Sanding and Installing process

Getting Ready!

Before we start any work on your floors, all furnishing from the room or rooms must be removed. We recommend hiring professional movers to remove and put furniture back before and after the job is complete. Also, if you have any paintings or decor on your walls we strongly encourage that they be taken down so that they are not accidentally knocked down while the wood is being installed and thre flooring equipment is moved in and out of the room. If there are any appliances such as: stoves, dishwashers, refridgerators, toilets and pedestals, you should contact  professionals from the gas/water company to disconnect any gas or waters, and reconnect them once the work is completed. We will let you know if anything else will need to be removed. Just be sure when we arrive the room is cleared out and ready.


How does the Installation of hardwood work?

Now that the room is ready, we will install the wood to acclimate to the temperature of your home. Acclimation is very important during the installation process and is absolutely critical for a high-quality job. The time required for this can vary anywhere from 5 days to two weeks, the living conditions of the home, and also the temperature and humidity of the home. For example, the wood is being installed in a home that is already being occupied, we would recommend 4-5 days to acclimate to the normal living conditions of the home. If the home is not being occupied, or is still in the construction phase, acclimation while the heating/cooling systems are turned on will bring the home to normal living conditions. In new construction homes, all windows and doors must be placed before acclimation process can begin, it will need to acclimate at least 2 weeks.

Please be sure to understand up front each aspect of the installation process, from long it will take, to which direction the flooring will be installed, and how the floor boards may vary in appearance. Also, keep in mind that wood is a natural product, produced in a factory called a forest, and no two boards will be identical. Variations in appearance are completely normal and will add to the beauty and charm of real wood floors.

Once the job is completed and you have been given the go ahead to move back into your room, we encourage you to put felt pads on the bottoms of furniture or appliances that may scratch the floors. Place scatter rugs at all entrances, avoiding ones with rubber on the backs which can discolor your floors. Lastly, avoiding walking on floors with cleats or high heels in disrepair, which can also scratch the finish or even dent the floors.

You can expect some color changes as the wood ages. Because wood is a natural product, it is subject to change in appearance, though in most cases, the change is quite subtle. Direct sunlight, furniture and rugs as mentioned before can cause discoloration as well. To help minimize this, we recommend moving furnishings and rugs around from time to time.

Finally, you should be prepared for spaces to appear and disappear between floor boards during seasons of high and low humidity. Because this is a product of nature, wood breaths and reacts to changes in humidity and temperature, which can cause temporary spaces in your floors. Ususally anything less than the width of a dime is considered normal and will usually correct themselves when the conditions are more favorable. Keeping your home within a 20 percent humidity level will help to minimize this problem. To keep your floors their best, you will need to take proper care and maintain them.specifically to the maintenance sheet you will recieve.


How does the Sand and finish process work?                                              

If floors are being sanded, finished, or refinished on site, you need to be prepared for some noise and disruption. Although we do have the dust reduction equipment, keep in mind some fine dust is to be expected. Anything in your home that would like to remain dust free we recommend covering those items or removing them from the home.

When your floors are ready to be stained (if desired) and the finish is applied, things will move quickly once the finish process begins. Because this is a critical phase, when the finish is being applied to your floors, you will not have access to the room or rooms until the finish is completely dried. Also, all pets and family members should be kept out the areas being worked for the duration. If you have pets they will need to go as well.

How many days does it take to sand and finish a floor?              

It all depends on the scope of work. If the customer hires us to install or just refinish we will let you know approximately how long the job will last and the exact process that will take place.

What about the dust?
Most people have worries about the amount of dust generated by finishing or re-finishing hardwood floors. Because the process of finishing floors involves sanding, there is always some dust, but we use top of the line dust reduction equipment to minimalize the amount. In fact, one of the most common comments that people make about Denton’s Hardwood Flooring is that we leave a clean job site.

Do we guarantee our work?
Yes. Denton’s Hardwood Flooring stands behind every job, We have bought our hardwood flooring from the same place for 20 years. It is very important to get wood that is NOFMA certified.