What Are The Most Durable Hardwood Flooring Finishes?

Hardwood flooring is one of the most attractive aspects of a home to potential buyers. It is a timeless addition to any beautiful home. They are very easy to keep clean and one of the hardest floors to damage. Typical home traffic damage to hardwood flooring is easily and inexpensively fixed. At Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA we have installed many floors. We have repeat customers call us ten years after flooring installation to refinish the hardwood floors. This will ensure beautiful flooring for another ten years for our return clients. One way to ensure your floors last for years to come is by applying a finish that is extremely durable and stands up to the toughest of family and commercial foot traffic. Bowling Alley Hardwood Flooring Finish

Commercial Grade Hardwood Flooring Finishes

The most durable products on the markets are applied to bowling alleys and basketball courts. They are not safe to apply yourself and should be administered by trained professionals. This is due to the toxic fumes emitted by the finish. These water based finishes (DuraSeal 2000) are best suited for commercial applications and light wood colors. They have a light blue hue to them over time. If you are building a new home and have the time to wait, Swedish finishes are just as strong. The only down side is the emit urea formaldehyde fumes for up to 90 days. The best of both worlds is oil modified polyurethane finishes. They emit less fumes and still have a very durable finish. 3 to 4 coats of said product will ensure many years of beautiful flooring that can take extensive residential or commercial traffic. The finish can also be screened and recoated in the future to brighten and restore the surface.

Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring installation needs. We can install new flooring or refinish and restore existing hardwood floors. No project is too big or too small; give us a call today (706)972-0025

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Best Hardwood Flooring for Animals

It’s no secret that hardwood flooring and animals don’t always mix. There are however, ways to make having hardwood floors and animals much easier. Having your dog declawed isn’t always the best answer and we at Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA have a few ideas that could solve your dilemma. There are options on the market for hardwood floors that are pet friendly. In this weeks blog we will cover ways and flooring materials that can stand up to fito’s incessant clawing and running across your beautiful hardwood floors.Brazilian Hardwood Flooring

 Hardwood Flooring Options That Are Not Wood at All

Companies now make porcelain tile that has beautiful wood graphics that take a long stare by a trained eye to pick out the difference. They now even come in long rectangular planks that mimic actual wood in size. The other non-wood option is laminate flooring. Laminate flooring has it’s own issues but is extremely scratch resistant.

Hardwood Flooring That is Pet Friendly

Brazilian hardwood flooring is extremely dense. It’s hard to scratch with a razor blade and almost impossible to drive a nail into without it bending in 6 different places. It is a great choice for pet owners if you like the style as well. Bamboo is also a great choice. Bamboo is actually a grass but the resins that are used to bind the strands make it extremely hard and scratch resistant. Hard maple has been used for ages as basketball court flooring. It has a beautiful domestic wood character and is very accepting of stains.

Don’t worry for your pets or go to extremes to have beautiful hardwood floors; call Advanced Flooring Solutions and rely on the professionals. We offer free estimates and consultation. Give us a call today (706) 972-0025.

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Quick and Inexpensive Hardwood Flooring Finishes

At Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA we are always looking for new and inexpensive hardwood flooring products to pass savings on to our clients. We believe we may have found a “wonder product” in Monocoat. Monocoat is a product produced by Special Hardwood Products Inc. and they have been in business for the last 22 years. We use their product on interior/exterior applications in commercial and residential settings all over the Cherokee County area.One Coat Hardwood Flooring Finish

The Simple Beauty of Monocoat

Monocoat comes in many different forms. You can use their product for interior flooring, exterior staining, counter tops and mill work, as well as custom finishes and designs.

Monocoat is a one-application finish. It saves a lot of time when applying your hardwood flooring’s finish to one need one coat. All other finishes require at least a two-step process to achieve the same level of performance. With typical polyurethane you must first apply a base layer, sand the first application, then apply a second coat to achieve a smooth finish. Monocoat will reveal a smooth finish in one coat which saves us time and in turn saves our customers money. You can view all of the available finishes and custom applications at their website Monocoat.com.

Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs. We offer free estimates and consultations. We will be offering great incentives and deals all of this summer so don’t forget to stop by our website for more information on great deals on your next flooring project.

