restored back to looking like new. Here below is a photo of a hardwood floor that needed to be refinished.  Notice how you can see the finish is worn off and the wood itself is now dull, dark and embedded with dirt.

hardwood floor refinish photos before after

These photos show a high traffic area near the front entrance door where the floor finish is worn off.  In the next photo below, you can see the AFTER picture where we refinished the hardwood floors to look like new again.

hardwood floor refinish photos before after

If you would like your hardwood floors examined by us in person, call Joe at (516) 322-8630  

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