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remmuh wrote:
Aug 31st, 2009 2:01 pm
Hi,

I just moved into a place with hardwood in all rooms except the kitchen.
I would like to maybe put a protective layer of varnish on the floors before I move in, as this would probably be the best time to do it.

My question is, if the floor is already finished, would I need to lightly sand it first?
I've been looking at products and what is the difference between Minwax and Varathane floor finishes?
Do they make a difference?
Is Varathane Nano Defence worth it?
Or maybe there is another alternative which would work better?

Thanks in advance.
You have to do a light sand & apply finish & it's called screen & coat. If it's pre-finished wood & the bevel is a little bit deeper, you have a higher tendency of the new finish peeling off in that beveled area. If the floor is finished on site, a simple screen & coat is all you need. Nano finish is supposed to be stronger & a lot of finishes have Nano added. But at the same time you lose the clarity of the finish (looks more milky).
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patrob wrote:
Aug 31st, 2009 10:36 pm
You have to do a light sand & apply finish & it's called screen & coat. If it's pre-finished wood & the bevel is a little bit deeper, you have a higher tendency of the new finish peeling off in that beveled area. If the floor is finished on site, a simple screen & coat is all you need. Nano finish is supposed to be stronger & a lot of finishes have Nano added. But at the same time you lose the clarity of the finish (looks more milky).
THanks!
Do you recommend a certain product to use as a finish?
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THanks!
Do you recommend a certain product to use as a finish?
For staircases we usually use Varathane but for floors, it's better if you ask a floor re-finisher.
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Hi there,

I was looking at installing hardwood in a great room in my home. The one concern I have is that one side of the room (about a 1/4 of the room) has skylights and gets a great deal of sun. The other side of the room, although it has many windows, gets signifigantly less sunlight. I am worried about the floor on one side of the room fading or changing signifigantly in relation to the other side when it is the same flooring.
Is there a particular species of wood, or finish that would stand up to this type of situation than others?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi Patrob. I am new to RFD, and have spent the last hour going through this entire thread. I can't believe that it has been going for close to 2 years. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience. Now for my question - we are taking possession of a house in Thornhill mid-September and want to refinish the hardwood floors on the main floor before we actually move in. Can you give us the names of a couple of good refinishers in the area? I had one person come in with a quote of $2/ sq foot including sanding, staining and 2 coats of polyurethane. Is this reasonable or below market? Does the quarter round need to come up when the floors are being redone?
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Hi there,

I was looking at installing hardwood in a great room in my home. The one concern I have is that one side of the room (about a 1/4 of the room) has skylights and gets a great deal of sun. The other side of the room, although it has many windows, gets signifigantly less sunlight. I am worried about the floor on one side of the room fading or changing signifigantly in relation to the other side when it is the same flooring.
Is there a particular species of wood, or finish that would stand up to this type of situation than others?

Thanks in advance.
We install a lot of hardwood in upper hallways where they have skylights & oak or hickory shows no colour change. You have to be careful with maple, walnut, cherry & exotics. Looks for manufacturers that use UV cured finish.
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Hi Patrob. I am new to RFD, and have spent the last hour going through this entire thread. I can't believe that it has been going for close to 2 years. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience. Now for my question - we are taking possession of a house in Thornhill mid-September and want to refinish the hardwood floors on the main floor before we actually move in. Can you give us the names of a couple of good refinishers in the area? I had one person come in with a quote of $2/ sq foot including sanding, staining and 2 coats of polyurethane. Is this reasonable or below market? Does the quarter round need to come up when the floors are being redone?
Welcome to RFD :)

Yes, quarter round has to be removed to re-sand. $2 sq. ft. sanding, staining & finishing is cheap. Often this price is for natural & stain is more. I will PM you the contact info.
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patrob, do you guys stain oak steps?

I've asked the builder to leave my oak staircase unfinished as they were going to charge me a ridiculous amount for them to stain it. It's about 15 steps with railings.
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Hi Patrob,

I have a dilemma and would appreciate your advise.

I have an fairly open concept house and the floor joists change direction right in the middle of the place. The subloor is
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patrob, do you guys stain oak steps?

I've asked the builder to leave my oak staircase unfinished as they were going to charge me a ridiculous amount for them to stain it. It's about 15 steps with railings.
Yes but that depends how busy we are. When is your closing & location? sp
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Hi Patrob,

I have a dilemma and would appreciate your advise.

I have an fairly open concept house and the floor joists change direction right in the middle of the place. The subloor is
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My wife and I really like the look of wood flooring. We are building a house, but we have a 82lb German Shepherd dog.

Is there any chance of getting a hardwood that the dog won't destroy?

If not, can you recommend a good laminate that looks like real wood.
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Hi...

I was reading the installation requirements for the hardwood and they specify this:
... construction paper (15 lb/6 kg) on wood subfloors;
I actually have a roll of the BP Canada RG401 felt paper (link)... would that be the right stuff, or did I totally get the wrong thing? :)

thanks!
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Hi...

I was reading the installation requirements for the hardwood and they specify this:

I actually have a roll of the BP Canada RG401 felt paper (link)... would that be the right stuff, or did I totally get the wrong thing? :)

thanks!
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It's hell to install floors on that paper. It catches between boards & it's so thick if it does, you can't put the boards together. I don't know why some manufacturers specify it but regular flooring underlay (wax paper) works the best. We usually use that BP paper to cover the floors after installation.
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