Sanding / Re-Finishing

When the sanding of your floors begin it is usually best to be out of the house in most situations. The typical sand and finish job takes 3-5 days to get 3 coats of finish installed on the floors. The number of days depends on the stain color and square footage.

Hardwood products are finished to enhance or alter the natural beauty of the wood, and to protect the wood from damage by moisture and handling. Erhardwoodflooring makes sure every floor finish will have great performance and will also meet the project's aesthetic requirements.

As hardwood floor experts Erhardwoodflooring knows the most important step in hardwood finishing is wood preparation. Indentations, grease, oil and other wood defects are removed with multiple grits of sandpaper, scraping, and even sponging and then sanding. The stain and finish then can be taken into the pores evenly across the whole surface.

The cellular structure of a wood influences its appearance. Open Grain hardwoods, such as elm, oak, and ash are "ring-porous" species. These species have distinct figure and grain patterns. Close Grain hardwoods, such as cherry, maple, birch, and yellow poplar, are "diffuse-porous" species. Most North American diffuse-porous woods have small, dense pores resulting in less distinct figure and grain.

Certain closed-grain woods such as cherry and maple tend to develop finishing blotches caused by textured grain. No matter how much sanding is used on these areas, they will never disappear.

A stain's penetration also depends on the final grit with which the wood was sanded. For instance, the large valleys left by 80 grit sandpaper will absorb much more pigment than will the fine tracks left by 150 grit sandpaper. For this reason it is important to prepare samples with the actual grits and the actual stains and finishes.