Colors and Process
Consistency of preparation is critical for any hardwood sanding project involving application of color to a wood floor.
Restaining Wood Floors
Restaining wood floors involves removing all of the existing finish via sanding. Once there is a blank slate, the choice for color options can be daunting. Having a clear picture of the look you desire for floor color requires knowing the type of floor you have or want to install in your home.
It helps to understand a few details about your flooring. For example, if you can identify the species based on certain characteristics, you can further identify projects for ideas. In addition, the species, grade, or grain of your floor will affect the look to a degree.
A Prepared Choice
The look of a color is influenced by a variety of factors beyond the flooring material choice:
- Surrounding wall colors
- Ambient lighting
- Sun exposure
I have covered this in a video for those who prefer that format. Please consider that samples and colors are best selected in the location of the project and with proper lighting sources. A showroom or design center will have different overall lighting than your home.
Grain and Character
The milling and grading of flooring greatly impact the look of color in a home. How a stain or color will absorb is partially determined by the density of flooring, the sanding process, and product chemistry. Janka hardness is the measure by which flooring is measured for hardness or density. Although, it should be noted that the fibers of wood species vary in tensile strength and elasticity. Grading and character are discussed in this post by Hickman Woods.
Following application of a stain color, the wood surface will need to be protected. This can be via film forming or penetrating finish. The maintenance schedules vary for either finish type as well as the overall appearance.
Estimates and Advice
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