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Hardwood Floor Refinishing | Hardwood Floor 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 your expectations are met.

  • Prior to our arrival please remove all furnishings, draperies, paintings and other items from the room. Timberline Floors is not insured against damages to these items, so removal will be your responsibility. For new installations, the wood will need to acclimate inside a weather tight home for up to 2 weeks.​

  • 8:30 to 9:30 is the normal start time. Be prepared for some disruptive noise; air compressors and sanding equipment can be quite loud. The use of Dust Containment/Vacuum Systems can greatly minimize the air-born dust created by traditional sanding methods.

  • 3:00 is the normal time we arrive to apply the Finish Coats. However, depending on the morning schedule it may be after 4:00. When the finish is applied, stay off your floors until it has dried. The time required for drying will vary depending on the humidity and temperature of the home as well as the type of finish used.

  • You may put your furniture back in place after the final coat has dried for a day. Putting felt pads on furniture legs will reduce scratches and dents. Throw rugs should be placed at doorways and sink areas, but area rugs should be placed only after the finish has cured for 30 days.

  • Keep in mind that no two floor boards will be identical. Variations in appearance are completely normal. Some floor boards will be darker in color then others and some will be lighter. As your floor ages, some color changes can occur. This also is normal, but can be minimized by limiting exposure to direct sunlight, and periodically moving furniture and rugs. Cracks are normal as well, and will appear and disappear between floor boards during seasons of high and low humidity. When identifying irregularities Flooring Inspectors recommend inspecting the floor from a standing position in non-reflective lighting.

  • Finally, keep your wood floors looking their best by properly maintaining them. Use a cleaning product recommended for your floors, and use it regularly to keep them looking beautiful for years to come. Avoid walking on your floor with high heels or cleats.​

What to Expect