NHance vs Traditional Wood Floor Refinishing

Potential clients call me to have their worn, dented and scratched floors brought back “like new”, the way they looked when they were first installed. That takes place by removing the top layer of wood which includes the old finish and stain but it also removes all the discolorations, dents, scratches and gaps between the boards. If the floor had distorted due to various moisture issues that is resolved during the sanding process. The color can also be changed to meet the new design of the homeowners lite remodel. This is called Traditional Hardwood Floor Refinishing. You can see my refinished floors on the “Refinishing” link and read those client reviews on the houzz.com link on each page. I currently have 48 five star reviews as well as 13 five star reviews on the Google My Business link.

Another process that I perform is the Recoating of existing Hardwood Floors. This is the NHance Technology that you are seeing recently being sold in Southern Utah. There are very few floors that this method will achieve a satisfactory result. It is exclusively for floors that are in very good shape. Meaning they have no unsightly worn areas, dents or scratches. It works very well for floors where the luster has dampened. It will bring back the original even shine across the floor. One reason that I rarely perform a Recoat is adhesion problems. Since most lived on floors acquire contamination from spills, foot traffic and cleanings that disperse layers of dirty cleaning solutions across the floor, it becomes a problem attaching a new finish to that surface. Although every effort is performed in removing those contaminants, there is no way to really know if one has removed it all. There are also many products out in the stores that have silicone and acrylic additives in their cleaning solutions. When that gets in the pores of the wood one cannot completely remove them. Consumers have also been told irresponsibly to “Wax” their floors. Again a huge damaging contaminant. If the new coating begins to peel the only solution is to perform a traditional refinish. That is why I do not direct my potential clients towards the NHance Recoating Method or Recoat Method as it is generally called by the National Wood Flooring Association of Licensed Contractors.

The NHance website says in order to open a franchise one does not need experience. I can tell you from the personal experiences of many Hardwood Floor Contractors, including myself, that it takes several years of on the job experience to become proficiently skilled to perform your first job unsupervised by a skilled mechanic. The NHance Method or Recoating of Wood floors is not an easy process. It takes years of experience to determine whether the floor can accept a new coating through various tests of the existing surface for contamination. Then having the skills to apply the new coating seamlessly without leaving drips, flow lines and applicator marks on the floor. Selling my potential clients methods that do not achieve an excellent result with the potential of contamination failure at their expense is not something I want to be involved. It is Buyer Beware!

Greg Warren Hardwood Floors performs services in Washington County, Iron County and other Surrounding Counties of Southern Utah.

Greg Warren Hardwood Floors Awarded “Best of Houzz 2018”

Greg Warren Hardwood Floors of Southern Utah
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

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 10, 2018 – Greg Warren Hardwood Floors of Cedar City, UT has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Greg Warren’s 35 years of service 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.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Greg Warren Hardwood Floors motto is “Hardwood Floors that last the life of the house”. By applying his own guidelines of exceeding all the specifications of the National Wood Floor Association he can deliver a floor that can withstand generations of trouble free service for the homeowners that live on those floors.

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About Greg Warren Hardwood Floors
A Dealer of Hardwood Floors, Installation, Finishing and Refinishing

Greg Warren Hardwood Floors in Santa Clara, Utah

I am finding many homeowners calling me from Santa Clara to buy new flooring or adding on to their existing Hardwood Floors. Many are also electing to refinish their existing Hardwood Floors to a more contemporary color as the natural color has a dated look in their opinion. I am available for all these choices. With free estimates every Friday I can help you create a new vision for your home at prices that are lower than retail flooring stores. With that I give you the benefit of my 35 years in the Hardwood Floor Business as well as the experience I will be applying to the installation and finishing of your new hardwood floors. I don’t send installers and finishers to your home because I “am” the installer & finisher. I usually bring along a helper that is fully supervised by me the entire day that works along side me. Call me if you would like to discuss your project. I take call Monday through Saturday.

Greg Warren   (435) 691-4250

Greg Warren Hardwood Floors in Santa Clara, UT

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……