Winter. Shovel blades scraping against the wood. Ice, snow, extreme wind chills. Heat extremes, humidity. All these things work against the wood on your outside deck. And regardless of the wood that your deck is made of, it requires maintenance, and there is no exception.
Your deck needs to be maintained about every two years unless, of course, you live in areas with extreme weather conditions. Maintaining your deck requires equipment such as a pressure washer, sander or chemicals, time, and elbow grease. Deciding which deck stain or paint to use is important as well. Different types of stains and paint help protect your deck’s wood from the damaging effects of the elements. It’s important to pick one that not only matches your home but also gives you the protection your deck needs.
Our knowledgeable experts at Dave’s Floor Sanding & Installation, Inc. have all the right equipment and know exactly what needs to be done to bring the life back into your deck and keep it protected no matter what the weather conditions are. We can make repairs and replace any broken or split supports. In addition, every precaution is taken to ensure that your siding and your plants are protected during the process.
With over 35 years in the business, we have a reputation for excellence. We will take the time to sit down with you and discuss not only your needs but the options that are available to you. Our goal is to give you a finished product that adds beauty to your home and yard so you can enjoy the days ahead!
When thinking about installing solid hardwood flooring, one of the things you need to consider is whether or not to install unfinished or prefinished flooring. For several reasons there is a big difference.
A nice thing about prefinished flooring is you can actually walk on your floor immediately. From start to finish, the installation time is significantly less. The flooring does not have to be cured. When it is down, it is done, and you can move your furniture right back into the room. Not so with unfinished flooring. Since it is finished on-site you may have to wait days or maybe even weeks before you can even move one piece of furniture back in the room. The reason for this is that while the flooring may feel dry, if not left to completely cure it is susceptible to scratches. It may also take weeks to cure due to multiple layers of the polyurethane as each layer must cure completely before the next is applied, making it extremely time consuming. But I do have to say if you are interested in any type of customizing such as inlays, medallions, or boarders, having the floors finished on-site is the only way to go. With prefinished flooring this isn’t even an option.
Factory applied finishes can be more durable than those done on-site and, with everything factored in, the final cost can be much less expensive. But if you have a tendency to want to change your floorings appearance, you will not be able to do this with a pre-finished floor. Even though it is initially more expensive, down the road the unfinished flooring will be much easier to sand and refinish to give your home a new look.
While both unfinished and prefinished solid hardwood flooring having their own advantages and disadvantages, you really must weigh everything in light of you and your family’s lifestyle. What will work best for you not only now but in the years to come? With everything there is to consider, why not let the professionals at Dave’s Floor Sanding & Installation, Inc. lend a hand. We have the knowledge and the equipment to not only help to guide you in making that decision but to see that any flooring need that you have is taken care of quickly and completely. Let our experts help to bring value and beauty to your home with new solid hardwood flooring.
Winters in Minnesota can be long and harsh. There is day after day and month after month of cold temperatures, snow, and ice that brings with it salt, winter mud, and dirt that can do damage to your hardwood flooring. So while spring brings with thoughts of cleaning, we also need to consider adding maintenance of our hardwood floors to that “to do” list.
You may not have even noticed during the winter how much damage was being done to your beautiful hardwood floors. Salt and dirt not cleaned up right away may have left behind scratches that have gotten deeper with time. Melted ice and snow puddles have left behind stains and discoloration. Now you are looking at your once beautiful hardwood floors and wondering when and how this happened. Thankfully, damage done to your floor can be corrected, but the amount of work and money required depends on how much damage has been done and how long it has been left unattended. Knowing exactly what needs to be done, what to use both in product and machinery, and the time and effort used to make these repairs can be overwhelming and is often best left to experienced professionals who will know how to expertly repair your hardwood flooring.
Dave’s Floor Sanding has been in business for over 35 years. Not only that, but our customer service representatives have decades of actual field experience and can easily help direct you to the best solution for any problem you are having. We have the equipment and the know-how to provide an environment of safety for our workers and for your family as well.
From our customer service reps to our flooring contractors, Dave’s Floor Sanding’s team of experts will work together with you to give you an outcome that will make you, your budget, and your floors happy and put the spring back in your step!
As spring brings with it the first robin and the sweet singing of a variety of birds in the trees, it also brings with it a sound that we really don’t want to hear…..that irritating floor squeak. How did this happen? Why does one part of the kitchen have a squeak but the one in the living room doesn’t sound the same. What is going on with the flooring?
You may begin to notice these squeaks during seasonal changes as humidity level fluctuations naturally cause contracting and expanding of your wood floors. The transition from the furnace being on and causing the air to be dry to the moisture that spring brings, causes fine cracks to develop. Then add in spring and its moisture that enters into the wood, causing the wood to swell and the floor boards to rub together giving you that dreaded squeak. You will notice it again when the wood begins to dry out which loosens the nails and the boards begin to move back and forth. This accounts for the regular squeak you hear.
One of the best ways to alleviate these sounds is to make the necessary repairs to your flooring and possibly your subflooring. Contacting a reputable flooring contractor who can come to your home and evaluate the sounds of your flooring and offer solutions is important due to the fact that this is something you really don’t want to do yourself. Using the wrong product or equipment can cause further damage that can cost you much more in the long run.
This is why it’s a good idea to leave this to the professionals, like our team at Dave’s Floor Sanding. We have heard every squeak your flooring can make and know exactly what to do to take care of it. From the knowledge and expertise, to the equipment, we can get the job done for you and can work within your budget. We will gladly discuss all options, even giving you a written estimate that will not change during the course of the work.
So, leave it to our professionals. Let us do the work so the only “music” you hear coming from your home is the one you are playing and not your hardwood flooring.
While doing spring cleaning this year you may have noticed that in some rooms of your home the hardwood flooring has begun to appear discolored or dull, with some areas darker than others or the flooring even changing color completely. Don’t panic! This occurrence doesn’t always mean something bad has happened.
Discoloration can sometimes be attributed to the finish that was used on the wood itself. Some start out as one color and because of the aging process different colored hues are brought out. There are also different types of wood where the color will change over the years, such as a cherry wood. This is not a problem with the wood or the finish or even how it was applied, it can be a natural process.
However, discoloration can also occur if the curtains or drapes are left open during the day and the direct sunlight remains on the wood for a period of time. Area rugs can also cause the floor underneath it to be lighter than the rest due to the lack of light. Sometimes your flooring can become dull or discolored simply due to the fact that a good sealer was not used initially.
If you are having problems with discoloration or a dull finish, talking with an experienced professional is a good place to start. Our experts at Dave’s Floor Sanding have the knowledge of wood and their finishes and what can cause your floors to become discolored and dull. After determining the source of the problem, we will explain in detail the repair process and even how to prevent it in the future. Allow our knowledgeable staff to help you to recapture your floor’s beauty and to protect your investment.