Dive Into the New Age of HardWood Floors
The high quality hardwood staircases that Cardenas installs are constructed from one solid piece of wood as opposed to the normal construction of several pieces of wood glued together, as you would find in lumber yard or home improvement store. This design, along with Cardenas's unique way of fastening the steps will leave you with a finished product that is unmatched in quality and beauty.
Custom Hardwood Floors
We have the artistic ability to custom-design beautiful hardwood flooring to fit your home. Custom inlaid medallions and borders are our speciality, from stock to custom designs. If you can show it to us, we can reproduce it.
Years ago, hardwood floors were hand-nailed, with nails 12-18 inches apart. Now with modern air-driven tools, 2 inch staples are placed 6-8 inches apart. Your floor will be sanded with state-of-the-art dust collecting sanders greatly reducing clean up in your home.
The installation process begins by measuring moisture in the house after the interior painting has been completed and after the basement cement has cured for over 45 days. After painting, your subfloor will absorb moisture and will grow to over 20% moisture content. This moisture must be expelled from the house by use of dehumidifiers and heat in winter months or air conditioning in summer months. It usually takes one week for this to occur. The subfloor moisture must be reduced to 14% before wood can be delivered to jobsite for acclimation. Wood then will acclimate for 4-7 days. Installation will begin when subfloor has reached 12%.
Advantage Coatings manufactures and supplies premier waterborne and oil-modified polyurethane coatings for wood floors. The products are exceptionally durable and clear. Their formulations is unique, eco-friendly, and are built with the highest-quality raw materials.
We use environmentally friendly finishes and stains. Their water based finishes are non-toxic and odorless. We recommend a satin finish because of its ease of maintenance, however semi-gloss finishes are also available.
Wood Floor Care Tips
Wood floors, properly finished, are the easiest of all floor surfaces to keep clean and new looking, unlike carpeted or resilient floors that show wear regardless of care.
Wood floors can be kept looking like new, year after year, with minimum care.
Since the overwhelming majority of wood floors are composed of solid hardwood, the care guide applies specifically to this type of flooring.
What is minimum care? A good rule of thumb is to vacuum and/or dust mop weekly. A damp mop can be used for spills, and when necessary general cleanup on floors which have non-waxed polyurethane or a similar surface finish. When traffic areas of surface finishes begin to show significant wear, screening and re-coating an entire floor is the least involved choice of maintenance. If a floor is waxed, occasional buffing helps renew the shine and remove scuff marks that may appear in the wax coating.
If the shine cannot be renewed in heavily used lanes, occasionaly re-waxing these areas may be necessary. Intervals for completely re-waxing a floor may extend to a year or longer when attention has been paid to proper care.