Refinishing Pine Floors
Want an example of refinishing Southern Yellow Pine flooring? They are everywhere, flooring well over a hundred years old, some much older, being turned into the showpiece of a restoration. North and South, Southern yellow pine floors were the standard for centuries because it is both durable and beautiful. White Oak and others, all newcomers. Pine floors truly fit within any style, from modern to rustic. If you need examples of the durability of Southern Pine, look no further than the Antique Reclaimed pine market. Many times, durability gets confused with pine being a “softwood”, while true you should understand two important additions to that statement. First, not all Southern Pine is the same, not even close. Second, the character of Southern Pine allows for easy blending of even the worst scratches, simply by hiding them.
Preparation for Refinishing
Preparation for the room is an essential part of refinishing pine. We suggest one room at a time, tape it off to control the dust, you will be glad you did. Refinishing any type of floor is messy and you do not want the dust and debris to end up all over your home. Face nailed flooring, the look of antique pine. Countersink any nails that have worked their way up to keep them from damaging the sander, logical. Maybe the most important, clean the floors. You must remove as much of the dirt and debris as possible before sanding.
Refinish and Reclaim
Refinishing pine floors allows the owners to upgrade from Southern Pine to Antique Reclaimed Pine without buying anything at all or tearing anything out for that matter. An example we offer folks goes like this; One owner buys LVT the owner Southern Pine, in ten years one has an asset worth $30,000, what does the other one have? Another floor cover, whatever the hottest new trend may be in ten years and the privilege of paying to have the old one torn out. Now most homeowners go on oblivious to what they have given up when they buy that first floor, not you because now you know the truth. Real wood is the only choice. So refinishing pine should never be option number two, do not even consider doing anything else until you see what is under the finish.
Choose finish type with desired characteristics
Finishing is part of refinishing, get it? Of course, you do, we want to simplify this process that some advice givers make confusing. Relax, the hard part is over as the “re” part of refinish seems to cause the most difficulty for some. Anyone can finish a floor, but not everyone can make your floor look its absolute best. Maximize the value of your investment by creating a showpiece for your home.
Customize your new Floor
Is it easy to maintain? What about chemical or VOC’s? Clear or tinted? The number of choices outside of Home Depot can be a little intimidating. Start with your goals, protection from dogs? Does that mean protection like a bar top or easy to fix? The plot thickens, right? Our company finishes Southern Yellow Pine using Monocoat, Bona and Tung Oil finishes all of which create wonderful floors, but they are quite different. For a discussion on finish the finishers comfort zone or style should play big part in decision. If your local professionals has track record with a certain finish type which fits your goals, perfect. We are here to help and walk you through the entire process customized to your project. If you are ready, contact us today and we can get started. If not keep researching your floor, it is an investment, keep that in mind!