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


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.


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.


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. Greg Cabrera says:

    If you have ever felt a little overwhelmed with a home remodel project, then I suggest you call Erick Rios of Rios Hardwood Flooring at (770) 310-4727. He and his team did an excellent job in delivering peace of mind to what is a nightmare situation for my living space. The home flooring installation project was high quality, on time, and on budget. I also want to express gratitude to Erick as a professional for what appears to be a species facing extinction these days, “the honest contractor.” Let’s just say when Erick says he is going to do something, he does it. He is every bit as reliable, honest, and trustworthy as a person I have met in the home remodel contracting business which is likely why he is highly referred in Lockridge Forrest.

  2. AJ Walsh says:

    Erick and his team brought my 23 year old house back to life with beautiful, rich, meticulously finished floors. Rios Hardwood is a full-service outfit including furniture moving, sanding, staining, 3 coats of poly, moving furniture back inside and even stripping the stairs and handrail to perfection. I am very pleased with the final result and recommend Erick and his team of professionals highly. Erick performed the work on schedule with precision and craftsmanship. Thank you Erick and team, I love my floors!

  3. Gillian Sharp says:

    Eric and his team provided top quality service. We were delighted with the finished floors. Eric was able to fit our job in despite a short deadline. Would highly recommend!

  4. Joann Simmons says:

    Thanks again for your excellent service. The floors look better than new ,since you finished the cleaning and buffing of the original floors to the house. I will continue to recommend you to my friends and family. The floors you installed still look GREAT.

  5. Nick Musich says:

    Erick recently refinished the floors in a house I purchased. The floors were in poor shape as the previous owners must have tried to do the work themselves and they did not know what they were doing. Erick was able to rehabilitate the appearance and take out the squeaks! He was able to work around our schedule and finished on time not to mention the results are beautiful!!! Thanks!

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