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Custom Hardwood Flooring - Specializes in hardwood floor refinishing, Installation, Repair, and Wood Floor Restoration. A company that thrives in providing both commercial establishments and households with wood flooring services that are done with a genuine dedication to high-quality results. We feel that it is our responsibility to keep our clients informed and provided with the latest trends and techniques in the world of professional wood flooring.

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Hardwood Floor Refinishing Versus Buffing hardwood floors, what is the difference?


You had hardwood flooring installed at your home. Several years after they no longer look as vibrant and have minimal, light, micro scratches. Now you just want to revive your wood flooring without having to sand the floor, so what do you do?


We have encountered this numerous times over the years. Sometimes homeowners will call and tell us they don't want to have their wood floors sanded but they just want to "clean" it. We call this buffing or screening. Buffing hardwood floors is just lightly sanding off the top finish of the hardwood flooring. This process can help improve the overall look of the floor, remove light scratches and other imperfections that are just on the finish. 


However, buffing or screening hardwood flooring does not help in removing deep scratches that are on the wood. It will also not remove deep stains, dents, and gauges. To take care of all this hardwood flooring issue, we must sand the hardwood floor and refinish it by applying coats of the polyurethane finish.


Stained Damaged Hardwood Floors that will need to be sanded and refinished 


Sanding, on the other hand, is the process wherein the top layer of your hardwood flooring is sanded off with different grit of sandpaper at different phases of the process. Whether your floors can be sanded or not depends on the wear layer that your wood flooring still has. If there is no longer enough wear layer left and the engineered wood flooring is still sanded down, you expose the plywood plank and risk breaking the flooring plank. This type of restoring or rejuvenating your hardwood floors require a much more intensive work compared to just buffing the hardwood floors.


Having their hardwood floors buffed or screened is quite popular with homeowners that have wood flooring that is not so worn out and are just looking to have their floors looking fresh once again. Also, we found that buffing hardwood floors are sometimes the last recourse we have to improve the clients' hardwood floors when they can no longer be sanded. After buffing the wood floors, a fresh coat of finish is applied. Clients have the option to apply as little as one coat of polyurethane finish or more depending on their preference.


So the next time that you are considering to have some hardwood flooring restoration work done, figure out if buffing your wood flooring can be an alternative choice over sanding and refinishing your hardwood floors. Both can improve the overlook of your floor and potentially address wood flooring problems such as hardwood flooring dullness, scratches, dents, gauges, etc.


It is also best that a professional hardwood flooring service provider is employed. This ensures that the work is done right the first time and the homeowners are spared from any liability arising from hiring non-qualified wood flooring installers or refinishers.



The unfortunate truth is that water leaks on floors especially hardwood floors translates to costly and time-consuming repair. Water leaks or floods will not discriminate against what type of floors they damage. It makes no difference whether the floor was a one-of-a-kind custom made hardwood flooring or if it is a low-end DIY snap together type of wood flooring.


So what to do when water damage happens to your hardwood flooring?

First we assess the water damaged wood flooring to identify and eliminate any source of moisture. Once the source of moisture is removed the water damaged floor needs to be addressed before further damage occurs. In cases like this damage may not only include damage on the hardwood flooring itself but also may include damage to the substrate or sub-floor or finished living space below the floor.

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Assessing the water damaged floor means looking out for signs of moisture that can promote the growth of mold and other organisms which increases the risk for serious health problems. Also, corrosion on metal fasteners such as nails.

When a wood floor starts to buckle, it requires replacement. Buckling of the wood flooring means that the fasteners and adhesives are no longer working. and the system will never return to its original state.

After the damage assessment is done, we then evaluate the wood flooring materials which include the wood flooring species, cut, profile, finishes, and the installation methods so to properly address the repairs.

This is followed by determining the target moisture content of the floor as related to the humidity and temperature of the area or location of the property. Hence, a professional hardwood flooring installer will conduct moisture testing. The wood flooring installer will most likely use pinless, dielectric meters to scan the flooring surface and map the damage. Also, he or she may use an insulated pin, hammer probe-type meters to achieve readings at multiple depths of wood flooring and sub-flooring.

It is equally important that sub-floor materials be thoroughly evaluated too. Water finds its way through any floor covering and will potentially adversely affect the sub-floor. Water damage to the sub-flooring is critical to address the water damage issue. Below are typical sub-flooring materials and what a professional hardwood flooring installer would address when evaluating:

Plywood - swelling, distortion, and delamination due to exposure to a high level of moisture. It is required that when these damages occur that the plywood sub-floor be replaced. Make sure that the replacement is according to industry standards.

Oriented Strand Board (OSB) - once exposed to water, swelling can occur with this type of sub-flooring. The swelling will create a decrease in the sub-floors density and a reduction in within-board strength due to the release of compaction stress created during the pressing process of manufacturing. When damaged is evident OSB sub-flooring materials need to be replaced.

Concrete - is a very porous material and typically won't show damaged when exposed to water. However, adhesives, sealers, and other compounds will slow the drying of a wetted concrete slab. The moisture from the concrete sub-floor will seal through any wood flooring installed on top of it. When a property has concrete sub-flooring moisture content testing is done. Hardwood flooring installers will have to put plywood on top of it and a moisture barrier sealer to make sure that any wood flooring will be installed on top of it won't buckle overtime.

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