Give us a call! We’ll come out to your home and inspect your floor, take measurements and educate you on the different options available to bring your floors from “old to Gold!” When we arrive to get started there’s a list of things we do before sanding including, floor prep, house prep, shoe removal, carpet removal and any floor repair or patching needed. Now we’re ready to SAND!
Step 1: Sanding
We aggressively sand away and remove the old finish, scratches, gouges and imperfections in the wood. We are also level the floor by sanding deep enough into the wood to literally create a new wood layer.
After several hours (and some floors many:) we have a brand new wood floor surface ready for staining and finishing.
Step 2: Staining or Natural Finish
Now that the wood is sanded, the world is yours. You can stain the wood any color you’d like or go natural by applying a water or oil based sealer and finish directly on the floor. Looking through our website will give you a decent idea of what natural and stained floors look like. The majority of the floors you see here were finished with the natural color of the wood. You can do whatever you’d like and many customers have trim, cabinets and etc. that need to be matched. The choice is yours!
Step 3: Oil or Water? Choose your finish
Regardless of staining or applying finish directly to the wood, you need to choose an oil or water based finish. Oil is what has been most common to people for the last few decades. Oil has alcohol which causes the wood to amber/glow/redden a bit. Oil finish ages and can turn yellowish or orange over time. You’ve probably seen this. It’s very durable, strong and a great product to use. A couple negatives of oil. It takes about 24hrs between coats so the job takes much longer, it’s toxic so it’s not good for kids and animals (or grown ups) to breathe the fumes and lastly it can have an aged look like I mentioned turning orangish/yellowish over time.
Water has been developing over the last 10 years and becoming the standard in the industry. It’s low VOC (non toxic) components make it safer to breathe and environmentally friendly. It doesn’t amber the way oil does and has the ability to give your floor a very light colored tone. It’s also incredibly fast drying with only about 1-3 hours between coats so it makes projects move along much quicker and you able to get back into your house and start living again. We’ve done many projects in a day where we show up sand and finish and the customer was able to walk on their floor when they came home from work! Water is different than oil in that it’s more expensive to make and generally costs anywhere from $50-$150/gal more than oil depending on how strong of a finish you’d like. You can purchase finishes that literally turn to a rock once opened and ready to use so there’s a lot of options with water. If you can afford the upgrade it’s a great decision!
Step 4: Satin, Semi-gloss, Gloss
All that’s left to do now is decide if you want a flat, calm floor (Matte) a soft, mellow shine (Satin) kind of shiny but not too shiny floor (semi gloss) or a shiny floor (gloss). It’s hard to see a huge difference in pictures so we’ll show you samples to help you make your decision.
Thanks so much for reading and we look forward to helping you with your hardwood floors! Old To Gold team.