HIGH GLOSS, SEMI-GLOSS, AND MATTE FINISH… THE CHOICE IS YOURS

Hickory_Brandon_1 - CopyHomeowners face lots of options when installing hardwood floors. Besides opting for exotic hardwood or domestic wood products, they also need to consider colour and profile. But one important factor often overlooked and impacts the look, durability, maintenance, and security of your hardwood floors. Will you install matte, satin, semi-gloss, or high gloss hardwood floors? It’s time to have a closer look.

What’s Sheen?

In very simple terms, sheen indicates the sum of reflection made by means of a finish. High gloss provides higher levels of manifestation, and thus more sheen, whereas matte creates almost no reflection, and is deemed to have the lowest level of sheen. Semi-gloss aka moderate gloss comes in near the middle, satin finish is gaining in popularity falling between matte and semi-gloss for sheen.

Higher Gloss

The more sheen in your hardwood floor finish, the greater degree of detail and drama displayed. For dining rooms, sunrooms, libraries, bedrooms and studies, a high gloss hardwood flooring finish defines the wood grain and gives darker stains more pizzazz. It delivers an elegant finish that appeals to a certain decor. Bear in mind that a high gloss finish also wears easily, so picking it to get a high traffic area like the hallway or primary living area may be wise. This type of finish also highlights debris and dust on the floor, possibly increasing care demands. Footprints show up easily on high gloss flooring, although that depends on the stain color selected. This sheen degree may present a slippery surface, like a basketball court, but countless people buildings across North America rely on the durability and beautiful look of high gloss hardwoods.

Lower Gloss

As we said, glossy might not be the best option for traffic areas. Wear marks show up quite quickly and imperfections or scratches in the finish have a tendency to stand outside. If you’re looking for the drama and appearance of the highest sheen level, yet wish to put money into hardwood that will hide imperfections and continue longer, semi-gloss wood flooring work really nicely. Most popular hardwood brands carry lines using a semi-gloss end, available in a broad range of wood species such as dramatic exotic types and traditional domestics. Request samples of the flooring you prefer at a semi-gloss sheen. The sum of gloss should be indicated on the product info, often in a fraction, but actual looks vary. If the semi-gloss remains too reflective for your tastes, consider a satin finish. This sheen degree is reduced gloss and frequently referred to as lacquer, but will not pose a small sheen for that upscale appearance. Based on where the timber flooring will be located and what kind of finished look you are trying for, choosing between higher and lower gloss hardwood flooring is fairly straightforward. Start by considering using your area. For a dramatic appearance, high gloss fits the bill. For busier areas and people who prefer a decrease maintenance product, matte finish would be your thing to do. Talk to your flooring retailer and request samples to make your selection process smoother.

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The best sanding and what it includes?

The first step in sanding process is actually the preparation of the floor before the sanding. It is good to move the furniture out and take down any curtains or drapes. Use tape to shut any cupboards and doors to seal them against dust, although we are working with modern 99% dust free sanding machines! For the lovers of vinyl or linoleum, once you have removed the covering any glue or adhesive on the boards is going to be scraped off. Here is good to mention that some floors need more preparation than others and our experts are going to help you with this.

Above the surface of the wood we are going to remove any exposed nails or staples. We are going to fix the loose boards and repair broken boards as we replace them. When we are replacing boards we are choosing specific wood type that is going to match your original floor and once it has been sanded down it will look stunning! The preparation of your floor is integral part of achieving a quality end result, our experts have years of experience and our work is guaranteed!

High-filtration vacuum is the step we make after the preparation of the flooring. Our experts work with high technology system, that is designed to provide quality service in industrial applications like sanding.They are developed for efficient clean up and removal of light or weight waste and small dust parts.

The vacuum receiver filtration is accomplished by a canton flannel filter bag with a filtration area, and as we mentioned our machines provide 99% dust free process. Traditionally hardwood floor sanding is typically an extremely dusty process. The dust-storm in your home is a big clean-up headache and a potential health risk to your home environment. With our dust-free sanding those days are gone! Our machines improve conditions on the job and sets new standards with efficient, ergonomic and dust-free sanding from a new generation.

Sanding of the main floor surface includes a sandpaper and hand of an expert! It is important to be done by professionals because it may leave a very rough surface if the coarse paper is not the right one for this current floor type. With each sand with finer paper, you are removing and smoothing out the roughness of the wood and this is why we use really fine paper either. It really does make your flooring much more smoother, and easier to maintain. Our company provide our customers with a services as covering all aspects of sanding, gap filling, painting and everything your floor needs, contact us any time your floor is in need of attention!

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Top 5 Softwood types

Top 5 Softwood types

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PINE-Pine is a softwood which grows in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere. There are more than 100 species worldwide.
ASH-There are 16 species of ash which grow in the eastern United States. Of these, the white ash is the largest and most commercially important.
HICKORY-There are 15 species of hickory in the eastern United States, eight of which are commercially important.
BEECH-The American beech is a single species which grows in the eastern half of the United States.
BIRCH-There are many species of birch. The yellow birch is the most commercially important. European birch is fine grained, rare and expensive.