 

How to Properly Install Hardwood Flooring Part 5

Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA has over 15 years of experience in hardwood flooring installation. We would like to pass some of that knowledge down to our customers so that they may compare our procedures to the highest standards of the trade. We would also like to give some tips and ideas to the “do it your selfer” family out there that may try to tackle flooring installation. We are going to write 5 different blogs on the steps needed to properly install hardwood flooring.Hardwood Flooring Finish

Laying the Finish on Your Hardwood Floor

This can be very difficult and may require the help from a trained professional. After making sure your floors are completely dust free, you need to apply the stain to your flooring. This can be done with a roller, rag, or paint brush. Either of these techniques will produce a different result. Next, you are going to want to allow the floor time to dry which will usually take 18 to 24 hours. Once the floor has dried to point that you can walk on the surface, you will want to do a full floor sweep to remove any dust that may have settled. Next will come polyurethane application. This is the hardest part of the entire process. You will need either a roller, paint brush, or lambs wool. There are other products out today that will assist you in the poly application but most of these require previous experience in polyurethane application. You want to apply the first coat evenly and consistent across the entire floor. Making sure not to leave any large bubbles. You will then screen the floor with a sander and a screen pad. Repeat this process until the desired look is achieved.

Next week we will cover the approach taken when you have sanded your floors and are moving on to the finish process. Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs.

How to Properly Install Hardwood Flooring Part 4

Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA has over 15 years of experience in hardwood flooring installation. We would like to pass some of that knowledge down to our customers so that they may compare our procedures to the highest standards of the trade. We would also like to give some tips and ideas to the “do it your selfer” family out there that may try to tackle flooring installation. We are going to write 5 different blogs on the steps needed to properly install hardwood flooring.

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Hardwood Flooring Sanding

This can be one of the hardest steps in installing your hardwood floors. Once your floors have been laid and properly swept and cleaned, you must sand the floors. This process is done to make the flooring plants even and to remove any blemishes that may be present on the board face. Sanding also helps the wood accept the stain better and opens up the wood grain. If you are using pine you want to rent or purchase a square “shake sander”. If you are sanding true hardwoods like oak, a belt sander is needed. Sand the open areas of the floor with the large stand up sander and sand around the edges of the wall and under stair cases with a hand held sander. These can usually be found in the same store you rented your floor sander from. Once the floor has been completely sanded, do a final sweep of the floors making sure to use a vacuum afterwards to get any stray dust that may have been pushed between the boards by the sander. This will get you ready for your floor’s finish.

Next week we will cover the approach taken when you have sanded your floors and are moving on to the finish process. Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs.

How to Properly Install Hardwood Flooring Part 3

Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA has over 15 years of experience in hardwood flooring installation. We would like to pass some of that knowledge down to our customers so that they may compare our procedures to the highest standards of the trade. We would also like to give some tips and ideas to the “do it your selfer” family out there that may try to tackle flooring installation. We are going to write 5 different blogs on the steps needed to properly install hardwood flooring.

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Remembering to leave room for board expansion is extremely important. Pop a chalk line 3/8 from the straightest least obstructed wall in the room. This will be the best wall to start from. Start by using a long board placed along the edge of the chalk line. You will have to face nail the first few boards until the pneumatic nailer will fit beside the starting wall. Don’t worry that you can see the nails now, we will cover how to remove them from site in the future blogs. Be sure that your flooring is ran perpendicular to your floor joists as well. This will help anchor the flooring and tie everything together. Once you’ve gotten far enough away from the way you can begin to use the pneumatic nail gun. Before nailing each board you want to be sure that the board is tight in the groove and that you’re not putting joints to close to one another. Everything else is fairly self-explanatory and if you have gotten this far should be a breeze.

Next week we will cover the approach taken when you have purchased your flooring and are moving on to installing hardwood flooring. Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs.

How to Properly Install Hardwood Flooring Part 2

Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA has over 15 years of experience in hardwood flooring installation. We would like to pass some of that knowledge down to our customers so that they may compare our procedures to the highest standards of the trade. We would also like to give some tips and ideas to the “do it your selfer” family out there that may try to tackle flooring installation. We are going to write 5 different blogs on the steps needed to properly install hardwood flooring.

Subfloor Preparation for Hardwood FlooringAffordable Hardwood Flooring

Inspecting the subfloor for damage or other imperfections is extremely important. Once your flooring is laid it can be extremely expensive and time consuming to come back and try to fix a problem. Making sure your floor is squeak free will save you some headache as well. With your subfloor exposed, walk around the area and try to pinpoint a squeak. If you think you have found one, drive screws through the subfloor into the floor rafters. This should be done until the squeak is gone and should keep the floor from squeaking again for years to come.

You want some sort of vapor barrier between your subfloor and hardwood flooring. Certain brands require different types of moisture barriers. This is because when moisture gets through to your flooring, the planks will expand and contract; ruining your hardwood floors. Before and after rolling out and stapling your moisture barrier, give the floor a good sweep. Also, remove all shoe molding from around the room as this will speed up installation.

Next week we will cover the approach taken when you have purchased your flooring and are moving on to installing hardwood flooring. Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs.

