Home Protection Meets Bona

You decided to make a flooring change, and you're excited! You might also be concerned about protecting the rest of your home during the process of gaining great, new floors. We have a solution for you.

The care of your home is our top priority during our flooring installations. One of the best techniques we use for home protection is the Bona Dust Containment System. Instead of the 'dust storm' images that used to accompany the thought of sanding, grinding, and refinishing floors, take a look at how our unique process works:

As you can see, the dust leaves with us! You enjoy a new floor instead of hassling with dust weeks later. Are you ready to get started? Visit our Contact Us page to schedule a consultation.

Acclimation is NOT a Time Thing

Acclimation issues show up in some inspections that I perform. The typical response from the builder or installer is that the flooring was acclimated in the building for two weeks, "just like the book says." In some inspection reports, the inspector states that the flooring was acclimated for two weeks, and then rules out any potential acclimation issues.

Acclimation is not a time thing. Acclimation is about getting the moisture content (MC) of the flooring right; that is, to something near the long-term expected levels for that building. If the indoor environment isn't right or the length of time is wrong, acclimation will still happen, but to the wrong moisture level. For example, the target (long-term expected) MC for my house is 8%. If I brought wood with a MC of 6% into my house in the winter when the indoor EMC was 6%, the wood acclimates to 6%, not the 8% I want. If I bring 9% MC wood into my house in the winter, it could acclimate to 6% rather than the desired 8%.

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What to Expect from Your Installation

Once you’ve decided to install or refinish a wood floor, you may wonder what will happen next. Knowing what to expect before, during, and after the work takes place will help ensure a high-quality job.

Before work begins, remove all furnishings, draperies, paintings, and other items from the room. For new installations, the wood will need to acclimate, which will vary from two days to two weeks or even longer depending on the species.

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Top 10 Questions to Ask When Buying Wood Flooring

1. Which type of wood floor is right for me, solid or engineered?

That depends on where you want to install it. Both solid and engineered wood floors are made using real wood, so both are environmentally friendly. 

Solid wood flooring is exactly what the name implies: a solid piece of wood from top to bottom. The thickness of solid wood flooring can vary, but generally ranges from 3/4” to 5/16”. Solid wood can be used in any room that is above grade (above ground). One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished many times.  Solid wood floors are ideal in family/living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and even kitchens and powder rooms. About the only place you can’t use solid wood flooring is in the basement, but there’s a solution for that area too. 

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