Greg Warren Hardwood Floors in St George, Utah

Although I live in Cedar City many of my projects are in the St George region. St George is a fast growing location in Utah that is thriving with many families and retired people moving from outside the state to enjoy the climate, beauty and the lower cost of living.  Considering all this explosive growth much of my Hardwood Floor business is in the St George region. It only takes 45 minutes to arrive in St George from Cedar City so there is no premium cost to the residents in St George for me to supply them with my quality labor and business practices. I do have a stocked showroom of Hardwood floor samples in Cedar City if they wish to see them up close. Otherwise I can have samples shipped to their home for free off of picture chips online with my manufacturers. My favorite manufacturers are Somerset, Rewards, Shoega and Monarch Plank. All of these manufacturer’s make solid and engineered hardwood flooring in prefinished and unfinished with polyurethane and oiled finishes. There is also a demand for refinishing of existing hardwood floors in the St George region as there are few hardwood flooring contractors supplying that aspect of the trade. I have been refinishing hardwood floors since 1983 and I supply it with Dustless Technology. Read my 39 Five Star Reviews from former clients on the Houzz link on this page. Call or text me for a free estimate.

Greg Warren  (435) 691-4250

Greg Warren Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Floor Contractor for St George, Utah

Greg Warren Hardwood Floors Awarded “Best of Houzz 2017”

 

Greg Warren Hardwood Floors of Cedar City, UT

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

 

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World                                               

 

Palo Alto, CA, January 1, 2017Greg Warren Hardwood Floors of Cedar City, UT has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This Hardwood Flooring Dealer with over 35 years experience in the field installing, repair, finishing and refinishing was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

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Greg Warren Hardwood Floors provides Hardwood Floors that Last a Lifetime

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What One Needs to Know When Buying Prefinished Flooring

Manufacturers and dealers of Hardwood Floors don’t always inform the consumer of all the details when purchasing a Prefinished Hardwood Floor. Prior to year 2000 most of the manufacturers created Engineered Wood Floors with thick top veneers so that the consumer could refinish the floor a few times at an average of 15 year intervals. With the advent of Aluminium Oxide Polyurethane, (AO Poly for this discussion), in year 2000 thick top veneers no longer were a priority. This coating was warrantied for 25 years not to wear out. It could deluster in high traffic locations but not wear through to bare wood. Manufacturers decided that without the need for refinishing there was no need to pay for expensively thick finished veneers. They started manufacturing with thin top veneers. Although AO Poly does not wear it still dents and scratches like any other polyurethane and therefore needs to be refinished on the same schedule as site finished flooring. We are now at that 15 year time frame since the first AO Poly floors were installed and floor refinishers like myself are estimating these refinishes. The problem with these thinner veneers is there is not enough lumber to sand in many cases. AO Poly cannot be removed by sanding alone. It is so hard it dulls the sandpaper very quickly. To remove AO Poly one has to buff it off with diamond blades on a buffer plate. You can see that process under my “Refinishing” link in my website. I have pictures and discussion under “Removing Aluminium Oxide Polyurethane”. Once one scrapes the AO Poly off the floor then the sanding process can begin. Started the sanding process with  36 grit sandpaper to remove the scratches created by the diamond blades removes too much lumber from these thinner veneers. It is not practical or safe to  refinish these floors and therefore the homeowner is left with the decision of living with the floor or replacing. I have had to pass on many of these Engineered Floor refinishes and it is with regret to inform the potential client of their situation. Do not buy Engineered Floors unless there is a minimum of 3/16″ of top veneer. It is more imperative when the floor has a hand scraped finish as more lumber than normal has to be removed to get all the old finish off. In the long run buy smooth finished Hardwood floors whether they are Solid or Engineered Wood Floors. There is an upcharge to sand off AO Poly and an additional upcharge if they are hand scraped. Manufacturers and dealers of Hardwood Floors in most cases will not inform you of this information mostly due to ignorance or over marketing their products to make a sale.  Buyer’s beware!

Aluminium Oxide Polyurethane Changed the Wood Flooring Industry

In 1999 a new polyurethane was produced to apply in the manufacturing process of Engineered Hardwood Floors. It was named Aluminium Oxide Polyurethane. For this article I will just call it AO Poly as floor guys like to say. It literally changed our industry in regards to the job site finished floor market. AO Poly has a 25 year wear warranty unlike site finished oil and water based polyurethanes that have a one year warranty. All site finished polyurethanes have to be recoated on average every 5-7 years to keep the plastic film intact. Without the recoat worn areas will begin to show in high traffic locations like around the kitchen sink, entry and exit doors and walking paths. AO Poly will not wear in these same locations due to its chemical structure. Therefore one never needs to recoat the floor until one is tired of the color, dents or scratches that build over the years.

What has changed for the Hardwood floor Contractor is  the percentage of jobs that are site finished  vs prefinished in the factory. Before AO Poly most Hardwood Floor Contractors performed approximately 80% site finished to 20% Prefinished flooring. Now it is the other way around and Prefinished Hardwood Flooring is gaining ground over site finished yearly as the consumer begins to understand the benefits of AO Poly finished flooring. It means more installing and less finishing for the Hardwood Floor Contractor. More on this topic later……

Refinishing Hand Scraped Floors in Cedar City, UT

A former client selling their home wanted to refinish their solid Brazilian Cherry floors we put in 12 years ago. It was a beveled hand scraped floor but in order to modernize the home we sanded out the bevels and the hand scraping. Smooth floors are back in style with the design community. It takes a lot of sanding to get back to flat but it is worth it as many of the refinishes we are “tackling” are these older hand scraped floors. If you are interested in refinishing your hand scraped floor to remove the bevels and the texture contact me and I will give you a free estimate. My time is yours.

Greg Warren Hardwood Floors is located in Cedar City, UT.