How to Properly Install Hardwood Flooring Part 1

Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA has over 15 years of experience in hardwood flooring installation. We would like to pass some of that knowledge down to our customers so that they may compare our procedures to the highest standards of the trade. We would also like to give some tips and ideas to the “do it your selfer” family out there that may try to tackle flooring installation. We are going to write 5 different blogs on the steps needed to properly install hardwood flooring.

Measuring Dimensions of the Room Getting Hardwood Floors20140203_111514

The first part of getting your hardwood flooring installation project off the ground is getting the dimensions of the room. This can be done by measuring 2 walls of the room in linear feet. You want to measure two perpendicular walls. Multiply the two numbers, this gives you the overall square footage of the room. This number will be extremely important when ordering the proper amount of flooring for the room. If you buy 6” wide board at 12’ long, you would need 22 of these boards to properly cover the floor of a room that is 10 feet x 10 feet in diameter. You always want to allow yourself 10 percent extra lumber for miscuts and defective boards.

Picking the Species and Board Width of the Board Planks

This comes down to a choice of preference. If you love the look of a light colored but complex flooring then pine may be best for your home. Pine has knots and grain texture that gives it a nice complexity but is light colored, which adds to its soft/warm appearance.

Next week we will cover the approach taken when you have purchased your flooring and are moving on to subfloor preparation. Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for all of your hardwood flooring needs.

Hardwood Flooring in Your Bedroom

It can be tough when trying to decide what type of flooring to put into your home. When building a home, it is usually one of the first things you have to consider and decide upon. If you have the idea of remodeling your home and have chosen to do floors, figuring out what flooring you want can be a little easier. Once you have lived in your home for a while you have the time to consider what is best for your home and family. Today at Advanced Flooring Solutions of Woodstock, GA, we are going to talk about the pros and cons of hardwood flooring in the bedrooms of your home. This choice of flooring is very important because it is the first floor your feet touch in the morning.

Hardwood Flooring vs Carpet FlooringPrefinished Hardwood Flooring

Despite the fact that carpet is harder to keep clean and less durable, it is soft and typically warmer feeling in the morning. There are other options for your bedroom that may benefit you and your family more. A few things to consider when choosing what flooring is best for your bedrooms are: does the family eat and play in the bedrooms, does the family pet ever spend copious amounts of time in one of the bedrooms, and are people allowed to wear shoes into the house? If you answered yes to anyone of these questions then hardwood flooring may be the best answer for you. Hardwood floors are more durable and by far easier to clean. They can also help the value of your home as well as make it more appealing to buyers. Beautiful hardwood floors are a lifetime investment. Hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished numerous times; making them last for many years to come.

Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call today to set up a free estimate and consultation. We use dustless sanding techniques which allow your family to stay in the home during the refinish process. The dustless sanders also leave very little mess to be cleaned after the refinishing process.

Hardwood Flooring on Below Grade Floors

As technology advances, there are many new forms of hardwood flooring to choose from. From extremely complex and beautiful solid hardwood floor patterns that come in two foot by 2 foot pieces to laminate flooring that, without a second glance, look just as real as solid hardwood floors. With hardwood floors becoming more prominent in the Woodstock, GA area, we at Advanced Flooring Solutions have expanded to carry nearly every available flooring product on the market. Our experience with the installation of the different flooring has shown that certain flooring products work better in certain areas. When installing hardwood flooring on basement concrete floors, you have to be careful about the products you use.

Moisture in Basement FlooringConcrete Finishing Process

Moisture is a huge problem for any type of wood. Not only can it accelerate decomposition of the wood but it can cause the wood to expand. If you have ever had a pipe burst in your kitchen and had hardwood flooring, you know all about expanded wood in flooring. Plywood and felt paper must be used to protect the hardwood flooring. This acts as a moisture barrier and gives you something to nail the flooring to. Using solid hardwood flooring in below grade floors usually voids the floor’s warranty.

Preparing the Subfloor of Your Basement

Your subfloor must be level and free of open cracks. This can mean using a leveling compound or grinding down large humps in the concrete. You must also check the floor for moisture content. This can be done by taping a piece of plastic to the floor for a few days. If moisture has gathered beneath the plastic, more extensive measures may need to be taken to remove the moisture from the concrete.

Manufactured Flooring in Basements

Manufactured hardwood flooring has a few advantages over solid wood floors when it comes to installation in basements and bathrooms. The plies of wood are laid perpendicular so that the grains cross throughout the length of the board. This helps fight moisture expansion and increases strength of the plank. Most manufactured floors retain their warranty in any grade floor of your home if proper steps are taken as per manufactures recommendations. Give Advanced Flooring Solutions a call for a free flooring estimate today. Image Source