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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to refinish my hardwood floors?
What is the general process to refinish my floors?
Will my house become dusty?
Are the machines you use loud?
Do you use machinery that is dangerous?
Do you repair existing floors?
Can I have a border or an inlay in my new floor?
How long will it take before my new prefinished floor is completely done?
How long will it take for both new installation and sanding?




How long does it take to refinish my hardwood floors?

Generally it depends on the size and condition of the floor. Our teams sand approx. 500-1000 square feet per day. Many times we can stain the floor or apply the first coat at the end of a sanding day. Then it takes an additional day per coat of polyurethane. For example, three coats is standard, therefore, it takes three additional days. Stairs and handrails are always by situation only.

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What is the general process to refinish my floors?

After signing the contract and making the deposit, you are then put on the schedule. When one of our teams arrives, we begin by putting up plastic barriers to keep all dust from entering the rest of your home. We will need to hook up our big sanding machine to either a washer/dryer outlet, or to your main power box on the side of your house (220v). The floor is then sanded at least three more complete times (rough and fine sanding, and screening). Then the dust is removed from that section of the house and we begin the process of staining and/or coating the floor. If your floor is to be stained, we will stain it first, then apply three coats of polyurethane or moisture cured. If not, we will apply the three coats.

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Will my house become dusty?

Because we are sanding off a layer of your hardwood floor, dust will be inevitable. However, we seal off the room we are working on to minimize dust from entering other regions of the house. If you have any questions, please ask one of our team members, or call us before we begin improving your home so the correct preparations can be made.

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Are the machines you use loud?

Yes. Every day our team members use protective ear plugs. For your convenience, we can offer you some protective ear plugs. Just ask one of our team members and we will be happy to assist you.

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Do you use machinery that is dangerous?

The machinery in itself is not dangerous, but can be in the wrong hands. In both the installation and refinishing process we use machines that can cause harm to others if used in an inappropriate manner. Table saws, chop saws, and other sanding equiptment can be very dangerous. We ask that our work areas be designated for IHC employees only.

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Do you repair existing floors?

Yes, it very common on old floors to do repairs due to pets, termites, water, etc. Sometimes we do not find these repairs until the carpet is removed. This can delay the finishing time from 0-2 days depending on the size of the repair.

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Can I have a border or an inlay in my new floor?

Yes. Both borders and inlays are very common, but must be discussed prior to the job beginning date. Ask Paul or one of our team members for a sample cd and you can see some examples of our work.

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How long will it take before my new prefinished floor is completely done?

This is a case by case senario, although here are some general ideas. We can install approx. 150-500 square feet per day. The more open the room(s) is, the faster the completion is. The more turns, hallways, kitchens, and corners, the longer it will take.

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How long will it take for both new installation and sanding?

The installation will take approx. 1-5 days if it is less than 1800 square feet. Then the floor needs two weeks or more, depending on the location of your home, for your new floor to acclimate to it's surroundings. After that time, we will return to sand and coat the floor. Sanding will take 1-4 days. 3 coats = 3 additional days Add additional day for staining.

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