Installation - Prefinished Flooring

Prefinished flooring is exactly that, it comes from the factory already finished and ready to install. To begin installing all we need is a clean, smooth and dry subfloor. Prefinished flooring has the following advantages:

  • Quickest install (we can lay 750 sq. ft. in a day).
  • Very little dust and debris, if any.
  • No smell caused by the finish.
  • Comparable in price to a regular hardwood floor installation.
  • Has the same life span as regular flooring.
  • More convenient for the homeowner as it can be used immediately after installation.
  • Approximately 20% of our installs are with prefinished flooring.

Finishing - Hardwood Flooring

Generally, finishing a hardwood floor takes three coats applied over a period of three days, however, if humidity levels are high, it could take an additional day to complete the process.

After the floors are sanded and cleaned, we apply the first coat of either stain or polyurethane (depending upon the desired finish). We allow the coat to dry over night and when it is sufficiently hard, we lightly sand the coat with a fine grit sandpaper (100 – 120 grit) to knockdown the grain, and to create a surface that will allow the next coat to adhere properly. The second coat of polyurethane is applied and allowed to dry overnight. The process is continued until all three coats have been applied leaving a beautiful hardwood floor that will last for years.

Finishing - Hardwood Flooring

Sealers

Oil based: 90% of the finishing jobs use an oil base poly, which has a light honey patina that adds to the beauty of the wood and brings out the natural woodgrain patterns.

Water Based: Usually a clear finish that enhances the beauty of the grain without adding any color. Water based is used in situations where a light colored wood needs to meld into the decorating scheme of the room.

Stains

Our high quality stains come in a variety of shades and patinas. They are designed to penetrate and seal the wood, while adding luxurious color. A coat of stain takes the place of a polyurethane coat. Example: one coat of stain with two coats of polyurethane is needed to complete a finishing job. A natural finish takes three coats of polyurethane with no stain coat.

Consultation

We typically inspect the site to determine exactly what needs to be done, and help build an accurate estimate. Some of the variables we look for are:

  • A dry, smooth subfloor. If necessary it will be sanded and cleaned thoroughly.
  • A suitable subfloor that is at least 3/4″ thick.
  • Carpet board and waffle board must be removed.
  • Desired type of wood, finish and grain pattern. Samples are provided.

Dustless Sanding - Hardwood Flooring

Dustless sanding of an existing wood floor usually consists of (2 – 4) passes. Each pass is done with a different grit of sand paper, with a final pass using a very fine 100 – 120 grit, depending on the type of wood being sanded. We stock sandpapers with grits of: 16, 24, 36, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100 and 120. The lower the number, the coarser the grit. Our professional refinishers select the proper combination of sandpapers needed for the job.

Installation - Hardwood Flooring

The installation of hardwood floors requires the same subfloor preparation as with prefinished flooring. The only difference is that sanding and finishing are required. We also offer a “Sanding Only” option where the homeowner is responsible for the finishing.

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  1. Susan Sims says:

    Erick did an outstanding job refinishing our floors (and adding hardwood to 2 more rooms and the stairs). I could not be happier with the outcome!! He has a high standard of quality and works at a level of perfection, leaving customers very satisfied!

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  2. Janice Kloess says:

    We are so pleased with the work Rios Hardwood Flooring did for us. Our floors have never looked better! Eric had many challenges working around our four children, a cat, dog and too much furniture, but he did it!!

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  3. Linda and Patrick Viglotti says:

    I feel like we live in a new house! The Rios Team did an amazing job refinishing our floors. All work was completed as promised and Eric was the ultimate professional. Thank you for making our home look great!

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  4. Becky Holmes says:

    Erik was so easy to work with. I received at least 4 estimates to have my 11 year old hardwood floors refinished and Erik was the most reasonably priced. The quality of the work is outstanding. I feel like I have a brand new house! The time-frame was exactly what he told me it would be, and there was very little dust in my house after the job was finished. I highly recommend Rios Hardwood Flooring for any job you might need!!

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  5. Audrey Kugler says:

    After you applied the 3rd coat of poly, the floors are a perfect match to the existing hardwood. Excellent work! Thanks for getting this completed so quickly and doing such a fabulous job!

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