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Can You Put Hardwood Floors in The Bathroom?

Posted by Avi Hadad on Wed, Jun 07, 2017

We all love wood floors. Wood is warmer and better than other flooring options. We can find wood floors in almost every home, from entryways to living rooms to every bedroom and closet. We often get questions like: “can we put hardwood floors in the bathroom”? Yes of course, but it is not that black and white. We don’t recommend solid wood floors in bathrooms with full showers or bathtubs, just because wood and water don’t mix. Wood will react to extreme changes in relative humidity and that is exactly what a steamy shower does. Despite my last statement, we did install solid wood floors in the past in full bathrooms with showers.

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Top Five Complaints and how to Avoid Them

Posted by Avi Hadad on Sun, Apr 02, 2017

If you are a professional hardwood flooring contractor like me, installing wood floors becomes a second nature. From the preparation to the final product – it is a careful step by step process. Done right, it can yield a floor that can last more than a 100 years. It sounds so easy just reading about floor installation or watching a video on YouTube. So why are there so many problems in reality? Because installing a wood floor is not that easy. Every day home owners pay a good amount of money for so called professionals to install their floors, only to have a problem floor shortly after.

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Hiring a Professional to Sand and Finish Your Hardwood Floors – Understand What You Pay For

Posted by Avi Hadad on Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Here at Avi’s Hardwood Floors we specialize in installing, sanding and finishing wood floors. That is all we do, every day five days a week all year. One client said to me recently that he did not appreciate the full art and effort it took to refinish a floor until he saw us in action.

These days it seems most flooring products in the market are part of a trend of colors like gray and white. These floors are mostly engineered and often wire brushed which means – you cannot refinish them in the future. The art of sanding and finishing is slowly disappearing as the need for craftsmanship is declining. The market is filled with more people who can only install floors at a simple straight layout, yet alone add borders or set inlays and medallions.

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How We Contain Wood Dust

Posted by Avi Hadad on Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Hardwood-Floor-Kitchen-White-CabinetsAt Avi’s Hardwood Floors we use several ways to control the cleanliness of your home while we sand and finish your wood floors.

We start with a clean site. Normally we would vacuum the floors and spend time taping off areas of the home where we don’t work. If we work in kitchen area we tape off all cabinets and if you have a big tv and wall mount speakers we will tape them off as well.

We use state of the art sanding machines – these machines are expensive industrial type sanders that are specifically designed for wood sanding. These sanders are the only ones in the world tested for wood dust emissions and are the most efficient in dust containment. Sounds like magic, right? Not really. We have seen other contractors claim to be dust free when in fact all they have is an old sander with a cheap utility vacuum attached to it. A vacuum sucks in the air and blows out air. If the vacuum is not designed to capture and contain the fine particles of dust then that dust will end up back in the air.

 

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Why Should You Be Concerned about Wood Dust?

Posted by Avi Hadad on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

  • Hardwood-Floor-hallway-staris-livingroomWood dust is not something our bodies can process. Wood dust is one of the more common causes of health problems especially lung related conditions.
  • Wood dust can irritate our bodies in many ways, for example breathing exotic wood dust can cause nose bleeds which we have seen happen on a job site. Dust rubbing on your body can cause skin rashes and other health conditions.
  • Wood dust is very hard to clean. We have heard stories about people cleaning their homes months after a sanding job was completed because dust was still settling in parts of the home. Wood dust is fine and light so once airborne it can travel all around your home.
  • A job site that is dirty will only yield a dirty floor finish. How can anyone provide a clean coat of finish when the air is full of dust? One of the most common finish complaints by home owners is debris in the final coat of finish on their wood floors.

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