Low maintenance, durability and increased home value are only a few of the benefits of wood floors compared to carpet. Take a look at this comparison:
|Only install wood floor once, lasts a lifetime||Wears out as years go by, sooner in high traffic areas|
|Easy clean up and maintenance, sweeping and mopping the extent of cleaning||Stains with spills, requires professional cleaning, needs replacing|
|Great for kids and pets, recommended by health officials & ecologically friendly||Hair can cling to carpet, creates problems for asthma, stain & dirt issues|
|Adds value to home, often twice what was paid for the floor, unique & adds style||Adds no value to home, unless replaced when selling|
|Affordable when looked at overall price of installation and maintenance||Costs more through replacement, cleaning|
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a wood floor be used in kitchens?
How long do I have to stay off my floor?
Choosing a pre-finished floor eliminates any need to stay off the floor. Compare a pre-finished to an unfinished installation:
|Custom Installation||Pre-Finished Installation|
|Allows you to pick and match stain color||No smell of polyurethane and very little dust|
|5-7 day process, must stay off and wait for finish to dry for several hours with a two-week cure period||Immediate access to floor, no waiting for finish to dry, no cure period|
|Available in a variety of widths and species||Available in a variety of widths and species|
|Offers a more unique look, lets you make it your own personal floor that no one else has||Variety of colors to choose from|
|Smooth, even finish over whole floor, no bevel||Has slight bevel between each piece|
What is the difference between refinishing and a recoat?
A recoat is a simple, one day process in which we buff the top coat of finish and apply a new one. If this is done every 4-5 years, it can avoid doing refinishing work, and is far less costly.
How much does a wood floor cost?
For refinishing, we charge about $3.95 to $4.45 per square foot. This is competitive with anyone in the area for the high quality of work we provide. Prices are determined by size and complexity of job and type of finish used.
For a recoat the cost is based on the area and time spent. A typical recoat is $250- $500 depending on the size. This is just an average, and may be more for large areas, such as a whole floor of a house.
How much of a mess is refinishing?
Should I use oil, hybrid or water-based finish on my floor?
Hybrid polyurethane and water-based polyurethane are the other options. Hybrid is just as the name implies – a combination of oil and water-based technologies. Water-based finishes are pure water-based technology. Their characteristics are similar, and they both dry in only two to three hours. They have little or no residual odor and, in the case of water-based finishes, are actually more durable than oil. Both have much lower VOC emissions than oil. Mark David Floors will help you choose the product best suited to your needs.
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