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Having your hardwood floors professionally sanded and refinished can add beauty and value to your home.

At Southern Hardwood we specialize in sanding and finishing of hardwood floors. We take extra care to make sure your floors are professionally sanded and finishes are applied properly to give you a great looking hardwood floor that will last.

Our dust containment floor sanding system along with any further necessary steps we may suggest will help insure your home stays as clean and free from airborne dust as possible.

Listed are some frequently asked questions and answers we hope will help you understand more about the sanding and finishing process.

For further questions, or to schedule a free estimate, please call us 919-362-9919.


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There is no reason for you to have to leave your home while having your floors refinished. We do recommend as little traffic as possible while the work is being done and no traffic once the finish is applied. Most finish work is done during the morning hours and with today's faster drying products you can get back on your floors, if necessary, with light traffic later that afternoon to access other rooms.
Today's dust control equipment used in the sanding and finishing of floors has come a long way in protecting your home and workers from airborne dust, which means a lot less dust in your home. We will keep your home as clean as possible, our machines are equipped with vacuums that help remove dust, we also will close off any adjoining rooms with plastic if necessary to further contain any dust that may become airborne.
The total square footage and which finish you choose will determine how long the work will take. Most jobs take 3-4 days to complete. There is usually one day of sanding followed by a few mornings of applying the finish. To get an idea on how long your particular job may take, call us with the number of rooms and their general sizes, or you can schedule a free in home estimate.
You will have to remove furniture of all the rooms that are to be sanded and finished. We can help you move items that are large. If you need help in planning, or have to divide the job into stages, please give us a call, we can either come out to see which rooms may need to be completed first, or give you suggestions over the phone that may be helpful.
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Wood floors expand and contract throughout the seasons, although you may not be aware of this movement. After a few years they may become uneven and can lose the luster of the finish in traffic areas. Older finishes can change color over time and have a yellow or orange look to them. There may also be scratches, gouges, or you may want to change the color of your stain. Many customers today prefer a clear finish that brings out the natural beauty of their floor, a clear finish can also have some advantages over a stained floor. Some floors may not require a complete removal of the old finish, depending on the age and amount of wear, they may only need to be reconditioned. This process is faster and less expensive than a complete sanding and can protect and revive the luster to your floors.
Many customers today prefer a lighter more natural color with less shine than the darker floors of years ago. If you prefer a darker floor then we can help you choose a stain. Floors are all different and what may seem a good choice on a color chart might not look the same when applied to your floor. We use charts to get an idea of the color tone you prefer, then apply those stains to the floor to help you decide what works for your room. To bring out the wood's natural color and beauty, a clear finish is recommended. All of our finishes can be found in the finishes page and are high quality, durable and more UV resistant, helping to maintain the wood's natural color over time. These finishes come in satin, semi-gloss and gloss.
We have a flat price for sanding and finishing considering your floors are in generally good shape. Some things that might change this rate would be, if your floors have been painted (not paint spots), have an excess amount of wax build up or have had unusual water or moisture damage. You may call us with each of your rooms dimensions for a phone quote or we can come out, measure your rooms for you, and leave you with a free written estimate.
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