Flooring Facts

Dickel Floor Supply Can Source Longer and Wider Hardwood and Softwood Boards for Your Wood Floor Installation

If you look down at a floor installed in the 1960’s you may have noticed the boards of the floor appear to be longer.  In fact, they are. Earlier floors had boards up to 10 feet long as compared to today’s 8 foot long floor boards. Why are Floor Lengths Shorter Today? Well the "short" answer is TRUCKING! A tractor trailer is only 8 feet wide. So... Read More

When Would I Choose Luxury Vinyl Tile Over Wood?

Good question. The new luxury vinyl tile or LVTs are some of the most durable floor choices on the market today. You know I love telling stories, right?  Here is a quick one that pertains to this very topic. Luxury Vinyl Tiles Are Durable We were doing a large commercial job and I over-ordered some LVT, which I ended up buying from the... Read More

Why Do We Need to Abrade Between Coats of Finish?

Well, there are some products you don’t have to abrade between coats but let’s start with the finishes that do need abrasion. Oil Based and Waterborne Polyurethane This finish is in my opinion the best breakthrough for the clear finish world since clear finish has been used. This product was designed to mimic varnish. However varnish isn’t... Read More

How Long Will It Take My Newly Refinished Wood Floor to Cure?

Well that’s a tough one. It’s tough because there are so many different kinds of finishes and each one has a different cure time. Drying Time of Oil Base Polyurethane Let’s start with oil-base polyurethane. The short answer is about 30 days. But, there are a few more factors to consider for this finish. Like, are you adding stain first? How many... Read More

Can Prefinished Wood Floors be Refinished?

I often get asked if prefinished wood floors can be refinished. It’s a great question. However the answer is not cut and dried. There are a lot of different products out there. Most Prefinished Floors are Finished with a Product Made From Abrasives The most common prefinished wood floor is ¾” thick. These floors have a thick wood layer and their... Read More

Every Wood Floor Can Be Refinished

It’s true! Careful refinishing can extend the lifespan of an average hardwood floor to about 200 years. It also can extend the life of engineered floors. Refinishing Hardwood Floors is About Sanding When your hardwood floor was installed it needed several sanding passes to remove the irregularities and make the floor smooth and flat. The sander... Read More

What is the difference between floor refinishing and floor restoration?

Floor Refinishing vs. Floor Restoration There is a big difference between refinishing a floor and restoring one. Let me explain. Refinishing a  Hardwood Floor When you refinish a floor you are either sanding or screening a floor to remove the scratched and dull finish. Then you re-coat the floor with new layers of finish to renew the floor’s... Read More

Stain: Getting to the Right Color

Have you ever tried to pick out a color stain only to find that it’s just not the right color? Did you know you can mix colors? Yep, you don’t need to take it out of the can. Mix Colors to Achieve the Color You Want There are basically four colors to work with: yellow, orange, red and brown. Let’s start with a light color like yellow for your... Read More

Should I choose pre-finished or site finished hardwood flooring?

Prefinished vs Site Finished Hardwood Floors Hmmm tuff one. Let’s start off with the difference between the two finishes. You need to understand that the boards on a site finished floor are leveled through a series of sanding passes. Whereas, a micro-bevel hides the unevenness between the hardwood boards in a prefinished floor. Even or Ridges?... Read More

Which is better waterborne polyurethanes or oil-based polyurethanes?

Waterborne vs. Oil-Based Polyurethane This is the age old question- which is better waterborne polyurethanes or oil-based polyurethanes? Well, some waterborne polyurethanes are better than oil base poly’s and some oil-based polyurethanes are better than  waterborne. Around 1980 I was introduced to the first generation of waterbase. One of my... Read More

How Do You Apply Waterborne Polyurethane?

This can be a tough one because there are so many ways depending on your experience. I forget who said “practice makes perfect, providing the practice is perfect“ but, If you’ve never done this before, you will almost be an expert when you're finished. So, for a first timer grab a large paint pad. If there are two of you then 2 paint pads: one... Read More

Can you freshen up your hardwood floor with a new top-coat of oil-base polyurethane?

Your wood floor finish needs to be freshened up. How do you re-finish your floor with oil-based polyurethane? A Little Floor Finish History The most commonly used early oil-base finish was varnish. Once applied the floor required a wax coat to keep the floor water resistant. Varnish looks like today’s polyurethane. Since, you are are freshening... Read More

Do you know what species of wood you can bleach?

Bleach and Wood Some floors look great when they’re natural. I look at them as black and white, they go with everything, however, some people want to change the color of their wood floors. Staining is a way to achieve darker looking floors, whereas bleaching is a way to achieve lighter looking floors. Wood with natural red Red Wood It’s very... Read More

Do you know how to apply stain to your floor?

If you read my last floor fact on, How to Prepare Your Floors for Stain , then you are ready for stain. Stain Color First, you need to decide which color stain you want. It’s a good idea to look around your home and see if there’s something you want to match, like a cabinet door, or a piece of furniture to create continuity within the room. If... Read More

Do you know how to prepare your floors for stain?

Sanding and Stain Looking to change the color of your floor? It's all in the prep. For this you need to be a little more careful on how you sand your floor. I would give this a difficulty level of 8 or 9 out of 10, depending on how dark you want the wood to look. The darker the stain, the less forgiven your sanding will be. Preparing your Floors... Read More

Do you know how to select the best finish?

What’s the best finish for me? To answer this question, first you have to ask yourself a few questions. What do I want as a final appearance? And how much time and effort do I want to put into maintaining my floors? Knowing your Finish Choices Here are a few different finish choices: Oil Finish Let’s start with a simple buff in vegetable type... Read More

Do you know the many factors to selecting and applying clear finish to your floors?

Finish protects your floors After all the hard work of sanding down your floors, your floor is ready for the clear finish. Now let’s see, what kind of finish should I use? Well they all say they’re the best, this one does this and that one does that. I recommend that you go to the place where you rented your sanders from and ask them. I’m sure... Read More

Did you know where floating floors were first used?

How Floating Floors came to be Well, here’s a bit of trivia for you. In most European countries when you rented an apartment (also known as a flat), you got four walls - that’s it. Kitchen cabinets, floors, as well as furniture you had to supply yourself. Although it’s easy to roll out a piece of carpet, a wood floor not so much. Floor... Read More

Did you know you can pickle stain your wood floor?

Pickled Stain   So, let’s talk about pickling your floor. If you are starting with a wood like, let’s say, birch. Birch has a slight brown primary color. When you pickle it white, it becomes more of a beige color. When my daughter was little, around 8 years old, I asked her, “Honey what color do you want to paint your room?” She said, “Daddy I... Read More

Did you know if you put a piece of Oak in a glass of water you can blow bubbles through it?

Water and Wood Yep it’s true, all wood takes on moisture and loses moisture depending on the relative humidity. Some woods such as Oak, Ash and other open-grained woods have air channels running through them like little tunnels. Closed-grained woods such as Maple, Birch and Pine absorb water like a sponge. How Water Damages Wood If you’ve ever... Read More

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